Wolf Dog Hybrid
The wolf dog hybrid is not the same as a weredog. (Find out what a weredog is.) The wolf dog hybrid, like the werewolf, is however a creature that is misunderstood by most humans and thus feared. As with any creature that is outside of what humans consider to be the norm, it is important to first understand what it is and its history in order to understand the creature itself.
A wolf – dog hybrid is essentially a wolf that has been bred with a domestic dog. At first, it may not seem that unusual…these are both four legged animals – and the wolf even seems fairly dog-like, so what’s so unusual about this? Well, yes, you are right, they are both canids, however wolves and dogs differ incredibly in terms of temperament, trainability, aggressive tendencies, and social behaviors. While wolves and dogs do have genes which allow them to hybridize, it is not something that is common – or – according to many – should even be encouraged. In fact, there are only approximately 300,000 of the hybrids in captivity in North America…if you compare this to the number of pet dogs – which in the United States alone exceeds 61,000,000 dogs, you will see how few of these creatures there truly are.
It is not recommended that wolf- dog hybrids are kept as pets because of the huge differences that exist between them and dogs. Although they may resemble dogs, they are not, and cannot be trusted with small animals or children. Their behavior is unpredictable, and you must remember that their genes make them undomesticated. Their needs are very different from those of a domesticated dog, and thus their behaviors – like aggression towards you or others will be hard to understand, although it may be completely normal for them, and just a result of their normal wild animal instincts.