“I got both of them from local shelters. When I got her in 2006, the staff told me she was a shepherd husky. I go to the dog park, I’m meeting people with shepherd husky mixes, and they look nothing like her. I get in my car, I’m driving, I look in the rearview mirror, I see these eyes and I’m like, I’ve got a wolf in my car. Then, when she was 10-months old, there was a shepherd breeder and trainer in the dog park, and at the end of the lesson, the trainer came up to me and asked, ‘What kind of dog is that?’ And I’m thinking, Shepherd husky. You should know, you are a breeder. She said, ‘That’s a wolf.’”
Thats mildly hilarious
This is in no way what a wolfdog looks like. At all. And what’s worse, the one in the front is severely overweight.
Wolfdogs retain many wolf traits, even if they are low content. This persons dogs look exactly like German shepherdXmalamute mixes, with absolutely NO wolf traits in them. Like these dogs. (no wolf content in them)
They have (compared to a wolfdog) short thick legs, a wide nose, long pointed ears, their ears are not well-furred, they have dark brown eyes, their chests are wide, and the fact that they are perfectly content (though they look hot) laying outside a business by the street without freaking the fuck out tells me that they have no wolf in them.
Not every dog with a mask and thick fur is a wolfdog. People need to understand this. It’s been said so many times but telling people your dog is a wolfdog is not only potentially deadly to your dog, it is part of the larger problem of misrepresentation.
If you say your dog is a wolfdog, people will think any dog that closely resembles your dog is a wolfdog.
Wolfdogs are illlegal in many places, and if caught generally euthanized. Wolfdogs are also seen as pests (and in fact, so are actual wolves) by ranchers and neighbors (not to mention hunters) and it is well known that they are shot and killed.
If you tell people your well-behaved dog is a wolfdog, someone out there will think to themselves “I think I can handle a wolfdog!” then they get an ACTUAL wolfdog and it ends up being a nightmare and they euthanize it or dump it at a shelter. Normal animal shelters are incapable of taking care of a wolfdog so they either kill it or dump it on a rescue able to care for it.
This is not an uncommon problem. There are way too many wolfdogs in sanctuaries because someone thought it would be awesome to have one (being mislead either by a breeder or someone with a “wolfdog” like the ones above.) and it turns out to be more than they can remotely handle.
And just as a comparison, here are some actual wolfdogs. Now look back up at those two. Is the owner serious?
High content wolfdogs
Mid content wolfdogs
Low content wolfdogs