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Buy A Half Wolf Dog



The primary focus of the Sanctuary is to drive public awareness and education on wolfdogs. There are many misconceptions surrounding these animals, and backyard breeders take advantage of the misconceptions to create a market for wolfdogs as exotic pets. The majority of the wolfdogs at the Sanctuary are from people surrendering them after failing to have them as pets in their homes.




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While we do accept surrenders, we are at capacity based on the number of enclosures we currently have, and sadly have to turn many wolfdogs away. So we turn our attention to educating the public on the true nature of wolfdogs and the negative outcomes for the many intentionally bred high-content wolfdogs who end up being displaced. We do support rehoming low content wolfdogs that would do well in specific homes.


Wolfdog ownership is not the same as dog ownership. It takes an educated and prepared individual/family to provide a good home for a wolfdog. Below are some things that people should be aware of as to what makes a good wolfdog owner:


When owners are in need of new placement for their wolfdog, but we don't have the space to bring them into our care, we may assist them by posting them as a courtesy post. These adoptions are not through Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary.


A wolfdogs life expectancy can vary depending on how much wolf content is present. Often times wolfdogs with more wolf content tend to have a longer life expectancy. A wolfdog's life expectancy could be anywhere from 12-16+ years old! Given this longevity, a wolfdog is a very big commitment and you must be prepared to care for the animal for the duration of its lifetime regardless of the animal's challenges or any other factors, such as moving, having a family, or getting a new job. There are very minimal places for a wolfdog to go if you are no longer able to care for them and this can often result in euthanasia.


Wolfdogs tend to have a higher than normal prey drive. For this reason, it is not recommended to have a wolfdog around cats or other small animals. Some lower content wolfdogs may be okay around cats if they have received socialization to them at a young age, however, they would always need to be supervised.


As a general rule of thumb, we would typically consider a well socialized low content wolfdog suitable to be a pet. Low content wolfdogs still tend to be much more challenging than a regular dog and previous experience with northern breeds or other challenging breeds is highly recommended. Most mid and high content wolfdogs are not suitable as a pet. Lower content wolfdogs have much more dog content than they have wolf content, so their behaviour tends to be more dog-like. Wolfdogs with more significant amounts of wolf content are much more instinctual, which often means they may be uncomfortable and destructive indoors, unable to be fully housebroken, and cannot be left unsupervised. Higher content wolfdogs are often outdoors animals that also need adequate, spacious containment with a minimum fence height of 8 feet.


Wolfdogs and young kids generally are not a good fit. Kids tend to make fast movements that can excite or spook a wolfdog. This can result in nipping and/or biting in certain situations. A wolfdog that is comfortable to be pet and receive attention from humans may only be comfortable to be pet in certain areas and can be very particular. Young kids will not have the understanding needed to listen to a wolfdog's cues and body language and therefore puts all parties in a risky situation. Wolfdogs are also quite large and commonly have heightened prey drives and tend to be resource guarders. While each wolfdog is an individual with their own unique set of challenges, it is not recommended to consider wolfdog ownership if you plan on having kids, or have kids that are under the age of 12 years old.


Wolfdog legalities vary province to province and state to state. There are even some cities that have their own legislation even though there may not be a restriction within that province or state. It is always best to contact your local animal bylaw to check if owning a wolfdog is legal or not in your area.


If it is legal to own a wolfdog in a province or city, generally speaking it would also be legal to own a wolfdog within city limits in a house, condo, downtown apartment etc. In most areas where wolfdogs are legal to own, there are no regulations in place to ensure they are in suitable environments. Most wolfdogs can easily scale a 6-foot fence, which oftentimes is the maximum fence height allowed within a city limits or counties, so while it may be legal to own a wolfdog in your area, the containment necessary to keep them safe may not be.


Whether a wolfdog will get along with other dogs is dependent on the amount of wolf content that is in them as well as the socialization they received at a young age. There is a much better chance that a low content wolfdog with proper socialization will be appropriate meeting new dogs than a high content wolfdog. Same sex aggression and territorial behaviour are common in wolfdogs; especially wolfdogs with a significant amount of wolf content. Many wolfdogs will need slow introduction to a new dog or can be dog selective. This means dog parks or off-leash areas are oftentimes not suitable for a wolfdog.


