Episode 7: Wolfdog Breeders: Jerry Mills, Lynn Savage, & Vicki Spencer – 03/30/2015 at 8:00 PM



JERRY MILLS – Lone Wolf Kennels:   Jerry Mills is a well respected, highly regarded member and breeder in the Wolfdog Community. He is recognized for his educational abilities on all things relating to wolves and wolfdogs, and his success in breeding social, trainable, well tempered, confident, and extremely loving animals. He has done a great deal of study on the wolves of Isle Royal and has followed them closely for years. Jerry has sat on the advisory board for Phoenix Exotics and on the board of directors for the Florida Lupine Association. He has been greatly involved in rescue work across the board for decades; and especially providing aid to Full Moon Farm wolfdog sanctuary. Jerry Mills is a straight to the point, pull no punches kind of man. He gives it to you straight in either laymen terms or carefully articulated dialogue. Jerry Mills can come across as being biased at times, for that, he has the knowledge and education to afford him his opinions and views and seldom is he wrong. He has a great disposition about him, he’s funny, witty, and would not think twice to help anyone out with any issues concerning wolf dogs.Jerry’s involvement with wolves and wolfdogs started when he one day saw an ad in the paper for a “50% wolfdog puppy”. This animal was originally sold to a college student living in a dorm and when the pup was eight weeks old the owner realized he was too much to handle. Well, Jerry just about tore the dialer of the phone… and then there was Chato! To this day, Jerry credits Chato for the person he is today. He says he taught him more about animals and being wild, and having to live among humans than any other soul he has ever encountered in his life.  Jerry started breeding in 1986 with low contents and slowly graduated to upper-mid content wolfdogs. He now produces some of the most sought after high content wolfdogs being bred today. He is known for selectively breeding for the betterment of the animal. He raises his animals with patience and understanding and they are each encouraged to be what they are and have their own mind about things. They are, however, required to be well mannered, not to jump up, scratch or nip, walk on a leash, and be handled at will. Jerry’s goal in breeding is to provide other people the kind of friend that will complete their lives, not to mention fulfilling their hearts. His goal has always been, and always will be, to breed an animal with a healthy and stable mind and body, with the complete anatomy- and he strongly believes that one cannot exist with out the other. Healthy bodies, healthy minds, and a free spirit… That’s what comes from Lone Wolf Kennels.


LYNNE SAVAGE: Lynn was raised in Central Texas in Belton. She has two college degrees on a BA and one BS and spent most of her life training horses and teaching Hunt Seat to her students. She has raised many animals including a javalina pig and a cougar. She and husband adopted two wolfdogs during the early 80s and did not start breeding until after her husband’s death in 93.  She started out breeding mids and lows even though some were sold to her as hgih contoents. She  learned a lesion about mispresenetation the hard way. She owns 15+ acres in deep East Texas and rescued a number of wolfdogs over the years and have put myself financially at risk by getting so many animals spayed or neutered and by getting them healthy so that they could go on to new owners. In the last 15 years she has mostly rescued any animals she has  bred to keep them out of rescues. She has been fortunate enough to have owned high contents and a few pures and is  planning to wind down my breeding business in a year or two. At 69 and having some health issues she is  aware I cannot do the things I used to do. Like tracking escaped animals through the forests of East Texas and dealing with very excited wolfdogs who are so glad to see me they knock me down and I have to crawl to the fence to get upright again. All night bottle feeding is another thing that has gotten wearing. She has a  proven lineage on the animals she has bred over the last 10 to 15 years. She has  maintained a good relationship with local law enforcement and animal control by being responsible for all of her animals. Lots of good times during my journey with wolfdogs and some sad times.


VICKI SPENCER: Maybe you have dreamed about owning a Wolf, but only in your wildest dreams did you think you really could. A Wolfdog may be what you are looking for.  These animals are so unique and magnificent after you experience the mystical bond with one of these striking creatures, your life will never be the same.  Properly bred and raised, they can be a loyal and wonderful life long pet (provided you deal with a knowledgeable and reputable breeder, who can and will provide you with the information you need to know before obtaining one of these misunderstood canines). At Southern Breeze Wolf Ranch we have been producing fine companion animals since 1982.  We do a very limited amount of breeding.  Much thought goes into what type of offspring a particular sire and dam will produce.  We take pride in every animal we produce and offer a viable alternative to many breeds of dogs often ruined by today’s all to common practice of continued inbreeding.  Our Wolfdogs have a hybrid vigor that have been almost lost in today’s world of “Pump ’em out” puppy mills.  Health and temperament are the number one concerns when we breed any animal.  We also work very hard to match just the right puppy with your family.  We currently have 16 animals and they are all pets (NOT CAGED BREEDING MACHINES). We start taking applications on pups prior to breeding. That way we are assured that people wanting a pup are not just making an impulse decision.  It also gives plenty of time to prepare for the arrival of your new family addition.  Due to this practice, most of our pups are spoken for before birth.

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