7 Facts About Wolf Dogs: What You Don’t Know About Wolfdogs

7 Facts About Wolf Dogs: What You Don’t Know About Wolfdogs

We all know that wolfdogs are the cutest of the cute breeds. But that’s not the only reason wolfdogs are a household favorite. Many people are unaware of all the facts about wolfdogs, and the information that is out there is not always accurate. I’ll help you avoid some of the mistakes that many people make about wolfdogs, and clear up any misconceptions you may have.

The First Wolf Dogs Were Part Pomeranian

Wolfdogs are part pomeranian, and this is actually the origin of the wolfdog name. The first wolf dogs, which lived in Europe and Asia around 7000 BC, were very similar to our domestic dogs. In fact, most of the dog breeds we see today are descended from wolfdogs. Some People Believe Wolf Dogs Are Distinct From Dogs The truth is that most wolfdogs are part-wolf, and they behave like a pomeranian – whether that’s a happy surprise to some people or not. People Have Adopted Wolf Dogs From The U.S. Military These are great news stories, but beware that wolves in the U.S. military are bred to kill enemies. Many people have gotten wolfdogs from the military, and they’ve been injured or killed. Anyone Can Buy Wolfdogs This is true in the UK and Australia too.

Wolf Dogs Are a Little Controversial

Before I get to the good stuff, let’s discuss a few things that people generally don’t know about wolfdogs. First of all, wolfdogs are very controversial. Many animal welfare groups oppose them because they are hybrids between wild dogs and wolves. This is illegal in some states and, in others, they have limited protections. These dogs often do not live with their pack and mate with different female wolves. They’re inbred and a real mix of different breeds that would not exist in the wild. So, while they look pretty in pictures, they are not what many people think of when they think of a wild dog. Wolfdogs have a long, sometimes brutal history. Sometimes, dogs who look like wolfdogs have been smuggled from Asia.

Wolf Dogs Can’t Be Vaccinated for Rabies

Many people believe that because wolves can’t be vaccinated for rabies, wolfdogs are exempt from the rabies vaccine, but this is not the case. Most of the people who bring wolfdogs to rescue or to a shelter are not aware that a wolfdog can’t be vaccinated for rabies. Rabies is also a virus, and the rabies vaccine is made up of a weakened form of the virus, so it cannot be effective against the whole virus. It’s Always Best to Get Rabies Testing Upon Entry into a Shelter I’ve been a manager at various animal shelters over the years, and all but one of the wolfdog breeds that I’ve seen while working had to be tested upon entry into the shelter. This is due to the fact that in order for a wolfdog to be considered a certified service animal, it must be tested for rabies.

Wolf Dogs Aren’t Legal in All 50 States

Wolfdogs are not legal in all 50 states. They are also illegal in some places overseas. Of course, you can still adopt a wolfdog, but you will have to do so through an animal shelter or rescue group, which means you will have to pay the dog’s expenses. In North Carolina, it is illegal to own or sell a wolfdog. It is also illegal in Wyoming to sell a wolfdog. I have seen one report that Wolfhound Rescue in South Dakota is also trying to get their laws changed for wolfdogs, so that North Dakotans would be able to own and sell them, as the majority of their dogs are purchased and not born. There Are Two Kinds of Wolfdog: Smooth and Smooth Collie All wolfdogs have the genes to be both a wolfdog and a collie. However, there is a breed distinction between the two.

Wolf Dogs Need a Ton of Space

Wolfdogs need a lot of space. I cannot tell you how many people mistakenly assume that they can easily live in apartments or small houses. While you can adapt your home for a wolfdog, they are truly something different. For one thing, they don’t go outside the normal pathways in your house. Most of the time, they are out exploring. They will go outside for short periods of time to go to the bathroom, but that’s about it. Keeping them out of trouble, and out of the way, can be difficult, and that includes the small closets and cubbies you may have. They Are Canine Allergies Many people assume that when they get a wolfdog they will never have to worry about allergies. But that’s not always the case.

Wolf Dogs Need a Special Diet

Most people are under the impression that wolfdogs need to eat some sort of vegetation as part of their regular diet. There are wolves that eat lots of vegetation, but it’s not the norm. A wolfdog needs a variety of proteins, and to add the adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals that they need, an amazing diet is essential. For instance, a wolfhound that eats a diet consisting of grains and beans has a bad health condition that will lead to increased risk of heart disease. This isn’t the case with all wolfdogs, but they definitely need more than a little help with their digestion. Because of this, wolfdogs need a special diet consisting of meat and organ meats, and a vegetarian diet is not something that’s necessary.

Wolf Dogs Howl—A Lot

Most wolfdogs are not coyotes, but actually a distinct wolf subspecies. They look similar to their wild cousins, but in truth they have a very different body shape and temperament. Though it might seem like they’re just roaring at the moon, these dogs are actually very expressive, vocal animals. They can tell you a story about their past experiences, and do that with a meow. Their meows vary depending on their mood. On the average they sound sweet and gentle, but during times of stress they are actually very intense. Puppies Can Be Born Anywhere Some are born wild, but most wolfdogs are saved from ending up as food for coyotes. They are primarily bred in North America. The USA has the largest numbers of wolfdogs in the world, with more than 5,000 in the country.

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