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My experiences with a Wolf Hybrid dog. Six valuable lessons that I’ve  learned from owning him.

When I tell my friends now that I use to own a wolf  hybrid  many can’t believe it.  One reason may be that I currently have 3 small Pomeranians.

When I was younger I owned nothing but large dogs but now I  can’t imagine owning one. Perhaps the main reason would be all the problems I had with my wolf hybrid.  Another reason may have  something to do with the fact that large dogs have large poop, and when my two boys were young it was their job of picking it up.  Now that my kids are grown and gone that job belongs to me. Or maybe it’s because small dogs can be carried around like little babies and don’t take up much room in my bed. Whatever the reasons my love and devotion now is dedicated to small dogs.

But to answer the question if wolf hybrid dogs make good pets my answer is a resounding NO.  I probably could write a book on all the problems my wolf hybrid created but I’ll dwell on just a few of them here.

I’m not sure what prompted me to buy my wolf hybrid some 40 years ago but he was a beautiful dog.  His name was Smoky and he was very attached to me. We had another dog then, a Collie and they were good friends.  But because of the wolf’s destructive nature he couldn’t be left alone in the house, unlike our Collie.  So when I worked we kept them both in our backyard.

Soon we discovered that our chain link fence was not going to keep him in the yard. He would dig holes and crawl underneath the fence. Our Collie must have decided our wolf needed supervision when he was out so he followed.

When I first discovered they were out I was frantic.  Our street could be dangerous and I was worried about them getting hit by a car.  So I got into my car and started searching the neighborhood. When I found them I opened my car door and asked them if they wanted to go for a ride. Great trick when it works.

When I returned home with them my husband would have to reinforce the spot where Smoky dug out with bricks and dirt. Then he would say, “Don’t worry they’re not going to get out again.”

Later that week or maybe it was the next day Smoky managed to get out in a different spot.  So I got in my car again searching the neighborhood until I found them so I could practice my “Go for a ride trick.”  My husband would then get to enjoy his hobby of gardening, although I’m not so sure you could call filling in holes gardening. But you do get to work with your hands in the dirt, right?  Lesson #1 Wolf Hybrids love to dig.

Once I had to take my husband to work and planned on only being gone for 10 minutes. I didn’t want to put them outside because I didn’t want to end up searching the neighborhood this early. When I got home the fairly new couch cushion was torn to pieces. Lesson #2 Wolf Hybrids are very destructive.

As time went on Smoky continued to make his escape taking my Collie with him. This went on for months, he would always find a new way out and  I would always have to cruise the neighborhood to bring them home. Then my husband  once again got to repair the fence.    If your asking me why we didn’t fix the whole fence in the beginning , every time they got out my  husband would tell me that there was no way they were getting out anywhere else.  I wanted to believe.

Naturally I should have realized he was wrong, after all how often are husbands right? Just kidding guys…..seriously though they continued to get  out every couple of days. I think they had  a master escape plan that we humans were too dumb to decipher.   Day 1 dig hole, day 2 dig hole bigger and act innocent, day three make escape before humans find hole.

This went on until one day animal control picked them both up, I had to go to the humane society to rescue them. Had the pleasure of paying a fine for letting my dogs roam the neighborhood and another fine for not having two dog licenses.  Sure it was the law but who had money for dog licenses when we were too busy paying for our wolf hybrid’s destructiveness.

Just when we thought the entire fence was reenforced and we were convinced our sweet wolf-hybrid was never going to get out again he must have been reading a book on teleportation.  Amazingly he found his way out and we spent days trying to figure out how he did it. It wasn’t until much later, quite by accident that we seen him crawl over the fence.

It was then that we knew something had to be done. That’s when we got the idea to electrify our fence. Back then they didn’t have the modern electric fences with collars this was more like they used with farm animals.  We strung wire (or my husband did I watched) around the bottom of our fence so he couldn’t dig his way out and along the top so he couldn’t crawl over.

This was going to be tricky because the wire had to go over the gate also.  So every time you went into the yard you had to duck so you wouldn’t get zapped. Once I guess I didn’t duck down far enough and I learned what people meant when they said they seen stars after getting hit in the head.  The electric wire hit me right across my forehead.  My husband thought it was so funny he told me next time I wanted to see stars he ‘d buy me  a telescope.

If we imagined for even a minute that the electric fence was going to keep Smoky our wolf-hybrid in, we were wrong again.  If  I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I would have never believed what followed.

My kids had a wagon in the yard which happened to be close to the edge of the fence.  He would pick up the handle and continually drop it until it landed on the wire and short out the fence.  Did I mention how smart he was? How he knew he could then get out well……your guess is as good as mine. Lesson #3 Wolf Hybrids are great at problem solving.

He continued to get out for months dropping sticks on the fence wire or whatever he might find in the yard. We would search for them, bring them home, fix the wire.  Rinse, lather, repeat, rinse lather, repeat…..oh sorry thinking of something else stupid.

I remember once my husband planted a beautiful tree so when it grew it would give the dogs more shade in the yard.  Smoky must have decided the tree needed some pruning so he chewed off all the lower branches that he could reach.  We had to put a fence around the rest of the tree to prevent him from making matchsticks out of it.

