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What is a wolfdog? The question is as controversial as their very name. We asked our audience, both national and international this question and here is what they said:
“Definition of Wolfdog would be… any dog that has wolf content lol.”
“Peferably the owner or breeder should be able to verify it.”
“Clear wolf traits and behaviours, not doggy crossover traits or domesticated behaviours,what society deems unwanted”
“Technically if it has Wolf in the mix its Technically a WolfDog. In all actuality and in the REAL WORLD a Wolfdog should look and behave like a Wolfdog . It should have unmistakable Wolf traits and behavior . You shouldnt have to guess , wonder , scratch your head or argue if its a Wolfdog or not . Sweet they may be , worthy of the love and care as any other , these off standard , ill bred , so low you cannot tell and need a DNA test to show it , Wolfdogs should not be bred in my opinion . They are just a cash sale with the “W” word attached to get paid.”
* LUPINE-TYPE DOG BREEDS ONLY *
“I heard this somewhere, new to me, but maybe not new, but simply a non-wild wolf, as a definition of a wolf dog. That sounds preferable to me than a domesticated wolf, because that almost doesn’t seem possible generally to domestic the animal or take away the wildness traits, behavior, etc.”
“There are Tame Wolves and Wild Wolves . There are no domestic Wolves . A Wolfdog is a mix of Wolf and Dog regardless of how much of either in the mix There’s no such thing as a “domestic wolf”, unless we are using that as a fancy way to say “dog.” By definition, there is a genetic difference between domestic and wild populations; that of which wolves living in captivity do not have compared to their wild counterparts. Captive wolves can be considered “tame” but even so, that depends on how many generations they are removed from the wild and the amount of human influence (including selective breeding) has taken place. We can take a pure wolf from the wild, put them in a 100,000 acre inclosure, provide them prey to hunt, and set up trail cams and offer no human interaction. Despite the fact that we have captured these animals, studies have shown that they will be no more tame than those you would find in wild populations.”
“Today’s privately owned wolfdogs on the other hand are not only a mix between c. lupus and c.l. familiaris, but they have also been subjected to a multi-generational process of selective breeding spanning over decades and decades. Unless of course someone can provide verifiable evidence that there are wolfdog lineages in the United States (under private ownership) where this is inapplicable, I would say this as well falls under the definition of “wolfdog.”
“All I can add in regards to wild caught vs captive bred. The difference in many cases (intensity). Oh also wolf look appears to remain better in a line that is wild caught, however downside in many cases is you get far more intense behavior. Other factors as mentioned also play a role, as she mentioned. The Fox experiment is a great read to somewhat compare. That’s a good point about the Russian fox experiment. What’s the actual name of that study? I know the wolfdog community calls it “the Russian fox experiment” but I think it’s safe to say that’s not what the Russian scientist named it! LOL!! For anyone who wants to look it up though, I know it was conducted by Dmitry Belyaev. It’s a great example of true domestication under human influence.”
“Quality ..confirmation and mature breeding stock to truly see what I would be breeding as far as their personalities go . If and that’s a huge if at this point my friend ..if I ever breed it would not be a guessing game over do any of my babies pups have content in them . That you can take to the bank . I like the old school blood lines ..today’s …yaw good luck finding any anymore. Some peeps have an eye for proper confirmation and make up ..some only have a dream or concept of it and only see that . As far as breeding goes …it’s about like winning the power ball today versus finding 4 to 5 good homes out their trust me .”
“That’s the issue I see … the old school watering down the last of the very foundation stock . My other concern ..forgot the naming of the lines …the watering down due to lack of homes ..did some breed to to fit stupid homes over the years ? Or new laws ? Probably both I think . Unless some things change guys we are currently seeing the end to something .”
“This is a difficult question because I really do not want to see anything other than what they are. And, I really want people to accept them for exactly what they are. They teach me. I try so hard to listen to what they are trying to tell me. Sometimes, I do not get it. A lot of the times, I do. They are not just animals to me. They are my friends and in a very real way, my family. I am always trying to improve, for them. They keep me grounded. I went through a horrible thing the last few months. But, I had these pups to care for, to hug, to hang out with. I’d have been lost without them. That is just a fraction of what they mean to me.”
Technically a wolfdog is a cross between a wolf and a dog. With USAWA, we had a registry, a breed standard, and a breed name-American Wolfdog. So, by that, the standard defined what an American Wolfdog was and described the ideal. EVERY domestic species is derived from wild animals. It is selective breeding under the influence of man that changes the classification from a wild animal to a domestic animal. Furthermore, selective breeding to a standard makes that animal a “breed”. With some breeds, 3 generations of animals that breed “true to type” as defined by the standard, will allow that animal to be registered as that breed. Other breeds require 5 generations. Some breeds have “closed” registries which after foundation stock is established, does not allow “new genetics” to be admitted to the breed.