Wolfdogs tend to have a lot of energy and need appropriate outlets to expel it. Wolfdogs require both physical exercise and mental stimulation on a daily basis. The exact amount of physical and mental exercise is very much dependent on each individual animal, however, it is important to note that a 30 minute walk around the neighbourhood will likely not cut it for a wolfdog. If a wolfdog does not get enough exercise, they will likely become much more destructive and mischievous and let you know that they still have lots of excess energy.


Wolfdogs tend to do best on a high protein diet. While some low content wolfdogs can do well on a good quality, high protein kibble, most mid and high content wolfdogs do best eating a raw meat based diet.


Wolf-dog hybrid (hybrid for short) is a term used to describe an animal that is part wolf and part domestic dog. Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) and wolves (Canis lupus) share an evolutionary past and thus share many physical and behavioral traits.


Domestic dogs tend to mature much earlier (6 to 8 months of age)., but the challenging behavior still exists, although it is typically less intense in most breeds compared to wolves. Hybrids can exhibit any combination of wolf or dog maturation rates and behavioral changes.


One organization educating the public about the issues of wolf and hybrid ownership is Wolf Park. Wolf Park explains that while many individuals do make an effort to become educated about the potential outcome of owning a wolf or hybrid, others unfortunately do not. This results in the animals being kept in an environment where their social and behavioral needs are not met. In these situations, the animals frequently spend their days in small cages or tied to chains, with very poor quality of life.


Laws vary from area to area. In some states, hybrids are illegal to own, in other states hybrids are classified a wild animals and owners are required to possess the same type of permits and caging as for a wolf. Yet in other states, hybrids are regulated as dogs, needing only proper vaccinations and licenses and finally, some states leave it up to counties and cities to set their own regulations around hybrids.


Rabies vaccinations in hybrids are also complicated, because there has been no vaccine developed and approved for use in wolves or wolfdogs. The reasons for this are also complicated, as it is not seen as profitable by drug companies and to test and create the vaccine, to complete this process would require extensive testing on wolves and wolfdog hybrids, which is seen as unpopular.


This all means that the issue of hybrids is very complicated. A few people are successful in keeping hybrids, but most people for a variety of reasons are not prepared to understand or provide for the physical or psychological needs of the animal. The higher the content wolf the less likely they can be kept as a house pet and will require special housing, socialization and care. There are legal issues to consider, as well as knowing that some vets are not willing to provide care, and that the rabies vaccine in not approved for use in these animals.


Identifying a wolf, a dog and a hybrid can also be very challenging because of how closely related wolves and dogs are. Being critical in evaluation about behavior, and how adapted a canid is to living in a home with human companions considering safety of the humans, community and ability to live in harmony is most important, and the reality is that animals that are more wolf like in their behavior are unlikely to do well living in our homes.


The first documented breeding of wolf dogs occurred in the 18th century when a British man named General John Burgoyne crossed his dogs with wolves in an attempt to create a more powerful and resilient hunting dog.


This is true in many ways with our wolf pet. Cruze does not eat like a dog, act like a dog, walk like a dog, and he certainly does not sound like a dog (yes he howls). And he has destroyed more things than I can count.


There are DNA tests available that help owners determine the amount of wolf blood in the wolf dog. Embark is currently the most accurate and reliable dog DNA testing to allow you to get a breakdown of your dogs breed mix.


Cruze was part of a 15-year breeding program in Florida where Jake picked him up when he was only 4 weeks old. Jake had to go through an extensive interview process to ensure he was a good fit to own a wolf puppy.


Unfortunately, the litter Cruze was born with has had two fatalities while going under anesthesia. But we were able to take Cruze to a reputable vet who has operated on many wolves and wolf dog breeds, and our boy had a successful surgery December 2020. 041b061a72


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