But I will not own an animal that is dangerous to children. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on April 24, 2011: Since it is generally believed that the wolf is the common ancestor of dogs, I think there is a certain snob appeal in having a dog closely related to wolves. justmesuzanne from Texas on April 24, 2011: Interesting. One day, I was walking my dog, and a woman driving by stopped me to inquire if it was part wolf. My non-wolfdogs tend to be mistaken for wolves quite often. Thirty-two (89%) were reported to be in good or excellent body condition, 3 (8%) were reported to be in fair One problem with "exotic" pets is that people often get them because they are exotic and often get bored with them and possibly abandon them. I believe another theorie is common ancestor. Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on March 24, 2011: Thanks for excellent info. It wasn't until the 3rd kid that we started to realize maybe he really looks like one! I would think the wolf breeding would cause a lot more unpredictability. Size would depend somewhat on what breed of dog they were bred with. also it might depend on what breed of dog they are crossed with. ), and are many times shy of strangers. Accepting that, then there is always the debate about which dog is closest to the wolf.Candidates are;German Shepherds, Huskie breeds,Collies. I can't move back to my home state because I can not have her there. The Wisconsin DNR has successfully managed gray wolves for decades and will continue to do so in accordance with the laws of our state and the best science available. In 1955, Czechoslovakia started with the breeding of 48 working-line German Shepherds with 5 Eurasian wolves. He actually has two wolf-dogs and they are very well taken care of. Most interesting. I am researching laws on coyotes and came across this hub. However, about 40 states in the United States ban the owning and breeding of wolf hybrids. By Margo Peron http://www.zperonowki.com/ [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. But he also had a vicious side to him, and so I kept him from strangers. If you find a wolf dog puppy you fall in love with and want to take the wolf hybrid back to Wisconsin , call Professional Wolf Hybrid Breeder Edye Marin at 530-990-2308 or email: edyemarin@gmail.com I have a wolf hybrid (40ish percent) and she acts just like a dog. Owners and breeders claim that this is a political attempt to discourage wolfdog ownership. P Scott Loomans Wildlife Regulations Policy Specialist Bureau of Wildlife Management Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (*) phone: (608) 267-2452 (*) fax: (608) 267-7857 on March 18, 2011: Very good, wolfdog sounds kind of scary!!! These hybrids were bred from German Shepherds and wolves from the Urals. Hybrids are not regulated." Are they the same species of the greyhounds? And what great discussions in the comments! 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. This could actually be useful to a lot of people who are considering breeding this type of dog. We recently adopted our dog, a German Shepherd / Norwegian Elkhound mix from a rescue shelter. I am a big fan of Wolf dogs so this hub quickly caught my attention. But, these animals are great for those who have the knowledge and inclination to keep and train them. In both cases, the people have often told us they look to be part wolf. - andycool. ;D. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on April 06, 2011: Thank you for your observations. I loved this animal! They both make very good points. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on February 10, 2012: Hi Tammyswallow, thanks for commenting.The wolf hybrid is interesting although probably not a good pet. 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. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 24, 2011: The wolfdogs are a cross between a wolf and some other breed, usually one of the sled pulling dogs. I think a wolf/dog hybrid can be just like any exotic pet. That was the first time I knew what breed it truly was. However, she will kill possoms, rats, or small wild animals in the back yard. I’ve only seen a wolfdog once, which I met while I was walking my dog. Apparently, kimo was very smart, loyal, calm and beautiful. Except for having a neighbor with a wolfdog, I have no real life experience with them. If their claims were true, it seems we would have a real problem with wolves venturing out of their far-away and dramatically reduced natural habitats for the purpose of seeking out German Shepherds and Huskies to mate with! Howevera, they are interesting. Always been a wolf lover and a dog lover, never did much research on either. Will you please write a hub on greyhounds? Thanks for commenting. The only other difference is she is very curious at things all the time that my German Shepherd could care less about. In 2002, the breed was recognized in the UK. Monroe County officials have worked for more than a year to regulate ownership of these creatures. So sad. Thanks, News Article: "State, county officials look to regulate wolf-dog hybrids". A guy I know travels and does conservation talks about them. To be legally enforceable the signs must be 5"x 7" and clearly state the type of gun and carry that is prohibited. There appears to have been no intentional breeding until the 1920s when the Saarlooswolfhond was created by a Dutch breeder. Our female chow "tied up" with a lone wolf that roamed in and around our home, and produced 3 puppies. Excellent hub. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. It helps to own lots land as well. 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. Legislation is listed by state and may include county and city. Then when I moved to Wisconsin I found there are some wolf-dog hybrids around. I think it takes a particular kind of person to have a wolfdog. In Europe, there is fossil evidence that suggests they were used for hunting mammoths. Caution areas, dogs and wolf behavior. He's about a year and very shy he. Should I get a wolf hybrid and where are they legal to own? DNR is considering regulation, and it is a possibility in the future. I'm glad that you've placed such pertinent information here. I wouldn't give her up for the world. It also has standards like other breeds. He does not ever bark and rarely shows any emotion except he will bury his head in my chest and wag very slightly when he is in a cuddly mood. Someone with understanding and the time to devote to such an animal, however, would surely have a wonderful experience. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on January 31, 2012: Thanks for commenting.I do not know much of anything about animal IQ. I was also just told that they have an incredibly high IQ of 40-60 ... do you know if this is true? 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. According to Wolf Country, they have special needs—physical and mental. Didn't all dogs genetically come down from the wolf originally? 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. 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. Back when I worked as a dog groomer, I worked on a few wolf hounds. 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! By Margo-CzW (en wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Four are deliberate crosses with German Shepherds. dappledesigns from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest on January 19, 2012: this is really great info! 9 Chapter 67, Laws of 1871, quoted in Slinger v. Henneman, 38 Wis. 504, 508 (1875). He eventually got away from home durning one of his seasonal episodes, and in fact bit a little girl. They were used as experimental attack dogs in South Africa during apartheid. My parents always had german shephards and loved that breed. rodlyalcide from Miami, FL on February 04, 2012: Great hub.. 10 See, e.g., cases cited in Nelson v. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on February 18, 2012: AK'Finest, thanks for your comments.What you say makes a lot of sense and I agree with you.Thanks for adding this information. to obtaining or housing a Wolfdog. Not sure why!!!! 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." 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. The mix gives him such a different coat from winter to summer that he looks like a completely different dog. She has to inspect it. Wisconsin saw its wolf population reach its highest point between 2016 and 2017 with 925 wolves roaming the state. The dog was beautiful looking but huge...the size of a small pony. No person may take a wild animal with explosives or poison gas. ---. He, and other hybrid dogs I've seen, is very very aggressive toward other dogs and will attack them on sight. The main thing to keep in mind is that you should make an informed decision if you are considering raising a wolfdog. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on July 09, 2012: Thanks for commenting DrMark. I am glad you enjoyed it. 19.31-19.39, Wis. There are also no state laws to regulate them. Do they look that different from German Shepherds? Animal Cruelty Laws for Wisconsin and other States (produced for George Washington University Animal Welfare Project) Animal Legal & Historical Web Center (Michigan State University -- Detroit College of Law) Web library of legal & policy materials related to the welfare & preservation of animals. 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. - andycool, Awesome, I didn't know so much about the wolfdogs! In some places, such as Czechoslovakia, the wolfdog is recognized as a breed and registered as one by the kennel club. For example, in North Carolina hybrids are illegal in Durham County, but not necessarily in other counties. Take care! Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 20, 2011: I'm glad you found it interesting. Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on March 26, 2011: My husband had a very beloved wolfdog named Kimo when he was a teenager. I also noticed at certain times of the year, he seemed to go a little "cracker dog" and not be his normal self. (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. Although there is some accidental breeding between wolves and domestic dogs, they are not usually inclined to mix. One day, I was walking by his house and one of his neighbors told me that the man had died. This may have been the inspiration I needed. Wisconsin (1981 – 2003), but there was evidence for partial compensation from 2004 – 2013. Melissa A Smith from New York on May 28, 2011: More time then not people are mistaken when they think they own real 'wolfdogs'. The wolfdog seemed very calm besides his owner, and wasn’t upset or excited about being near my dog. Since they are not dogs, they don’t fall under regulations for dogs and they don’t fit into the regulations for wolves. By Margo-CzW (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Animals in the artwork of the Teotihuacan civilization in Mexico’s Central Valley may have also been wolfdogs. Our dog works well in our family --- really the ideal dog for us!!! 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! It is good that yours works out well for you. swb64 from Addingham, UK. 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. We also have a German Shepard husky mix. Many hybrids end up being put down because it is very difficult to place them with new owners. Thanks! This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. Thanks for your history about this interesting animal breed. 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. I stayed home and cried for two days. She is shy--although that might be due to treatment she had before we got her. Thank you so much for sharing and take care. I'm sure, just as with bully types, there are no bad wolf dogs, only bad people. I have a young wolf-dog. Wisconsin DNR proposes wolf-dog hunting rules. Chock full of information and made for a very interesting read. Thanks for the informative hub. In 1982, the dog was officially recognized as a national breed in Czechoslovakia. 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 told the dog groomer that and he said that people don't realize how big wolves are. A license is also required to exhibit, breed, rehabilitate, hunt, and/or purchase wild animals. Preemption. I want to help them not get them completely banned from every place. It is probably even more so for a wolfdog which is part wild genetically. We have had multiple children call him a wolf as well. The breed was developed for use by the border patrol in Czechoslovakia. But the aggressiveness varies from animal to animal. It wasn't until we recently moved to Wisconsin that we had 3 people all in the same week ask us if he was part wolf. By Untitled (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. But in 2014, a federal judge placed wolves back on the endangered list, and the DNR says the state's wolf population has been growing ever since, up to nearly 1,000 wolves roaming the woods. requesters to the extent required by Wisconsin's Open Records laws (ss. There are some breeds such as Siberian Husky, that are gentically close to wolves according to fairly recent DNA evidence. Thank you for reading my article and commenting. State officials say the state's latest wolf count is further evidence that Wisconsin's wolf population might be stabilizing.. Volunteer trackers reported between 914 and 978 wolves from April 2018 to April 2019, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.. Scott Walter, DNR large carnivore specialist, said that’s about a 1 percent increase from the last monitoring period. I also respect the need and safety of the public to ensure such unpredictable animals remain in safe hands and not accidently in the hands of the general uninformed public. I push all the buttons for this one as well. Hybrid Law Hybrid Law tracks laws concerning ownership of hybrid cats and dogs in the United States, and where possible other countries. Don has never had a wolfdog, but he has had a German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix and a Siberian Husky and loves wolf-like dogs. Wolfdogs, according to Wikipedia, are affected by fewer inherited diseases than most breeds. Mine gets walked twice a day and lives outside and I think both of those things are crucial in keeping such a dog sane. Wisconsin Law Welcome to the Wisconsin Law section of FindLaw's State Law collection. Wisconsin held three wolf hunting seasons before a federal judge placed the wolves back on the endangered species list in 2014. Wisconsin has state preemption laws which generally forbid cities from passing firearms or knife ordinances stricter than that of state law. It seems that the least sensitive among us have a penchant for taking on the most challenging types of dogs! Anyway, thanks for sharing! I was surprised how good natured they were. And my Timber Wolf Husky mix is lazy and laid back. People often mistake them for wolves or wolfdogs. Not a bad thing in a wild animal but not something most European ranchers would want to deal with. Noiselss, barkless, curious, but definitely not an "in your face" dog!! 