Thursday, 21 August 2014

Interview with Wolf Dogs

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Today we have a special post for you.
On one of our Siberian Saturday posts, we touched on a topic which we titled "It's not a wolf, it's a husky!" After I did that post, it really got me thinking about one of our fur-iends.
Rebekah from the blog My Rotten Dogs.

If you don't know their blog, you should!
She has 3 gorgeous pups.
All hybrids. AKA WolfDogs.
I have been following her blog for quite some time now, and have learned so much about the pups she shares her life with. All the way from their raw food diet, to snuggles and cuddles from her beautiful pack.

So, why am I going on and on about Rebekah?
I decided to get in touch with her and do an interview about her dogs.
I was personally interested in learning more, and I know there are SO many misconceptions out there about WolfDogs, and I wanted to be able to educate in my words, but coming straight from the horses mouth, so to speak.

Let me introduce you to her pack :

The beautiful Neeko

The handsome Bruce :

And last but not least, the stud Faolan :

Now that is a stunning pack!
Check out the interview, and learn some wonderful things about wolfdogs!

1) You have such gorgeous dogs, what are their names?

My blonde princess is Neeko, the dark boy is Bruce, and the lighter boy is Faolan.  (Faolan means "Little Wolf" in Gaelic.)

2) Are all 3 of your fur babies wolfdogs? 

Neeko has been phenotyped (guesstimated by physical features and behaviors) as a low content wolfdog in person by a knowledgable individual.  Bruce is considered a low/no wolfdog.  He does have one parent who is a wolfdog, but physically appears mostly dog.  Faolan has phenotyped via pictures as a lower mid to mid content wolfdog, meaning that he has some obvious wolf traits, but obvious dog traits as well.

3) What started your interest in "wolf dogs" ?

When we got Neeko as a "free to good home" puppy from an "oops" litter.  We were told that she had some content, but I didn't hear much because I was overwhelmed with puppy cuteness.  As she grew, I realized her behavior and looks were a bit out of the ordinary.

4) What sort of things did you have to research, when you first thought about adopting a hybrid?

I dove in head first!  One of the big things is that they (like northern breeds) don't do things simply to make their owners happy.  They think about how actions or not acting will benefit them.  She was very difficult to potty train, stubborn, but also shy with new people.  She peed all over our trainer's foot the first time she met him as a 10 week old puppy.

5) What would you say the biggest difference between a hybrid and a dog is?

They have all the same behaviors, they just demonstrate them at a different intensity. They seem to be more emotional, for lack of a better term, and express every single emotion they feel.  They are single event learners, meaning that if something frightens them once, there is a good chance they will be forever frightened of it, but that is not always the case.  They get bored easily (like any high drive, intelligent dog), which can result in destruction.  They are clever.  Faolan can open screen doors, from watching us do it.  Bruce can open cabinets.

6) What sort of things do you have to do differently with your pups, that say, a regular dog owner would do? ie: training, public places etc...

Positive reinforcement!  We will never be able to go somewhere without the treat bag, or wean them off of treats.  But I am fine with that.  Figuring out what most motivates them.  It took me a year and a half to get Faolan comfortable with car rides, and two years to get Bruce to the point that he could go on a walk without grunting or freaking out at something he saw.  Neeko is pretty easy in public, because I socialized the heck out of her as a puppy.  She doesn't get along with other females, which is common in wolfdogs (and many dog breeds, too.)  I just make sure strange dogs do not immediately get in her face, because that is her definition of rudeness.  She has a keen understanding of canine body language, and expects other dogs to behave themselves.

7) What are your dogs diets?

I feed all three of my dogs a raw diet, mostly prey model.  They occasionally get some premade or dehydrated raw as well.  I would feed the same diet whether they were wolfdogs or not.

8) Do your pups live inside your home?

Yes.  We have a dog door that leads to a very secure outdoor area that they can use as they please.  When we are not at home, they are sequestered to one room downstairs (the room with the doggy door.)  Most wolfdogs of higher content prefer to be outside most of the time, but my crew does not have that much content and enjoy the AC on hot summer days.

9) When the time arises, would you consider adopting another hybrid?

Possibly, if one was available in rescue.  As it stands now, I do not plan on getting any dogs for a long while.  I don't think Bruce would tolerate it well.  There are many pure bred dogs I would love to someday own, too.

10) So many people believe there should be no hybrids in the world and that they are dangerous. I completely disagree with this fact, but I do realize "wolf dogs" are not for everyone, what tips would you have for a potential hybrid adopter?

Wolfdogs have amazing communication skills.  They are actually very predictable if one has a basic knowledge of canine body language.  They typically give many hints before they act on anything.  My advice would be to make sure you have heavy duty fencing, patience, a sense of humor, the humility to admit that your dog is smarter than you, and don't be attached to your belongings.  Be prepared for a very intense relationship, and don't expect one to do your bidding for you or be your guard dog.

I absolutely loved her answers!
Wolfdogs actually remind me a whole lot of my own Siberian Huskies!

The whole reason I did this post, was to help people understand that a wolfdog can certainly make just as good of a pet as any other pet in the world!
However, wolfdogs are not for everyone. Please do your research before adopting ANY breed of dog.

I can understand that some people may be fearful when they hear the word "wolf" but you need to know, that if these dogs are in the right home, with the right people, they are beautiful, sweet natured dogs, just like your own beloved pets!

