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

What is a American Wolfdog



A Wolfdog, also known as a ‘wolf hybrid’, is simply a 


dog that has wolf in its family history. While it is 


widely understood that all dog breeds have 


descended from the wolf, a Wolfdog has pure wolf 


recently in its background, such as a parent or great 


grandparent (whereas your family dog may have to 


go back hundreds of generations to pure wolf).



Today’s Wolfdogs are not the result of a wild wolf bred 


with a domestic dog (generally). They are the result of 


dozens or more generations of Wolfdogs bred with 


Wolfdogs.


There is no breed standard. Wolfdogs, are wolf mixed 


with another breed, or several breeds, of dog. There


are however a few breeds “in development”, for 


example the Blue Bay Shepherd, Timber Shepherd, 


Nordic Timber and Berger Mahigan. Some are more 


known, some less known, but they do each have their 


own standard.


Usually, the Wolfdog is a combination wolf with 


Siberian husky, Alaskan malamute or German 


shepherd, but can be mixed with other breeds as 


well.


Wolfdogs will behave like wolf and the breed of dog 


they are mixed with. The wolf part tends to be shy 


with strangers, cautious, curious, intelligent, playful, 


watchful and energetic. They can also be stubborn, 


loving, independent and aloof.



What is a Low Content Wolfdog?


The low content Wolfdog is the perfect starter animal 


for those wanting to venture into Wolfdog ownership.


They make better companion animals and are easier


to manage, easier to socialize and train, and most 


importantly they are more forgiving than mid or high 


contents. You can make a mistake and not have to 


live with the consequences for the rest of the dog’s 


life.


These animals are much more adaptable to urban 


living and easily ft into an active outdoor lifestyle with 


you. 


They usually love to go for car rides or long hikes with 


their owners but can be equally happy at the dog park 


or sitting at the local coffee shop with you. At home 


they tend to be less destructive, and less likely to 


dismantle the furniture.


They typically lack the high prey drive seen in highs 


and are generally better with smaller pets and 


children, although no large breed dog should be 


trusted 100%. 


They behave like a super smart dog and look more 


like northern breed dog with some slight 


modifications that don’t quite fit the dog standards.


You are more likely  to see blue eyes or party colored 


eyes, tall thin ears that lack a lot of fur. Their coat will 


feel and look more like the dog in the mix with less of 


the bushiness and a lot less ruff around the head. 


Their eyes tend to be rounder and more often brown 


than the almond shaped deep amber we find in 


wolves, and the tail will hang differently and in some 


case curl on top of the croup. 


They will go into heat at any time 


of year and often have 2 cycles a year. We see a lot 


of the lows born Aug-Nov and again in Mar-June.



What is a Mid Content Wolfdog?


You will find the largest range of looks and behaviors 


in the mid content wolfdog category. 


Animals on the higher end of the mid scale will have 


easily noticeable  wolf features and some 


recognisable dog traits that will keep it from being 


bumped up into the High Content category. 


It will demonstrate a bit more intensity and 


sensitivity in its behaviors, yet not to the extreme 


that is seen in a high content.


The mid content will have some wolfier traits, but 


takes on an equal portion of the characteristics of the 


northern breed dogs that usually make up the mix. 


Their behaviors are also a bit watered down as 


compared to the high content.


Typically you will see more of a dog-like pattern to 


their coat, slightly taller and pointier ears with a bit 


less fur. 


The body may resemble more of a blocky style than 


the sleek look we find in a wolf. The shoulder and 


hips may also carry more of a look of the malamute, 


shepherd or husky. They can vocalise like a dog or a 


wolf and there breeding cycle can be anytime of the 


year and can happen more than once per year.



Like the High Content these animals require heavy 


socialisation to offset shy, fearful or skittish behaviors 


but they are extremely smart, easily trainable and not 


quite as independent as the high content. Just like the 


high content they will show some fear to new people 


and strangers, men being the most common for then 


to fear, you should always wait until they approach 


you and never approach them, as this can cause 


them to become fearful of the situation and want to 


flee.They can be housebroken with some work and 


can easily live in the house but constant supervision 


is required. 


Outdoor containment is a must to let them get their 


exercise.



What is a High Content Wolfdog?


There is no one breed standard for the wolfdog so 


depending on the animals in the mix you will see a 


wide variety of physical traits. However, the high 


content should display a large number of wolf-like 


traits. An extremely high content will be almost 


indistinguishable from a pure while those on the lower 


end of the high content spectrum may display some 


slightly doggie features and possibly some watered 


down behavioral characteristics.


It is hard to pinpoint specific behavior characteristics 


of high content because each animal is an 


individual. 


Canine behavior is canine behavior, but the reactions 


and the intensity of the behavior is what make a high 


content wolfdog much different to work with. As a 


general rule a high content will follow many of the 


traits we find in pure wolves that have helped them 


survive in the wild. They are typically very sensitive to 


their environment. They come across very stubborn 


and aloof with a lack of a willingness to please that 


we see in domesticated dogs. They can be very shy 


and fearful of anything new or different. They can be 


very fearful of new people and it is advised not to 


approach one, sit and wait until they decide to 


approach you or not.


They are very direct animals with strong will and the 


full predatory motor pattern.


These wolfdogs are so intelligent that they must have 


lot of stimulation to keep them from boredom and 


the inevitable destruction that follows. They are very 


affectionate and bond strongly to their family. They 


love attention on their terms but prefer to live 


outdoors as they mature rather than sharing the 


house with you. 


Contrary to myths, they can be trained but you must 


find the right methods to entice them to want to 


please you. 


You just have to do a lot of trial and error to find it and 


once you do remember to train in short periods to 


avoid boredom. They can excel in learning basic 


manners, but obtaining 100% recall will aggravate the 


most patient owner. A high content wolfdog should be 


owned by very experienced people with the proper 


containment, a thorough understanding of canine 


body language and of canine behavior. These 


animals are not for everyone!






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. 



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 insite into 

wolfdogs.