We had one of those really large satellite dishes back then that were popular and the best place for it to be located so it had a clear view of the sky was about 100 feet from the house. So we had the dish installed and the wire buried in our yard.  When we had our backs turned Smoky dug up all the wire and chewed the wire in half. Didn’t I already learn this lesson? Repeat lesson #1 Wolf hybrids like to dig.

While wolves are somewhat shy around people they do like to  sneak up on you. One day while he was out he bit my neighbor’s butt as she was walking from her yard into her house. Luckily there was no puncture wound. Lesson #4 check home owners policy for liability coverage.

Another time when he got out he severely injured my neighbor’s dog and I had to pay to have the dog put to sleep.  Luckily for me they were very understanding and did not pursue any legal matters from this event.

And then there was the time he killed my neighbor’s pet goose.  What could I do I was trying to keep him contained. Lesson #5 Wolf Hybrids have a strong prey drive.

I’m pretty sure many of my neighbor’s were getting sick and tired of seeing my killer wolf  in their yard and in fact someone decided to use him for target practice  with their shotgun.  I was called home from work that day and found the police were at my house.  Wolf hybrid or not it’s illegal to shoot someone’s pet.  While he didn’t have any permanent damage from it, I had to take him to emergency clinic and many of the pellets remained in him.

Shortly after that they got picked up by animal control for the second time. It was all I could take. Many people suggested chaining him but that was something I just didn’t believe in and from what I knew chaining makes them more aggressive and protective of  their area.

We decided then that we needed to find another home for him. After a lot of searching we managed to find  someone who lived in the country that said they would take him.  I warned him of the many problems we had experienced but he said he used to own one and understood.  While it was hard to leave him it was the best thing for our sanity. Lesson #6 Never get any pet without doing your research.

I hope I’ve convinced you that wolf hybrids do not make ideal pets but if you’re still thinking about one be sure to check your state laws before you buy, many states like Michigan passed the wolf dog hybrid act (passed summer of 2000) which prohibits ownership of wolf dog hybrids.

Wolf hybrids are  beautiful creatures but wild animals should just stay in the wild. What do you think?


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14 Responses to “Wolf Hybrids l Do They Make Good Pets”

  • Laurie says:

    Wow…what a smart dog!

    • Garland says:

      my hybrid wasn’t nearly as bad as the one she owned because I could leave it in the home with out it destroying it but one time it literally broke through the window to escape, my guess was someone walking by was antagonizing it.

  • Dillan Constanto says:

    I think the article was true but it depends on what kind of personality your hybrid may have, an alpha or an omega? Wolf Hybrids are a joy to have and by all means are not meant for everyone. The writer should not have purchased one without first studying the breed and all that it requires to have. Even regular dog breeds are not meant for everyone. I have two jack russells and they are worse than my hybrids in regards to their high energy and constant barking.

    • Sue Huss says:

      I can’t agree more had I known what a nightmare the wold hybrid was going to be, I would have chosen differently. That’s the trouble too many people just get a dog because it is cute, not realizing how much time and effort they are going to require. After my experience with my wolf hybrid I only have owned small dogs, they are so much easier.

  • Hilda says:

    I had a half wolf, half rat pet called a WOAT ! That’s right…it originates in Mexico and is a hybrid between a half small Mexican wolf and huge Mexican rat. Apparently in the desert, these wolves love to screw the huge rats, about the size of a small dog. The rats are rodents and can breed with the canine wolves. The WOAT displays characteristics of both wolf and rat. About the size of a small coyote, they are grey, have long rat-like tails, rat-like ears, a coyote like snoot and very sharp teeth. They love to gnaw and chew on everything, cannot bark and love cheese ! They also can be vicious and must be kept in an enclosure or they will destroy your home ! Mine was purchased in Mexico as a baby, about 8 weeks old on the street. They are not common in the U.S. and not recommended as pets. After 1 year, we set “Topo-Pero” (his name) loose in the woods near our home in Santa Ana, CA and hope he mates with a wild coyote or stray dog or something.

  • Shehila says:

    I have a Timber Wolf Cody who I got when he was 8 weeks old. The breeder said that was the last week she was going to sell the pups and was going to end up keeping them, he is 95% wolf. Cody is BEAUTIFUL. He is 3 years old now. When I first got him he was very very rude and had the attitude “that is mime, I am taking it like it or not, now move over before I move you over.” One time he dug a hole in my husband’s mattress and acted like it was a nest so we let him have it for his very own. We are both retired and it took about 4 days to housebreak Cody and yes he likes to dig so I let him dig at the beach or someplace elsewhere in the yard. We live across the a National Park so he has a lot of places to just walk across the street and dig.

    Cody is 3 years old now and a house pet in all ways. He is very loving and is NEVER off his leash, we take him for walks in the park, car rides, and he is alone in the house and does not destroy anything. He knows the house rules and obeys them. He has cats who just love him to death and I have a parrot who Cody does not hurt weather I watch him or not. I can completely trust him 100% with no questions asked.

