You'd have a lot of blowing coat, but colors don't change after adulthood. And you'd have a Wolfdog. Right now most of the animals at Full Moon Farm are blowing coat. I groomed Oengus....mostly Malamute and maybe a touch of Shepherd and Wolf. Save hair for sending off and getting woven into something. I could have groomed and removed hair for an hour......
The term hybrid means they can't reproduce....and BOY CAN THEY REPRODUCE. The wolf and dog have been placed in the same genus ( did I use the right spelling) for some time.
One of the defining characteristics of a "hybrid" animal is sterility. Conversely, a defining characteristic of specieshood is the ability to produce fertile young. If two individuals can breed and create a fertile offspring, they are by definition of the same species.
Horse + donkey = mule (hybrid, sterile)
Dog + wolf = wolf dog (not a technical hybrid, because they can reproduce)
I'm not sure that brief dictionary listing includes everything you might want to know about hybridization. If you want to know more, this wiki article is a bit more complete, and will explain that the preponderance of animal hybrids are, indeed, sterile.
Every example listed at this site of "examples of hybrid animals" are sterile, with the exception of "dog hybrids" used as a term for cross-breeding of dogs. But I don't know of anyone (scientific or otherwise) who uses the term "hybrid" to talk about the offspring of two different dog breeds.
Well, it's a little more complicated than that. Hybrids may or may not be fertile. In plants hybridization is actually quite common. In animals, it really depends on the species involved:
Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2007 Dec;17(6):513-8.
A genomic view of introgression and hybrid speciation.
Baack EJ, Rieseberg LH.
Hybridization in plants and animals is more common and has more complex outcomes than previously realized. Genome-wide analyses of introgression in organisms ranging from oaks to sunflowers to fruit flies show that a substantial fraction of their genomes are permeable to alleles from related species. Hybridization can lead to rapid genomic changes, including chromosomal rearrangements, genome expansion, differential gene expression, and gene silencing, some of which are mediated by transposable elements. These genomic changes may lead to beneficial new phenotypes, and selection for fertility and ecological traits may in turn alter genome structure. Dramatic increases in the availability of genomic tools will produce a new understanding of the genetic nature of species and will resolve a century-old debate over the basis of hybrid vigor, while the natural recombinants found in hybrid zones will permit genetic mapping of species differences and reproductive barriers in nonmodel organisms.
A quick look on Medline came up with hybridization among apes of different genus (one step higher than species). Animal hybrids occur in the wild and can be fertile. I really can't guess how common it is.
Well there you go. I cannot argue with the dictionary.
Where I come from, when people are talking about hybrid animals we aren't talking about fruit flies, sunflowers, or any of the other "exceptions to the rule." it's not meaningful to split semantic hairs with you or the dictionary. I understand the generally accepted and commonly used meaning of hybrid. And now you do too.
While I won't presume to state what people "understand" I will add this. In the wild hybrids of polar bears and grizzlies have been found. They are different species but the resulting offspring is not sterile. Hybrids of lynxes and bobcats have also been found neither are they sterile. So yes, it depends as MaryJane said and is not carved in stone to be completely "understood" to be any one thing or another. Hybrid merely means a cross of one thing and another. Anything beyond that is incidental.
Hey everybody! This is my new dog Koda, someone told me that they’ve never seen a Shepherd like this before and that there’s no way he’s a shepherd. The only real way to know is if I have him properly DNA tested, but what do you guys think? His coat isn’t necessarily long, but it is fluffy and...
I've had a problem where I can't get my 1 and half year old, female GSD to relieve herself outside with ample time. She usually will go to the restroom sooner than later outside but sometimes she seems to hold it in. My past dogs have all been male and you could take them out and tell them to...
Hey, I haven't seen any lighthearted threads lately, so the quirk thread came to mind. Why don't we all list a couple or our dogs' quirks or funny personalities that we notice. I might be fun, and i would love to see what some of your other dogs are like. Here's two of Kias's quirks:
I have a 7yo white shepherd that we adopted when he was around 1. He’ll be laying down, even asleep sometimes, and then he will jump up and be terrified, shaking, tail tucked, and pressing himself against us as tight as possible. I don’t understand it at all. He is scared of loud noises, but...
I am adding a second dog (female puppy, 8 weeks) and anxious my male (3 year old, neutered) will not take to her as he is used to being the only dog. In the past he has always shown interest and been sweet to puppies, but I can't help but worry he will be jealous? I am hoping his instincts will...