Does Anyone Have a Wold Hybrid For a Pet?
May 6, 2009 1:31pm CST
I just wanted to know about having a wolf hybrid as a pet. Several years ago I got wolf hybrid. He was 96% wolf, and the rest malemute. I named him Odin. I found that he was mostly wolf in his habits and actions, naturally because of his breeding. He howled, and groveled at the feet of my teenage son. He was a sweet animal, he just had wolf habits. He killed one of my cats by shaking it violently before I could rescue it. He collected stuffed animals which he put in his "den", a junked vw car. He made the car his den by chewing a hole in the convertible roof. He also chewed up all of the seats and steering wheel. He was very destructive in that way. He chewed up a lot of things, including my sofa. The fact that he collected stuffed animals was amusing. They were one of the very few things he didn't chew up. The neighbors were always wary of him since I think they were afraid he would attack them or their children. This is the main reason I had to find a new home for him. A friend of mine who lived away from town took him. It was a better home for him than I was providing. I was just wondering if anyone else had wolf hybrids for pets, and how they dealt with their different characteristics. I really enjoyed my wolf, and I was sad to send him away.
• United States
8 Jun 09
Although there are many concerns associated with having a wolf hybrid, they can make excellent animals. They are very different to train them domesticated dogs, however, because of their lack of instinct to want to please their master. As long as the owner remains dominant, there really should be no worry about the animals turning on a person. Wolf hybrids vary greatly though depending largely on the breed that they are mixed with. For example, if you mix one with a chow...watch out! I have a pure wolf that was rescued from the wild...but I also have to have a permit to have him!
• United States
30 Jun 09
I had a hybrid and yes, you must get them when they are first weaned and haven't made up their minds about people, so to speak. I used a book on how a wolf pack interacts and you DO have to be dominant without being cruel. When I first got Leyla at 8 weeks old, she hid under the couch...and I reached in to pull her out..she snapped and nipped my hand. I pulled her out and did what any self respecting wolf would do to put her in her place...I growled and bit and shook her by the (literally) her neck. She never ever snapped at me again. If she got to rough playing with my teenage son...he'd hold her down by her neck...not choking her...but letting her feel the pressure. It helped greatly to know the socialization rituals of wolves...she was so smart...I swear she knew English. She lived in the house...until her first heat. Then she began 'denning' and we made her a place outside where it wouldn't matter if she dug. We were hoping my boyfriend's samoyan would breed her..but he was not tall enough and to old and winded to catch her...lol.
• United States
6 May 09
Oh we have a wolf pup. She's not a year old yet. There were 6 of them. My kids found them down in the woods, abandoned. We waited for a day or two before I would allow them to bring the pups home thinking their mother might return. She never did. She was probably killed. Anyhow, we nursed these pups and started giving them away, all but Lucy. Everyone who has one loves them to pieces. They are great with our children but do have the "den" thing going on. You can't leave anything around them, they are definitely thieves, but we love our Lucy and wouldn't dream of having to rehome her. BUT, we also live on 4 acres of ground. So she gets plenty of roaming time.