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HONIAHAKA WOLFALIKES

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 ft the dog standards.


You are more apt 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 


deep amber we find in wolves, and the tail will hang 


differently and in some case curl on top of the croup. 


Like the mid content 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 discernible 


wolf features and some recognizable 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 vocalize 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 


socialization to offset shy, fearful or skittish behaviors 


but they are extremely smart, easily trainable and not 


quite as independent as the high content. They can be 


housebroken with some work and can easily live in the 


house but 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 are very direct 


animals with strong will and the full predatory motor 


pattern.


These wolfdogs are so intelligent that they must have a 


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!


by Julia Sayers


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.