    The only problem I have is he HATES dogs and dogs HATE him. When a dog sees Cody they either run with their tail between their legs, head down or they attack him. Cody’s strength is unbelievable. He is very loyal, protective, and loving. My husband and I are retired so I contribute his good nature and good behavior to us not having human children, having patients, and spending a lot of time with him. I love Cody and Cody loves me and I am so glad he is here and he is nothing like the bad hybrid wolves that others describe.

    • Shehila says:

      Cody can also speak, sit, go lay down, shake, bark, jump and when he can’t find one of us he sits and puts his nose in the air then takes a long deep breath and lets out the most loud mournful howl I have ever heard and the sound is so strong it actually vibrates in my chest. Cody is so AWESOME. I just love him to death.

    • Sue Huss says:

      Hi Sheila,
      I’m glad your happy with your wolf hybrid although I think your story confirms my thought that wolves do not make good pets. I’ve never had a regular dog who chewed a hole in a mattress and when you consider how much some people pay for their mattress that would be a tragedy.
      Is he off leash when he walks across street to park to dig holes? The fact that’s he hates dogs much like my wolf hybrid did scares me if he can come upon another dog and kill them. I also wonder have you had him neutered perhaps that will help with his aggression towards other dogs even if it didn’t help my wolf Smokey.
      I wish you luck and would love to hear from you in a few more years.

      • Shehila says:

        Cody does have some instincts that can not ever be changed. Every dog I have had in the past has been very gentle at feeding time and I was allowed to take their food. With Cody if I take his food, I will get my hand bit off and Cody will say I deserve it. I think that is just a wolf’s nature and nothing will change that, but I have to respect his nature as he has to respect a human’s nature as well.

        NO, he is never ever never ever off his leash for any reason or at any time, I think his nature will again take over and he would run. He is a born hunter and I don’t think he realizes how dangerous running away could. I think he would run and have fun and get lost in the woods and something happen to him. I don’t think he would run of because he is unhappy, just very unexperienced to his nature. I don’t think a pack of wolves would ever accept Cody because although he is a wolf, he has not had the natural training and they would think something is different about him and they would not accept him. If they did, Cody would have a very hard time and be at the bottom of the chain and be picked on.

        Unfortunately I do believe he would kill another dog and I think again that is part of his nature. I think a domestic dog realizes he isn’t a dog. My vet said to neuter him when he was a puppy and I felt so bad about having him in a cage at the vets that I waited until he was about a years old, the vet was right. Since I live so close the state park packs of Coyotes started to follow us on our walks. They would never come close but they would stay at the edge of the woods and howl at us. Then they started to come into our yard and sit and look up at Cody and harass. The vet said that is because Cody is becoming a young man and the Coyotes were afraid of losing their women and it was also a food chain threat to Coyotes because wolves are dominate over Coyotes. So about a month after he got neutered, the Coyotes stopped coming around and I never had another problem with them. When my husband goes to work, his company has a nice dog that likes everybody. My husband said when that dog smells him, he dog growls and moves away. I guess again nature took over.

        I have to have a Holtie leash on him or I can’t control him when we walk. It is a head harness that attaches to his collar and he is lead by his face instead of his collar. That way when he pulls he pulls himself backwards towards me and he can’t go forward. His strength is beyond words.

        Yes, I do love Cody very much and he is a BIG responsibility and I do wish he could run, Cody is kind of stuck between a rock and a hard spot. He was born what he was to sell for somebody to make money, which was non of his own fault, and he does not fit into being in a natural pack of wolves or with dogs either. So I guess he got lucky to have an old couple who loves him enough to make sacrifices and go out of their way to compromise and understand him.

  • Sue Huss says:

    I hope when people read your story that they will understand what a huge responsibility of owning a wolf hybrid will be. You make a great point about the wolf and their instincts, you just can’t change the way they will react due to their wild instinctual behavior. Please be careful on your walks and when Cody is in your yard. I know coyotes are excellent fence jumpers and who knows what some hungry desperate coyotes may do if winter is rough on them. Cody is definitely lucky to find someone with so much love and patience.

  • Joan Marie says:

    Smoky sounds just like my wolf hybrid… A total pain , but also so sweet when he is not destroying something..
    Our hybrid has destroyed our vinyl floor in family room, literally chewed it to pieces…
    Our leather sofa,,,tore the whole arm apart.. And still likes to attack our small fence around our small pond..which he chews up the fountain and pump…!! He is soo strong that he can knock down an eight foot wood section of fence with one push.. And has done so several times..
    Why, I just don’t know.. He is my husbands baby and would never think of getting rid of him..
    He is only three years old so it will be a long road ahead..
    Ps he is actually afraid of my Jack Russell

    • Sheila says:

      Cody will be 5 years old this March and I understand your love for your wolf. Cody has become very protective of me. I had him out in the woods a few weeks ago and my foot got stuck under some tree roots and I fell. Cody came running back to me with a worried look on his face, stood above me and looked around and then took his little nose and tried to help me get up with his nose under my arm pushing upwards. He is amazing. When I lay on the floor he comes up to me and stoops down and literally puts his neck over mine and pushes down. I guess he has claimed me for his.

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