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HarleyTheGSD 01-22-2014 05:05 PM

Wolves and Domestic Dogs
How do wolves differ from domesticated dogs?
What are the cons of owning a wolf?
What are the pros (if there are any)?
What would one expect from a wolf from puppy-hood to adult-hood?

I'm not planning on owning a wolf, I'm simply curious.

marbury 01-22-2014 05:06 PM

HarleyTheGSD 01-22-2014 05:08 PM

Thank you for posting the link!
I just finished reading it and found that it was very helpful.

DutchKarin 01-22-2014 05:37 PM

New study out there indicates that dogs and wolves are more distant relatives than we thought.
Did dogs really evolve from wolves? New evidence suggests otherwise. -

HarleyTheGSD 01-22-2014 06:03 PM


Originally Posted by DutchKarin (Post 4885490)
New study out there indicates that dogs and wolves are more distant relatives than we thought.
Did dogs really evolve from wolves? New evidence suggests otherwise. -

That's a very interesting theory.

selzer 01-22-2014 06:07 PM

There are wild animals and domestic animals. There are cats that are the size of house cats, but are just wild. They do not lend themselves to domestication. African elephants are not domesticated. India elephants are, and can be used to work, and have been used for work for generations -- they are different.

Dogs cast their lot in with humans so many generations ago, that they are not very wolfish at all. When dogs were domesticated, people were much closer to the wild themselves. They lived off the land, and spent much time outdoors and with their dogs. They understood dogs, AND they did not confuse dogs with furry little children.

So many generations, centuries have passed since then, and people bred the dogs that exhibited the traits they needed -- hunting, herding, guarding, and bred out the traits that they could not live with -- aggression toward owner/family, extreme shyness. And over those years, the dogs evolved to critters that simply do not have much wild-animal in them.

To reintroduce wolves and dogs, I think it is criminal, it should be illegal. If you want size, mix in a mastiff breed. Surely you can find the traits you are looking for in dogs that already exist. High content wolf-dogs do not make good pets. They are independent, very shy, they have high prey drive, and are not very trainable. Probably a good percentage of them fail to live safely as a pet in our society, which means they are put down, or kept in strong kennels for the rest of their lives. I think it is a crappy thing to do to a wild thing.

David Winners 01-22-2014 07:08 PM

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Here is an interesting article.

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ladyb 01-22-2014 07:47 PM

I am terrified of them...when the kids were little, someone working at our home brought his "friendly" wolf-dog with him, he wouldn't hurt anyone..we went inside. Fast forward many years, I wouldn't let my very, very friendly puppy play with one...too much risk for me. I don't think I could ever rest wondering if the wolf-dog switch would flip...

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bill 01-22-2014 08:17 PM

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When in Rome!:D

NormanF 01-22-2014 09:00 PM

A wolf cannot be fully trusted around children and small animals because its prey drive is genetically encoded. That cannot be eliminated through socialization/training. At best it can be suppressed. A tame wolf will inevitably challenge its owner for dominance. Dogs do it too but in the end they know always know humans are the alpha in the family "pack." Wolves are not suitable as pets because a lot of work is required to produce in them the same degree of reliability seen in dogs. And they won't always obey human commands.

Dogs are the product of thousands of years of human breeding designed to produce animals completely dependent on us for their survival and who can actually tolerate the stresses of living in captivity. That will never happen with a wolf! It should be kept in the wild where it truly belongs. Trying to turn it into an imitation dog is a disservice to such a beautiful and powerful animal. A wolf may respect us but it will never love us unconditionally and show us the devotion of a dog.

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