I would like to give a special thank you to Rebekah for participating in the interview.
I really enjoyed learning more about you pups and I hope everyone else did too.

That's all for today, we will see you tomorrow for our Pet Parade blog hop, when we will announce the winner of our HUGE anniversary giveaway! Could it be you?

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  1. Great interview and a lovely pack of dogs owned by a lovely lady who so goes out of her way to make her pack happy and fit. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

    1. Exactly! Thanks Molly, and i'm glad you enjoyed our interview!

  2. What excellent post - as always. I am so pleased that you have introduced me to Rebekah's Blog, it's fantastic and her dog's are absolute beauties! I have always had a soft spot for 'Wolf Looking' dogs and when I owned 2 Akitas, I often used to get asked if they were related to Wolves. Which was pretty annoying, may I add, considering it is so easy to tell the difference (well for dog fanatics like myself!). Neeko, I have to say, is my favourite out of the three. Bruce very much reminds me of a Husky cross German Shepherd I used to see near my street.

    Take care hunny,
    My Dog Diaries xxxx

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed our post!
      I love Rebekah's blog. I enjoy looking at photos of her gorgeous pack!.
      Neeko is definitely a beauty, I agree. Myself, with my 3 huskies, I get asked ALL the time if they are wolf dogs, and as much as I love wolf dogs, my dogs are not....yes it can get annoying, I agree!

  3. Great interview! I really enjoyed learning more about Rebekah's dogs, they are so beautiful. I remember big controversy about wolf dogs years ago when some gotten taken away from people in our area due to neglect. You are so right that any breed of dog can be the wrong fit for someone, so doing research is the key.
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

    1. Thanks Jan! Yes, and so many people have all these misconception of wolf dogs being aggressive and you shouldn't have them for pets and bla bla bla, which is why I really wanted to do this interview. Humans can turn any breed aggressive, not just wolf dogs, and they can make beautiful pets, just as any other breed!

    2. Great great great interview! I've only met two wolf hybrids before and I know absolutely nothing about them. I've been following their blog for awhile now, but it was great getting to hear about the basics.
      - Paw waves from the Pyrs at It's Dog or Nothing

    3. Aw wow thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed!
      I was so anxious to learn more, because i'm SO sick of hearing people say bad things about these dogs. I just had to do my part in educating people that these are NOT bad animals! They just need the right humans! And Rebekah is definitely the right human, with her beautiful pack!

  4. Good-looking dogs. Thanks for writing about them.

  5. GREAT post & beautiful Wolfdogs! In the U.S. Wolfdogs are considered "exotic" pets. Some states require a "Dangerous Animal" permit, just as they would for a lion. There is no approved USDA Rabies vaccination for Wolfdogs, they're treated as "wildlife". If they bite someone they must be euthanized in order to reliably determine if they had rabies. The ASPCA and HSUS do not support owning or breeding them. They're illegal in 11 states & many more counties. If you want to own a Wolfdog in the U.S. do LOTS of research first & be prepared! It took thousands of years to create the domesticated dog, a Wolfdog is not the same as your Goldendoodle. Don't mean to cough on anyone's buffet, I juste wanted to shed light on how they are viewed in the U.S. from a legal & animal welfare perspective. They're pretty controversial in the U.S. Most dog owners are probably not prepared to properly manage & care for a Wolfdog,, it takes a very experienced and dedicated owner. Thanks for giving us a peek into life with Rebekah's beautiful Wolfdog pack!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe www.dogsluvusandweluvthem.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks for your input as well.
      It does definitely take an experienced owner, but they can make very sweet natured pets.

  6. I love the My Rotten Dogs blog, so great to learn more about them.

  7. Oh wow! We don't follow their blog, but maybe we should! We definitely enjoyed learning about "WolfDogs"!
    In some countries you have to have a permit to have "wild" animals. When I was a kid, I always wanted to have a sanctuary for wild animals, like wolves and tigers. Someday, I may proceed with that dream!
    ❀Siamese Smothers and Tuxie Tickles❀ from Mikko and Jax at Happiness is Siamese!

    1. Aw! That's great dream to have! I wish you the best of luck!

  8. Those were beautiful dogs. Very beautiful and a thoughtful interview and good advice. Always research the breed you wish to adopt.

  9. Wonderful interview! I just finished reading Rebekah's post about her frozen trachea treats, very interesting. She definitely has a great blog to follow. Thanks for sharing.

    1. What a great post that was too! Very clever idea!!!

  10. Excellent interview, nice job! Beautiful dogs she has!

  11. That is a fantastic interview! I really love Rebekah's dogs and her blog. thanks for asking the questions that I wanted to know! ☺

    1. Your welcome! I'm so glad others were wondering the same things as myself!

  12. Great post! Rebekah's dogs are beautiful!

  13. Very interesting post. The takeaway for me is that you have to be extremely experienced and knowledgeable about dogs in general. This wonderful woman sounds very aware of the wolfdog's body language, for one. The other thing is that she says that hers have "low content", which I assume she means, small amount of wolf in them. What I get from this is that most of us would not be equipped to take care of a wolf dog in the amazing way she does!

    1. Exactly. You definitely have to know your stuff, however the main point was to clear up a lot of misconceptions I have heard, on people saying there is no place in the domestic world for wolf dogs. But there is. If they are in the right home, with the right people, they can be happy sweet natured pets. But yes, definitely not for just anybody. Rebekah does a wonderful job with her pups!


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