WHATE - Section 1

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Genetics/Physical Traits || Behavioral Traits || Day To Day Considerations
A Word About Percentages

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Some Differences - Wolves vs. Dogs

Genetics/Physical Traits

Behavioral Traits

Day To Day Considerations

A Word About Percentages

It has been estimated that over 90% of wolf hybrids sold in this country are credited with being of higher wolf content than they actually are. One danger in this is that the buyer purchasing a low content animal thinking it's higher may have the animal for years with no problems, training it like a dog, having it live in the house, be housebroken, non-destructive, etc. This person then spreads the story of how wonderful these high-content animals are and how easily cared for not much more trouble than a dog! Someone else hearing this (or even this same person getting a second animal down the line) then gets what actually IS a high content animal - and is in for a big surprise. Also, keep in mind that in addition to percentage, the number of generations the animal is away from a pure wolf will affect behavior as well. A hybrid which is 8 generations down the line from a pure wolf will be less "wolfy" than one who is 3 generations away.

Most high content hybrids (and certainly pure wolves) do NOT make good house pets; most people who have high content animals keep them in the house as pups, only to banish them to the yard after the destruction and behaviors become too much to deal with. This is not to say that no one has ever been successful at keeping a high content in the house (however, many who think they have done so may unknowingly have lower content animals) - but it would take extreme effort and dedication, as opposed to the amount of work required to acclimate a lower content or pure dog.

Note: Wolves have traditionally been crossed with malamutes or huskies, and are also sometimes crossed with german shepherds. Due to the recent surge of popularity of the hybrid and the potential for a quick buck, some unethical breeders have begun to cross wolves with more aggressive breeds, such as chows or pit bulls. These particular crosses are an accident waiting to happen, and threaten the future existence of hybrids everywhere. Do not support this very dangerous trend.

Continue on to Part 2 featuring the article "So You've Decided to Get a Pup", including:
* First Things First || Newspaper Ads || Hybrid Wolf Breeders *
followed by a listing of resources for further information, such as
* Publications || Books || Help by Mail/Phone/E-mail || Online Resources || T-Shirt Offer *

Thinking about breeding your wolf-dog ? A candid message from Nicole Wilde, author of the book, "Living with Wolfdogs; An Everyday Guide to a Lifetime Companionship", to potential breeders.

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