How you get a 92% wolf-dog: [some breeders in some states are getting pure timberwolves from canada for breeding purposes. if it isn't illegal, imo, it is immoral and despicable]
100% + 0% = 50%
100% + 50% = 75%
100% + 75% = 87.5
100% + 87.5 = 93.75
93.75 + 87.5 = 90.65
90.625 + 93.75 = 92.186
Unless the breeder has a lot of wolves and dogs from different lines, this sounds like a lot of inbreeding to me. I did not know any of this when i got sammy,but he died too young and my brother had one die of autoimmune very young too. I have talked to many, including my brother, about why it is wrong to breed wolves with dogs, but many people are not listening.
Here is a piece of what the North American Alliance of wolves (NAWA) has to say about wolf-dogs.
"On the subject of Wolfdogs
There is a hidden cruelty behind the captive wolf and wolfdog trade.
It is our life's work, to put an end to it. Breeders are motivated by profit.
When you hand over the check, what takes place is called, "immediate gratification". Rarely is there any educational benefit afforded the buyer -
it might kill the sale. When the new owner gets this animal home and the novelty wears off, and the sobering reality of exactly how much work this is going to be sets in... the animal is often "dumped". Sometimes, they are passed hand to hand like a child caught in the foster-care system.
Sometimes, they're simply killed. The new "family" often discovers that this animal cannot be forced to alter their natural characteristics to fit neatly
into a suburban lifestyle. They are not dogs. They do not behave as dogs do.
They cannot be "trained" to perform in a polite, agreeable manner.
Animals who have 50% or more wolf DNA are, for all intensive purposes, in their own mind - wolf.
Wolves are opportunists. That's the way the
Creator made them. Opportunists seize opportunities.
This animal is a good animal, he or she wants to do good, they want to please you - you
can see it in their eyes. But, make no mistake - they are still opportunists -
and when an opportunity presents itself, everything you tried to "teach" them flies right out of their little brains with all the speed of a run-away freight train. Trust me on this.
Underneath all that gorgeous fur on their face, is the word
"Mischief", tattooed into their foreheads.
Don't make yourself a sandwich and leave it on the coffee table (or in
some cases, the counter-top) while you look for the remote control.
And, when you return and discover the deed done -
don't try to take the sandwich back.
Don't leave pantry doors open, garbage pails out in the open and whatever
you do, don't leave them unsupervised for any length of time.
I once mistakenly left the pantry door open while I went to the mail box -
it was only 15 yards away. When I returned, Miss Mitake` had every box
of rice, every sack of beans, every bag of lentils, every container of pasta
and every possible piece of dry goods in that pantry open and strewn -
not only throughout the kitchen- but on into the living room, down the
hallway and into my office - I was only gone for three minutes!
A year later, I was still vacuuming up rice from behind the sofa.
Speaking of sofa's - don't fall in love with your furniture, unless you
happen to be of a mind that teeth-marks in your cherry-wood dining room table is "chic". Keep your "Dustbuster" well charged, splinters will be
peppered throughout your home on a consistent basis. Everyone who comes here has heard me say, "The main source of dietary fiber in this house is wolf-hair".. it gets into everything.
Don't get too attached to a nice yard either. Ours looks like it's been contracted by the military for tactical maneuvers and laced with land mines.
If there's something down there -anything at all; old tennis shoes, dirty rags,
a can of skoal, someone's underwear, (?) a dead squirrel carcass (from 1934) -
whatever - it MUST be unearthed - regardless of how deep
it's buried. Fourteen foot down you say? No problem.
Now, if I could just get her interested in gold or silver...
Can they climb? (hehehe)... Their behavior is anything but dog-like. So, if
have youngsters and you've ever "child-proofed" your
home -expect to have it that way forever.
At least with kids, they grow up and you can look forward to
getting your house back in order - not so with wolfdogs.
Oh, they may go for days - even weeks - without an incident that would
cause you to mistrust that angelic little face - then all of a sudden, out of
the blue - for no provocation that you can see - they take a shine to your
favorite pair of shoes, or a stray dog strolls across the lawn as they watch
from the window - and marking their territory in the living
room seemed like a good idea at the time...
To put it in a nutshell - they are freaks of humans. I used to say "nature",
but then thought better of it. Nature didn't fashion this animal, man did.
