Would you not adopt a wolf dog? Why not?
Here’s my opinion on it (I’ve copied this from my FAQ page):
- Why do you think it is not okay having high content wolfdogs as a pet?
I’m not fully against it, I’m more against the people who can’t handle them.
Almost every owner handles it in an irresponsible way. This mostly is a combination of owners not knowing how to handle them and purely just because of the fact that the hybrid still is a wild animal and just can’t be handles by ányone.
A fun way to show how the ‘wild’ part in the wolf can never be tamed by humans; in experiments they compared dogs raised with minimal human contact and wolves hand-raised by humans. The dogs still understood human body language better than the wolves did. Dogs have been bred to better co-operate with humans, wolves have not.
Also, the effort and time you have to put in hybrids is enormous. You also really need to know what you are doing when you have one as a pet. I think it would be a good idea to first get a ‘diploma’ that shows that you are capable of taking care of one (they actually should do that with whatever pet in my opinion, if I look at all the idiots who can’t handle an animal and therefore hurt themselves, their pet and people and animals around them).
By mixing wolf and dog, you probably won’t get the best of both worlds. There’s a high change the hybrid will get the wrong features from both. For example, you could get the aggressive part of wolves and the not-shyness of dogs. Or the territorial from wolves, which will make the hybrid wants to kill other animals. This is a big, uncontrollable risk.
Hybrids are confused, they don’t know if they should be acting on their wild or domestic instincts. And even if you get a good combination of both, it’s still wild, unpredictable, and also a really tough job in petting them that people usually underestimate or can’t handle. Let’s just not take the rist, and don’t mix these two animals.