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This very cute little puppy was represented by the breeder to be 75% wolf.
In reality, she has very little recent wolf heritage at all. She appears to be a long-coated ("wooley") Malamute/Husky mix dog.
You're welcome to see more photos of Shasta, including some of her as an adult.
Red and Aurora are from the same litter, sold to me as 60% Timber Wolf.
Their papers were supposed to be mailed to me, which of course I never received. Phone calls and Emails went unanswered. So I feel I was deliberately lied to about these two guys.
We love them just the same. Although I doubt they have any recent wolf inheritance at all.
I just wish there were more honest, knowledgable breeders out there so
we didn't have to warn people of misrepresentation like this.
Pharlap was represented as 97% Wolf / 3% German Shepherd... not to mention, he's part "black artic" and "buffalo wolf".
I'm fairly certain he has some wolf content, but low to mid at best, and that he's more Malamute / Husky than GSD.
I don't care how misrepresented he was, he's still an absolutely wonderful critter. -Erin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Shonee was bred by a back yard breeder, her littermates were sold as 75%+ wolf at 3 weeks of age. Shonee was the last remaining pup and the breeder was going to cull her when I came on the scene (BTW she was only 4 weeks old and had been taken away from her mother at 2.5 weeks with NO bottle feeding). I was alerted to the situation by a friend at the local shelter where the breeder had called to ask how to best kill a pup. At first this BYB tried to tell me that she was 75%+ and then admitted the father was registered Siberian Husky and I was allowed to meet the Dad (he was a beautiful boy). After much persistence and many days of talking and educating, I was allowed to see the mother and learn about her history. After phoning the previous owner (breeder) of Shonee's mother and going and seeing her other animals along with more researching, I came to the conclusion that Shonee's mother was no more then mid content (possibly around 60-70%). This fit with the mother's looks and actions. This makes Shonee low content - she looks pure Sibe, but does have some *different* characteristics - so I think this fits and I lovingly call her my siber girl.
The breeder didn't have a clue as to basic genetics and figuring contents. Upon further talks with him, he didn't have a clue about prey drive, bottle feeding the pups, correctly weaning the pups, containment issues, rabies issues, shyness or skittishness or anything. Basically he was a young man (late 20's) who thought it was *cool* to own a wolf and decided to bred her with a Sibe to see what kind of pups they'd make. He had figured out that more percentage equaled more money and I was shocked to learn that the other 5 pups in the litter were sold for $750 each. I was successful in educating him, as was the female wolfdog, when she killed one of his cats. He did spay her as well as neutered the Sibe male. To top it all off, this young man had a 18 month old toddler, who was allowed to play with the wolfdog as well as the Sibe and the pups, unsupervised in the backyard. The wife ran a day care out of her home and routinely put all the children in the backyard with the canines. A year ago, (Shonee is 3) I learned that he still had the sibe, but the female wolfdog had to be put down for biting a neighbor's child. Sad.......
I did meet her grandparents and great grandparents. I was not horribly impressed with the grandparents and great-grand parents' owner... all the wolfdogs were chained, one was in a small 6 sided kennel. The animals were rotated into a larger pen in pairs or small groups - I never did see this but it was what I was told and there was a nice sized enclosure on the premises. She had about 5 acres and about 10 animals. Shonee's mother was bred her first heat cycle - she was not quite 2 years old when she came into estrus and was bred. Poor girl never had a chance. I still feel bad that I didn't talk him out of her too, but at the time taking Shonee was pushing it as I was living in the city with only an average sized yard.
Bottom line is 5 people forked out $750 for a low percentage wolfdog... one that was at least half Sibe!! I did so much talking to him that he finally just gave me Shonee, although I did take him several cases of organ meats and dog food. I've often wondered if any of the littermates are still alive... the guy never took a name or number or anything... you gave him cash - he gave you a pup - end of story.
By the way, Shonee does have a serious nasal allergy problem, hip dysplasia and the start of what may possibly be a cataract. I wouldn't trade her for the world and I'm grateful everyday that I got her before she was culled. But I think to help point out the *pitfalls* of BYB's [back yard breeders] her health history is important to share.
Hope it helps someone!! Peg
This sweet, hefty 100lb boy was thought to be a "pure wolf", and for many years he was represented as a wolf to all who met him.
Then after seeing photos and learning a little bit about the Northern breeds, the owner came to realize that his lovely boy is in fact an Alaskan Malamute-mix dog.
He is not a wolf, and not a wolfdog either.
Shaq and her pups were rescued from Animal Control custody. Her original owner insisted that she was 67% arctic. I don't see that much, if any, in her.
The puppies she is nursing were sired by an Akita. If they have any recent wolf heritage at all, it is a very low amount.
Now that they're older, they look like fuzzy Chow-Akita mixes with broad chests (some are even brindle colored). - Peggy
The tall leggy female you see here was never misrepresented. But we include her here in this section as she is often mistaken for being higher in content than she really is.
What she is, is primarily a German Shepherd / Alaskan Malamute mix. She does have recent wolf heritage, and is considered "lowermid" content. Or roughly 40%.
Please keep her in mind as a representative of what "lowermid" content can look like.
Even though this young male has floppy ears, his owner represented him as anywhere from 40 to 80% wolf depending on who was asking... and people believed him.
Eventually the owner came to recognize that while his boy is truthfully a wolfdog, he is very Low content.
He's primarily Malamute, although much taller and leaner.
This animal and littermates were originally represented by the breeder to be "mid to high content". The mother was claimed to be "70 to 75%", and the father a Malamute.
The "wolf hybrid" litter was advertised on the Internet for a very high price, sold all across the U.S. and other countries.
Truthfully, this dog is primarily Siberian Husky - with NO recent wolf heritage whatsoever.
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