Louie Moley and Koko

HONIAHAKA WOLFALIKES

Home of the Northern Inuit Dog, Wolfalike Dog
         and American Wolfdogs in the UK   

8 Week old Wolfalike puppy 

Year old Wolfalike Puppy

Wolfalike Adult 

What is a Wolfalike Dog?



A Wolfalike (the noun being taken from the adjective 


wolf-like‘) describes a dog (Canis Familiaris) 


intentionally created to be as close to the wolf (Canis 


Lupus) in appearance and characteristics as possible, 


while retaining mostly dog-like behaviours but no or 


negligible actual wolf content. For years people have 


been trying to create a Wolfalike dog to this 


specification. More familiar Wolfalike breeds might be 


the Northern Inuit Dog, The Utonagan and the 


Tamaskan - all of these were originally bred using the 


same founding dogs. The most popular breeds used 


in the foundation of the Wolfalike breed are the 


Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute and the 


German Shepherd; traces of other breeds such as the


Samoyed and Norwegian Elkhound and Collie have 


also been found in the genetic makeup of some 


Wolfalike dogs. You will find that some Wolfalike dogs 


do have a minimal amount of wolf content in them, but


this is negligible. Some breeders have used The 


Saarloos wolfdog or the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog in 


their breeding programs. 


Because of people’s difference of opinions on how 


Wolfalike breeds should move forward, many breeders


have opted to move away from the closed gene pool 


clubs and become independent breeders to better 


develop the breed and widen the gene pool by 


introducing other Wolfalike dogs. 



Specifications/Standards



A Wolfalike can be large and athletic - or Giant and 


robust, some are similar in height and weight to the 


German Shepherd, others tower above the German 


shepherd and take on the Timberwolf stance. He or 


she should have a wolf-like appearance with a dense 


coat in the winter and a sleeker coat in the summer. 


The head should bear medium-sized ears and a 


characteristic “wolfish” mask. The tail should be 


straight and bushy. Everyone’s perspective of a wolf is 

different but the more similarities the individual has to 


a “standard” wolf in looks and movement the better.



Behaviour



Wolfalikes are intelligent dogs, but, on occasion, might


like to come across as less clever than they actually 


are- they love to learn and are really willing to please 


you, but they do lose interest and get bored easily, at 


which point they are likely to feign stupidity and 


forgetfulness! They are loyal and lovable companions 


with a wonderful temperament and make fantastic 


family pets. They get along well in a home 


environment with children and other an to introduce 


them when your dog is a puppy, so they will grow up 


together. Wolfalikes are, as a rule, pack animals and 


are therefore at their best kept together in a group. 


They can, however, be an only dog if you have the 


huge amount of time required to commit to their not 


inconsiderable needs. In an only-dog situation, you 


will become your dog’s pack and he or she will want 


to do everything they can with you. You will need to 


entertain him/her as otherwise he/she will become 


bored and potentially extremely destructive. Prey 


drive (which may include small pets such as cats or 


rabbits…) varies from dog to dog depending on which 


breeds have been added into their makeup. If you find


you have a puppy with higher prey drive, then we 


suggest plenty of training on a long line lead and that 


you do not let your dog off lead if it is anywhere near 


animals unless you have full control with recall.



Care 



As with many double coated breeds, Wolfalikes moult 


twice a year, usually in Spring and Autumn. During 


their moults, their soft undercoat will fall out gently and


painlessly in tufts for weeks. This process is known as


“blowing their coat”. At this time, they will need 


brushing around 3 times a day. Your house will 


resemble a snow storm and you will have 


tumbleweeds of fur rolling around, so investing in a 


good vacuum cleaner is a must. Sometimes you will 


wonder where all the fur has come from – it seems 


impossible that one dog can be hiding so much. 


Occasionally they will also lose their guard hairs (top 


coat) and when they do, they tend to look very untidy 


and unkempt until their full coat grows back. When 


they have finished moulting, daily grooming of 


Wolfalikes is good practice as it keeps them clean and


knot free. It also gives you chance to check for lumps, 


bumps and any injuries or ticks they may have picked 


up on a walk.



Training



As puppies, Wolfalikes are very quick to learn and 


willing to please. It is recommended that as soon as 


they are allowed out in public, you should take them 


along to an approved training school where they can 


begin to learn not only some basic manners, but also 


how to mix with other breeds. Some puppies can be 


very outgoing and bold, whilst others are more 


reserved and need extra coaxing to join in. Wolfalike 


dogs need plenty of early socialisation and positive 


training experiences as they grow. They can be very 


stubborn at times as they get older, so extra 


encouragement and patience is needed. They do go 


through different life stages, just like human beings, 


and if they are left untrained, habits formed at these 


times can cause issues as the dogs grow into 


adulthood. If you start from an early age, most 


Wolfalike dogs can be successfully let off lead, and 


with plenty of training will come back to their owner 


on command. Training is a lifetime commitment with a 


Wolfalike dog.



Exercise



As with any large breed dog, care should be taken 


with the amount of on lead exercise you give a puppy. 


A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five 


minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) 


until the puppy is fully grown, i.e. 15 minutes (up to 


twice a day). When three months old, 20 minutes 


when four months old etc. Once they are fully grown, 


they can go out for much longer. As Wolfalikes are a 


large or Giant breed you really need to be cautious 


with what you allow them to do at a young age, 


absolutely no agility, mushing or continuous running 


until they are past 18 months old, an then it will 


depend on how the growth of each individual dog is 


going.



Housing



Wolfalike Dogs love to be part of the family and cuddle


up on the sofa with you, just remember when allowing 


that cute 10kg puppy up on the sofa or your bed for 


cuddles, that that 55kg Adult will also still think its ok 


to come up for cuddles, set boundaries from the start. 


A safe area for when you are out is great to have, as 


they can get up to mischief as soon as they know you 


are not around. Crate Training is a sensible thing to do


with these dogs if done correctly as it keeps them safe


and out of harm’s way.


Some Wolfalikes prefer to be cooler and may want the


door open to the outside all day, a nice outdoor area


is always a good idea, where they can be dry but still 


lay out in the fresh air. A fair size garden is idea for 


these dogs, remember to check you have no plants 


that are poisonous to dogs, as Wolfalikes do like to 


help with the gardening. A secure Garden with a 6-


foot fence is a must with these dogs, as some can be 


climbers or jumpers.





The Marble Effect

Even if a puppy is of a low-no wolf percentage on 

paper (you take both parents known wolf percentage, 

add those together, take the sum and divide it 2 to get 

the wolf content for their offspring)


Example theoretical wolf content, parent 1~8% 


wolf 


+ parent 2 ~16% wolf would be= 24% combined.  


24/2=12% theoretical wolf content of offspring.


However, nature is never this exact, but 


more random. 



A pup can be as high as 24%, or as low as 0% 


depending on which genes they get. We tend to 


explain this using something called the “marble 


effect”, where different coloured marbles represent 


the wolf/dog content.  This also illustrate that all pups 


in a litter can have different content, depending on 


which marbles nature decide to pick from the bowl 


that represent the combined DNA (here marbles) from 


the parents.


A lot of people now DNA test their wolfdogs and 

Wolfalikes to get an idea on just what their animal has 

inherited, sometimes they come back higher than the 

parents.


I hope you enjoyed the read above and an incite into 

wolfalike dogs .