A guy I know travels and does conservation talks about them. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 26, 2011: From all I have read of wolfdogs is that they are controversial. In Great Britain, the first known wolf hybrid appeared around 1766 when a male wolf mated with a Pomeranian, who ended up having a litter of nine pups. I learn much from you and you open my eyes about this animal. Should I get a wolf hybrid and where are they legal to own? - andycool. Are they the same species of the greyhounds? Some folks think they are quite dangerous, while others think they are very good dogs.Thanks for your comment. Thanks for commenting. Great hub... as always! Wolfdogs, according to Wikipedia, are affected by fewer inherited diseases than most breeds. I push all the buttons for this one as well. It was very sad. I miss him dearly, and hope to never own another wolf/dog mix. This wolf/dog mix was a very smart animal. I’ve only seen a wolfdog once, which I met while I was walking my dog. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2011: I don't know if I have ever seen a wolfdog in person. Thanks, News Article: "State, county officials look to regulate wolf-dog hybrids". A license is also required to exhibit, breed, rehabilitate, hunt, and/or purchase wild animals. The hybrids tend to result in dogs that are bigger than wolves. The kittens and cats are perfectly fine and safe she doesn't nip or anything at them even when they hiss at her. Someone with understanding and the time to devote to such an animal, however, would surely have a wonderful experience. I suspect that house insurance might go up as well. Did the Czechs find that their mixture really had the characteristics they were looking for? Tammy from North Carolina on February 10, 2012: I LOVE these creatures. In my lifetime I have run across various theories about the ancestries of dogs.The most common belief is that all dogs came from wolves. Mrs Cookie from United Kingdom on March 26, 2011: I remember a friend of my father having a wolf hydrid when I was younger and I really liked the idea of having a pup from her but was advised against it. When wolves attack dogs in hunting or training situations on public land, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will create wolf caution areas (see below) to warn hunters that a specific pack has attacked a dog or group of dogs. Then when I moved to Wisconsin I found there are some wolf-dog hybrids around. It wasn't until the 3rd kid that we started to realize maybe he really looks like one! He's also working on setting up a rescue center in our state for them. The website recommends a Malamute or Husky for people who want something that resembles a wolf. Wisconsin Law Welcome to the Wisconsin Law section of FindLaw's State Law collection. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on May 11, 2012: Wonderful, informative Hub! 2017 - 2018 Wolf Count Brief. Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 09, 2012: Interesting article. Thanks for your comment. Disease / Parasite Occurrence in Wolves & Body Condition General body condition was reported for 36 wolves that were captured (Table 4). prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 19, 2011: Thanks my friend for brought the wolfdog history to us. Maybe it was the silver from the elkhound coloring that he gets in the winter along with the 8 pounds of fur! dappledesigns from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest on January 19, 2012: this is really great info! Now is your chance to help Wisconsin make real historic change to save the Republic! I respect the desire and freedom of owners who are willing to invest the time and energy to properly train and raise a hybrid. I want to help them not get them completely banned from every place. It's very interesting. Wisconsin gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. Didn't all dogs genetically come down from the wolf originally? And yes, people have actually stopped their cars and asked me if she was a wolf! The same seems to be true to some extent with wolf-like breeds such as Huskies, although maybe not to the same degree. For example, in North Carolina hybrids are illegal in Durham County, but not necessarily in other counties. NateSean from Salem, MA on April 06, 2011: As a wolf lover, I've always been drawn to the idea of one day owning a hybrid. I hope to help him out one day. By Untitled (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials have proposed new regulations governing when wolf hunters can train their dogs as they grapple with a lawsuit alleging their current wolf hunt policies will create bloody wolf-on-dog brawls. She was actually a rather gentle dog. Wolfdogs may be beautiful, but not everyone wants them in their neighborhood. People tended to mistake them for wolves. Great hub! The dog was beautiful looking but huge...the size of a small pony. Thanks for the informative hub. This section contains user-friendly summaries of Wisconsin laws as well as citations or links to relevant sections of Wisconsin's official online statutes.Please select a topic from the list below to get started. I am glad you enjoyed it. Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on March 26, 2011: My husband had a very beloved wolfdog named Kimo when he was a teenager. ), and are many times shy of strangers. However, about 40 states in the United States ban the owning and breeding of wolf hybrids. Again information is the key in this issue and you have done a superb job of putting a lot of good information here to help with that task! It also has standards like other breeds. I was surprised how good natured they were. However, about 40 states in the United States ban the owning and breeding of wolf hybrids. Not a bad thing in a wild animal but not something most European ranchers would want to deal with. The main thing to keep in mind is that you should make an informed decision if you are considering raising a wolfdog. P Scott Loomans Wildlife Regulations Policy Specialist Bureau of Wildlife Management Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (*) phone: (608) 267-2452 (*) fax: (608) 267-7857 I partly got curious because of people who have mistaken my dogs for wolves or wolfdogs. What I think is important is that people are informed about what they are so that when we as a public decide if we want to allow them or not we are making informed decisions and not decisions based solely on fear. By Krzyżówki (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. DNR is considering regulation, and it is a possibility in the future. I owned a chow/wolf mix. I was the mean wife who would not get a wolfdog for our family (with young kids)because I had a friend whose ear was torn off by a wolfdog when he was about 4 years old. According to Wikipedia, the aim was to create a wolf-dog hybrid with the temperament, pack mentality, and trainability of the German Shepherd, and the strength, physical build, and stamina or the Eurasian wolf. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on December 10, 2011: Thanks for visiting.Dogs I think have individual personalities. Will you please write a hub on greyhounds? Standards of care: Indoor primary enclosures Must be at least 12 inches taller than the standing height of the tallest dog in it For multiple dogs that get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, required floor space is determined by size of the largest dog, measured from the tip of the nose to the I have a Husky/Lab mix, and a Timber wolf/Husky mix. They are interesting although I am skeptical about owning one. In 2002, the breed was recognized in the UK. It also has standards like other breeds. My non-wolfdogs tend to be mistaken for wolves quite often. she is like a Northern inuit, so originally part malumute + husky + alsation, very hard to keep under control without a lot of effort, a killer of rabbits cats rats you name it. Was an interesting read about a cool looking dog! He still speaks so fondly of that dog, as do all his friends and family that knew Kimo. I've got a Pyrenees/malamute and wolf hybrid. Thirty-two (89%) were reported to be in good or excellent body condition, 3 (8%) were reported to be in fair Back when I worked as a dog groomer, I worked on a few wolf hounds. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on January 19, 2012: We recently got a Siberian Husky that people ask the same question. And my Timber Wolf Husky mix is lazy and laid back. I have met owners in town who have wolfdogs. That was the first time I knew what breed it truly was. By Margo-CzW (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Wisconsin saw its wolf population reach its highest point between 2016 and 2017 with 925 wolves roaming the state. Ask whether your vet can and is willing to treat a wolfdog. WYOMING Chapter 10, Section 5 (a) states: "Wolves (Canis lupus), wolf hybrids, and/or wolf/dog hybrids may not be imported or sold in the state of Wyoming." My mix dog tries to heard the cats though. Our dog works well in our family --- really the ideal dog for us!!! - andycool, Awesome, I didn't know so much about the wolfdogs! (Note: This is a minimum count and many believe the number is much higher.) So sad. 10 See, e.g., cases cited in Nelson v. He's about a year and very shy he. In 1982, the dog was officially recognized as a national breed in Czechoslovakia. By Margo Peron http://www.zperonowki.com/ [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. I wouldn't give her up for the world. All sections must be completed. She's very sweet and gentle but also shy of strangers, That doesn't stop her from letting me know if someone that isn't suppose to be on our land is there though. The DATCP representatives estimate the Wisconsin sheep population at 85,000, and note that licensed dogs represent only one-third or less of the total statewide dog population. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 25, 2011: That is the first I have heard of a wolfdog used for that purpose. The website Wolf Country does not recommend the average person own wolfdogs. - Lupii sau hibrizii câinilor-lup sunt foarte controversați, iar legile și reglementările referitoare la acestea diferă de la un loc la altul. Much to speculate on. Most interesting. Rated up and useful. I have a Siberian Husky and previously some mixes of Siberian Husky and German Shepherd. Not sure why!!!! She is shy--although that might be due to treatment she had before we got her. Section 29.088 (1) and (2) prohibits the use of bait containing poison in forests, fields, or other places where it might destroy wild animals or birds. Bred to look like a wolf, was actually used by a wolfdog breeder for pups, who then allowed her to be attacked by them, she is a lovely dog now though. This could actually be useful to a lot of people who are considering breeding this type of dog. We have had multiple children call him a wolf as well. Our current dog has some of the characteristics you describe. Excellent hub. Laws and Regulations ... Wisconsin's law regulating dog breeding, sales, and adoption-for-fee requires inspection and licensing of many dog breeders, dealers, and sellers, as well as shelters and rescues that foster and adopt out dogs. He, and other hybrid dogs I've seen, is very very aggressive toward other dogs and will attack them on sight. There are good even great ones and there are incredibly dangerous ones. Then there are other wild dogs such as the Dingo. Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on March 24, 2011: Thanks for excellent info. Thanks for the comment and voting. Animals in the artwork of the Teotihuacan civilization in Mexico’s Central Valley may have also been wolfdogs. Wisconsin Animal Welfare Laws Prohibitions: Civil Penalties. Howevera, they are interesting. I was also just told that they have an incredibly high IQ of 40-60 ... do you know if this is true? Hybrid Law Hybrid Law tracks laws concerning ownership of hybrid cats and dogs in the United States, and where possible other countries. I'm sure, just as with bully types, there are no bad wolf dogs, only bad people. (2) Any officer or pound which has custody of an unclaimed dog may release the dog to the university of Wisconsin system, the medical college of Wisconsin, inc., or to any other educational institution of higher learning chartered under the laws of the state and accredited to the university of Wisconsin system, upon requisition by the institution. Thanks for reading and commenting. This breaks my heart. I don't believe they are used for ranch work but for such things as search and rescue. around here that is likely to be one of the sled dog breeds.our Siberian Husky is often taken for a wolf or wolfdog.In an old film version of Jack London's "Call of the wild" I thought it funny that they used what looked to me like Huskies to play the part of wolves. One day, I was walking my dog, and a woman driving by stopped me to inquire if it was part wolf. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on May 28, 2011: That is quite probable. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on August 01, 2011: I own a Siberian Husky and previously owned a Siberian Husky German shepherd mix. According to an article in the Lacrosse Tribune, the wolf hybrids, being neither wolf nor dog, don’t fit the legal categories, making it difficult for animal control authorities to know how to deal with them. Thanks for commenting. Mean, and having to be contained with limited interaction with strangers. Another case was someone I used to run across when walking my pup. I have no opinion on people owning them, I don't think I would. So durning those times I was extra cautious with him as far as strangers went. Since my most recent dogs have been Husky mixes people think they are wolves or part wolf anyhow.It is a controversy even among professional dog people about the feasibility of mixing dogs and wolves.Thanks for the comment. Later they were used in search and rescue, schutzhund, tracking, herding, agility, obedience, and drafting. They are typically a cross between a pure wolf and a dog or a wolf hybrid. We kept one. I lost track of one of the puppies of the three, and the other I kept contact with is what I would consider a "bad dog". Breed safety laws :: Over 900 U.S. cities have enacted breed-specific legislation and wolf-dog hybrid laws. 9 Chapter 67, Laws of 1871, quoted in Slinger v. Henneman, 38 Wis. 504, 508 (1875). He ate me out of house and home and was as loving as any pet I have ever had. There are some breeds such as Siberian Husky, that are gentically close to wolves according to fairly recent DNA evidence. Constitutional protection. TheEpicJourney from Fairfield, Ohio on August 24, 2011: Really good information here Dahoglund. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 29, 2011: Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on March 28, 2011: I'm positive that wolf and dog hybrids are dangerous - every single time that an irresponsible human "owns" such a beautiful animal. The neighbor wanted to know what to do about the dog, and later told me that he decided to get a wolfdog rescue to take it. Thank you for the comment. A primary enclosure is the place where the dog spends most of its time. It helps to own lots land as well. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 19, 2011: The world of canines is a large one with a long history. Size would depend somewhat on what breed of dog they were bred with. She isn't aggressive, she actually becomes very submissive. He was beautiful and loyal. It turned out her dog was a wolf hybrid. Both are the sweetest dogs ever, and wouldn't trade them for the world. I never really met any wolfdogs till I got to Wisconsin. Legislation from northern Wisconsin Republicans would prohibit law enforcement from enforcing any federal or state law that "relates to the management of the wolf population in this state or that prohibits the killing of wolf in this state." If you have other dogs, make sure if you get a hybrid that it is the youngest of your dogs and very clearly at the bottom of the social ladder otherwise you will have a royal fight on your hands that will not end well. Others do not. These dogs seem to be very cautions, nervous, and high strung when it come to visiting strangers. Some counties in Wisconsin ban wolf hybrids (e.g., LaCrosse county). thanks for reading. In southern Wisconsin call 1-800-433-0663 (in state) or 920-324-4514. He is a beautiful dog but I would not recommend a wolf-dog to most people in America. We also have a German Shepard husky mix. We recently adopted our dog, a German Shepherd / Norwegian Elkhound mix from a rescue shelter. Generally, it is a hybrid of a wolf with a domestic canine, usually with specific breeds such as German Shepherds, Malamutes, or Siberian Huskies. The count is up 6.8% over last year's minimum count. It is much like people who say they can trace their family back to the Mayflower.Thanks for commenting. Wisconsin DNR proposes wolf-dog hunting rules. Wisconsin only honors West Virginia permits issued after 6/8/2012. ;D. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on April 06, 2011: Thank you for your observations. They aren't generally bred for pets so much as for things like guard duty and military. But the aggressiveness varies from animal to animal. The only thing I've noticed is she is timid around people she does not know. Thanks for commenting. I have lots of experience with big dogs and have owned Huskies,German Shepards, Malamutes, and dogs of these breeds combined with very slight amounts of wolf dna. I would encourage only very dedicated and physically fit dog owners to take on such an animal. I'm glad you found it interesting. At a Glance: Wisconsin law does not generally restrict the possession and carry of knives either openly or concealed. However, they will tend to resemble the breed that they are mixed with. It seems that the least sensitive among us have a penchant for taking on the most challenging types of dogs! Monroe County officials have worked for more than a year to regulate ownership of these creatures. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 20, 2011: I'm glad you found it interesting. When I was working in a store, a customer had an assist dog that I learned was a wolfdog. also it might depend on what breed of dog they are crossed with. The greyhound is a breed largely bred for dog racing. I can't move back to my home state because I can not have her there. In my own state of Wisconsin, the regulations even vary from one county to another. There are also no state laws to regulate them. Although there is some accidental breeding between wolves and domestic dogs, they are not usually inclined to mix. Like you I have only met a couple of them and that was when I was walking my own dog. Well done and I give my vote to you. Legislation is listed by state and may include county and city. Many hybrids end up being put down because it is very difficult to place them with new owners. Those who are pro-wolfdog tend to claim the animals are as docile as domestic breeds, whereas most anti-wolfdog folks say they are vicious and untrainable. I am researching laws on coyotes and came across this hub. I have a wolf hybrid (40ish percent) and she acts just like a dog. I think i have the same feelings you do in that I don't really have an opinion for or against them. By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press. Anyway, thanks for sharing! I stayed home and cried for two days. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on August 25, 2011: Thanks for the good comment. However, she will kill possoms, rats, or small wild animals in the back yard. Noiselss, barkless, curious, but definitely not an "in your face" dog!! Occasionally, English noblemen purchased wolfdogs as scientific curiosities. In Europe, there is fossil evidence that suggests they were used for hunting mammoths. My parents always had german shephards and loved that breed. The Wisconsin DNR does not currently regulate non-native cats or hybrid wolves. Perimeter Fence Requirement. carolyn (dingyskipper) on March 26, 2011: My son rehomed a British inuit dog. The owner has to show superiority, but it can lead to a constant battle. My Husky Lab mix is always hyper, but sweet as can be. These hybrids were bred from German Shepherds and wolves from the Urals. We have a cabin in the woods, and a neighbor there had wolfdogs --they would come by and investigate when we were around, but they were always in the shadows! requesters to the extent required by Wisconsin's Open Records laws (ss. 19.31-19.39, Wis. According to Wikipedia, there are at least seven breeds of wolfdog hybridization. swb64 from Addingham, UK. This dog was usually quite mellow but thought it was protecting the family's child. I mean if people keep tigers, bears, and other sorts of animals as pets or even perform with them on stages in huge audiences I hardly think wolf/dog hybrids are something to be scared of. The breed was developed for use by the border patrol in Czechoslovakia. WindyWinters from Vancouver Island, BC on March 25, 2011: I really enjoyed reading you hub about wolfdogs. Another wolfdog owner told me that her wolfdog would bite seatbelts in her car --- after seeing what our wolfdog can do to leashes, I totally believe her!!! I loved this animal! I'm going to start school to be able to actually study wolves and other animals. Caution areas, dogs and wolf behavior. Wisconsin (1981 – 2003), but there was evidence for partial compensation from 2004 – 2013. Aside from local laws, the owner must have enough space and dedication and know the necessary diet and availability of medical care. Wolf Country also alludes to the “position of alpha.” While a dog can be mastered (even a stubborn one), a wolfdog will always try to test the master for dominance. In both cases, the people have often told us they look to be part wolf. He actually has two wolf-dogs and they are very well taken care of. Except for having a neighbor with a wolfdog, I have no real life experience with them. Chock full of information and made for a very interesting read. Violations can result in fines, forfeiture, and/or imprisonment. I am considering getting a wolf hybrid as a companion. Wolfdogs definitely are not for everyone. 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