They have just enough dog in them to lack the good sense to be afraid of humans, and just enough wolf to be undomesticatable.
They cannot survive in the wild as a species as they cannot
compete with a true predator for a food source. They can't make it in our society as they have no manners. They can't be fully domesticated to the point of trustworthiness - with any regularity.
They are still "pack" animals and require the companionship and interaction of their own kind (or as close as they can get) to be emotionally stable.
In truth, they belong nowhere. They are outcasts by both species. As beautiful
as Miss Mitake`is, and as deeply as I love her, I know in my heart that she should never have been.
Now, before you judge me on that statement,
let me paint a picture for you - one, I am all too familiar with;
We fully understand the attraction to these creatures. But, all too often after the excitement of owning one begins to ebb, the heavy burden of responsibility sets in. They are demanding. Tiring. Loaded with endless
energy (that pink bunny with the drum isn't even in the same league).
They have their own ideas about things - and aren't likely to adopt yours anytime soon. When they cannot be made to conform, it makes for a hotbed of emotions and a battle of the "wills" begins.
To beat an animal for any infraction, is unforgivable in my eyes. To beat an animal for simply being what they are, is reprehensible. For all the digging, chewing and annoying pranks Mitake` has ever pulled - not once
has she heard a disparaging word from me. She is what she is. I knew that when I rescued her and made her a part of my family. While Marc and I speak the language of "wolf", and we permit her to be what she is to the very best of our ability, she is still living in a world of
humans and she has to adhere to some rules.
Under the best of circumstances, life is difficult for her.
It's not her fault she is what she is.
She didn't ask to be here - she was created by
man for his reasons and she, and others like her
will ultimately pay the price for that whim.
Generally, when it becomes clear that this animal will not be brought to "heel", the abuse starts. Even if the animal isn't beaten physically, condemned to a life of loneliness and deprivation in the back yard chained to a tree, is still abuse. Sometimes they end up in worse situations -
like the poor souls whom we rescued back in 1997 that catapulted us into the rescue arena - and two of them died before we could legally get them out of that place.
There are other considerations; Miss Sadie, a sweet, loving, quiet
animal whom we believe to be a collie/wolf mix was nothing but a breeding machine for 14 years. We're told that she was bred to a male wolf every single time she came into heat. She produced 52 puppies. Can you imagine? This was her life - she has known nothing else.
Sadie was either pregnant or nursing for 14 long years. We hope to offer her a well deserved rest, a lot of love and some time to herself.
For whatever it's worth, I'm asking you to be responsible about this
undertaking. I'm asking you to do the right thing.
If, after everything you've read here (and this ain't the half of it), you
are still compelled to share your life with one, please don't go out and buy one - creating a demand for more.
The breeders will go away when the market goes away.
Education is the only answer.
Find out what the responsibilities are. Find
out what the costs are - these animals will require special
enclosures. A wolf can challenge a 10 foot fence - and win.
Wolfdogs are just as capable.
Discuss your findings with family members - you're asking them to make long-term sacrifices in their lifestyle as well. Some mix well with children and some do not. It is important here to remind you that they are still part wolf. They play by different rules than you do.
The more you learn about those rules, the better off you'll be.Remember, these animals are also individuals - so it would be unfair (and unintelligent) to make a blanket statement that paints them all as unpredictable and totally untrustworthy. Some are more predictable than others - just like people.
When you look into sharing your life with one in earnest, and you decide this is a go - get everything in place, then get on a rescue list.
If the organization or group is a credible one, the animal will be spayed/neutered before placement. It would be far more responsible and compassionate to provide a loving environment for an unwanted animal than to go out and buy one, placing a demand on the market for more. For every responsible person out there who has the
knowledge and commitment to care for a wolfdog properly,
we have as many as 70 or more who do not.
It is a social problem. And it creates a nightmare for the poor animals who fall into inexperienced hands. The only true way to make sure that these animals don't get into trouble, is to stop breeding them - period.
We estimate that there are upwards of 600,000 to 1.5 million captive wolves and wolfdogs, right now, across the United States in trouble.
When there are so many who desperately need a place to go,
it is clearly irresponsible to breed more.
If you have read all of this,
taken it to heart, and still feel compelled
to share your life with a wolfdog,
Please call us.
(281) 821-4884 "
Posted by Bluewolf due to the nature of the topic.