Wolamute Dog Breed Information and Facts
The Wolamute is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Timber Wolf also called the Gray Wolf and the Alaskan Malamute. Depending on the wolf content, the personality of Wolamutes can vary significantly. Dogs with low wolf content are better suited as a pet than those with mid and high contents. Like its Malamute parent, these dogs are well tempered and affectionate towards their owners. As the wolamutes possess the characteristic aggressiveness of a wolf, they should be handled firmly. Stopping the undesirable wolf-like behaviors: Lack of entertainment and mental stimulation often leads to destructiveness including climbing fences, digging dens, chewing of household items, and territorial aggression. Providing them with antlers, KONGS, squeaky toys, and rope toys ensures a fun time. These large-sized hybrids have thick, medium-length coats in standard “wolf” colors; their temperament can vary depending on how much of their behavioral traits they inherit from their Malamute and/or Timber Wolf parents.
History of the Wolamute
The history of the Wolamute goes back to the 1950’s and 1960’s, when Alaskan Malamutes were bred with the Timber Wolf and other possible breeders. The breed received formal recognition in the late 1970’s by the Wisconsin Greyhound Association, thus was called a “Wisconsin Malamute”. Today, this gray wolf-dog hybrid is in demand as a pet. The word “wolf” is still used in many breeds’ names to indicate the nature of the dog, but the use of this word in a breed’s name did not become commonplace until about the 1960’s. At that time, it was common to name breeds such as Greyhound to acknowledge their physical similarity to wolves, but it was not considered logical to name the new breed, the Greyhound.
Description of the Wolamute
Wolamutes are very tall and well proportioned in size. They have a broad chest, a sloped back, and a well defined heart-shaped butt. Their color can range from sandy yellow to a black-brown, with silver grey or silver white spots on the chest and back. The Wolamute was developed in order to be a companion to the Malamute to help them protect their owners and keep them safe when they are outside. Due to its affectionate and playful disposition, many owners have also bought wolamutes to keep their dogs company when their owners are away.
Personality of the Wolamute
Cooperative and friendly with children and other pets. Extremely devoted to their families and dogs. Due to their defensive nature, Wolamutes are exceptionally energetic, which can result in potential behavior problems. Shelter Wolamutes need constant care and training due to their dominant and highly protective nature. These dogs cannot be expected to adopt to ordinary household pets. Cooperative and friendly with children and other pets. Extremely devoted to their families and dogs. Due to their defensive nature, Wolamutes are exceptionally energetic, which can result in potential behavior problems. Shelter Wolamutes need constant care and training due to their dominant and highly protective nature. These dogs cannot be expected to adopt to ordinary household pets.
Temperament of the Wolamute
Wolamutes are generally calm and friendly to their owners. They are affectionate and tolerant of small pets but may sometimes bark harshly at larger ones, especially if they are playful. Therefore, keep the wolamutes in separate areas from dogs or cats, and if the pup becomes too interested in the household pets, always keep them on a leash. They are generally calm and friendly to people but can become aggressive when challenged by their dominant counterpart, the Malamute. Life expectancy of the Wolamute They have a life expectancy of around 8 to 10 years. However, some health complications may affect them. Some of their health problems include heart problems, hip dysplasia, dislocation of the shoulder, and hip joint failure. These health issues may occur before the age of 2 years.
Health Issues of the Wolamute
General Health Condition: In most cases, Wolamutes are healthy and the breed does not have any major health concerns. Although most Wolamutes are healthy, some breeds may have a specific health concern depending on the individual dog. These health issues may include, but not limited to: Blood circulation: Any vertebral spinal disorders, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, and heart diseases that affect blood circulation, are common in some Malamute-Wolamute crosses. Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, and heart diseases that affect blood circulation, are common in some Malamute-Wolamute crosses. Ear infections: Common ear infections are common in both Malamutes and Wolamutes, especially when they are young. They are treated with ear syringing and ear drops.
Grooming Needs of the Wolamute
If kept as a pet, they may need grooming more than a standard Malamute. Grooming includes brushing their coat, trimming their nails, and trimming their hair around their ears. Breed Rescue Organizations The breeding of Wolamutes is very popular, and many organizations now offer them for adoption. How to Buy a Wolamute There are many websites available where you can find a Wolamute for adoption or purchase. We advise you to research the breed before you make a decision to buy a Wolamute as they can be very expensive.
Training Needs of the Wolamute
A wolf pack structure promotes self-sustenance and more cooperative social structure. Hence, Wolamutes possess a stronger need for social interaction with their owners. However, they require more space and less time to train compared to a Malamute dog. Because of their low energy level, Wolamutes are often easily bored. They should be treated with great care as they cannot easily adapt to strict schedules or confined spaces. Malamute Parent Wisdom A Malamute enjoys retrieving by chasing and chasing with it a toy with its jaws, something the Wolamute lacks. Also, Malamutes and Wolamutes respond to more motivation when the toys are a bit bigger than themselves. But, Malamutes are more confident and independent than the Wolamutes. They are the purest of the wolf pack.
Exercise Needs of the Wolamute
Wolamutes are very active and need an active owner who can keep up with their active lifestyle. They can be a little prone to jumping around and playful running so they might not be the best choice for those who have the common mild form of arthritis. They may also get bored easily and for them exercise is the ultimate cure. Do they hunt? Yes, Wolamutes are born into an environment which is rich with game. These animals, being creatures of prey, are always on the prowl. Besides that, they are excellent trackers. But the best part of their hunting skills is their stealth ability. Thanks to their incredible speed, speed difference from their prey is hidden easily. Unfortunately, they can go a bit overboard with their hunting.