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. I've got a Pyrenees/malamute and wolf hybrid. I learn much from you and you open my eyes about this animal. Thanks for the comment and voting. People tended to mistake them for wolves. It's very interesting. I am wanting a wolfdog, but i was wondering if you knew what states don't allow them? Share our Wolf Dog Ranch and our Wolf Dog Puppies For Sale in Wisconsin with your friends. Charlotte, NC just advertised open season on coyotes. **Anyone suspecting a wolf attack in northern Wisconsin should call USDA-WS immediately at 1-800-228-1368 (in state) or 715-369-5221. Thank you for the comment. I have met owners in town who have wolfdogs. We have a Siberian-wolf that is a VERY sweet tempered 7 year old dog! I owned a chow/wolf mix. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2011: I don't know if I have ever seen a wolfdog in person. He is a beautiful dog but I would not recommend a wolf-dog to most people in America. in my latest hub Morecambe, this town has now been designated the Alsatian town of the UK! Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 18, 2011: I think they vary from dog to dog. Aside from local laws, the owner must have enough space and dedication and know the necessary diet and availability of medical care. Constitutional protection. I would encourage only very dedicated and physically fit dog owners to take on such an animal. I don't believe they are used for ranch work but for such things as search and rescue. It turned out her dog was a wolf hybrid. Our current dog has some of the characteristics you describe. Wisconsin only honors West Virginia permits issued after 6/8/2012. This dog was usually quite mellow but thought it was protecting the family's child. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on August 25, 2011: Thanks for the good comment. Great hub! Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 26, 2011: From all I have read of wolfdogs is that they are controversial. Thank you for sharing you experience as owner of a wolfdog. She lays on my bed and couch just like a dog. And yes, people have actually stopped their cars and asked me if she was a wolf! 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!!! Thanks for reading and commenting. 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. But the risks of not being able to properly train one are too great for me to take. 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. 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. The count is up 6.8% over last year's minimum count. In the period between 2012 and 2014, trophy hunters, trappers and houndsmen killed more than 1,500 wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan under hostile state management programs. By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press. I suspect that house insurance might go up as well. The website recommends a Malamute or Husky for people who want something that resembles a wolf. In southern Wisconsin call 1-800-433-0663 (in state) or 920-324-4514. (A Wild Call)a true story. I had to have him put down. Was an interesting read about a cool looking dog! - Lupii sau hibrizii câinilor-lup sunt foarte controversați, iar legile și reglementările referitoare la acestea diferă de la un loc la altul. Common sense would indicate that they need special training and probably a special trainer. There doesn’t seem to be a standard for wolf-dog hybrids in the U.S. 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. I hope to help him out one day. 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. Thanks for your comment. Lupii pot fi frumoși, dar nu toată lumea îi vrea în cartierul lor. Violations can result in fines, forfeiture, and/or imprisonment. 1. The website Wolf Country does not recommend the average person own wolfdogs. I am considering getting a wolf hybrid as a companion. According to Wikipedia, there are at least seven breeds of wolfdog hybridization. Wisconsin Animal Welfare Laws Prohibitions: Civil Penalties. Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on January 19, 2012: We recently got a Siberian Husky that people ask the same question. I am wondering what states allow wolf hybrid ownership without a license. In just one season, Wisconsin’s wolf population plummeted 20%, with 17 packs disappearing entirely. Tammy from North Carolina on February 10, 2012: I LOVE these creatures. Some counties in Wisconsin ban wolf hybrids (e.g., LaCrosse county). Some folks think they are quite dangerous, while others think they are very good dogs.Thanks for your comment. These dogs seem to be very cautions, nervous, and high strung when it come to visiting strangers. Currently the Wisconsin DNR estimates a minimum count of 232 packs that have 925 to 956 wolves living in our state. Breed safety laws :: Over 900 U.S. cities have enacted breed-specific legislation and wolf-dog hybrid laws. Maybe it was the silver from the elkhound coloring that he gets in the winter along with the 8 pounds of fur! 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