Wolf Tales:"Creative" Heritage Claims

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A Joke on a make-believe subspeciesThis is a rare Louisiana Swamp wolf. See how big this sucker is ? He's 230 lbs, was caught straight from out of the wild, and sired 10 litters of pups in his 3 years of life. Now wouldn't you be right proud to have one of his offspring for only $800 ? Free delivery. Call now !

Sounds like a joke, but unfortunately it is not. There is no such thing as a "Louisiana Wolf" or a "Swamp Wolf", and yet those are both names that breeders have used to attempt to legitimize un-known heritages.

All too often scummy breeders get a little bit too creative in their claims of recent wolf ancestry. Some don't just misrepresent dogs as wolves or low content wolfdogs as high contents, some go so far as to create their own wolf subspecies. Why ? Most often the reason is because they feel the need to "prove" that the animals they have chosen to breed are of legitimate wolf heritage, yet cannot be traced to known lineages because the animals are supposedly "from the wild". Well, wild they are in that they are amuseing figments of the imagination.

How not to get fooled by fancy names and a hairy story, is to do your homework on that breeder, the animals themselves, and heritage claims via the better-known wolfdog breeder registries. Or, at the very least get to know which real wolf subspecies are extinct, and which are ficticious.

Below we introduce you to just a few of the more commonly used false-heritage claims. Don't let the joke be on you!

A Joke on the Extinct Subspecies the Buffalo Wolf

Some disreputable breeders claim to have Buffalo Wolf crosses.

The claim is quite interesting as this subspecies really did exist (not as pictured), however it has been extinct in the wild probably since the mid 1800's. Descendents of a very small captive population are still around, but they are so severely inbred that they no longer resemble the original stock.

According to Mech in his book, The Wolf; The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species (1970, 1994) p.351, Canis lupus nubilus was known as the Great Plains Wolf or the Buffalo Wolf. Its range once extended from southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, throughout the Great Plains, southward to northern Texas. It was medium-sized and the coloration varied from light to black phase individuals.

This photo is a montage of images put together as a joke by the multi-talented Mr. Sydnor of the Wolf Dog Coalition. The white-headed 'Buffalo Wolf' is actually Christine Burkett's high content Arctic- wolfdog, Akiah.

A Joke on a make-believe subspecies

If a breeder claims to have a Russian Black Wolf, you should know that this subspecies does not exist, never has, it is a figment of the imagination.

However, there are subspecies of wolves which once roamed across Europe and the forested zone of Russia.

According to Mech, in his book, The Wolf; The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species (1970, 1994), p. 353, the subspecies Canis lupus lupus, also known as the Common Wolf, is "a medium-sized animal with relatively short, coarse, dark fur."

With a good imagination, I suppose you could come up with a whole assortment of new names for these animals. Russian Black Wolf, Black Russian Wolf... (hey, isn't a 'black russian' a drink made with coffee liquor?)

Coming soon:
"Red Wolf" & "MacKenzie Valley" claims
"Black Arctic"
"Mountain wolf"

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