canis lupus lupus x canis lupus familiaris

anonymous asked:

I just saw your recent ask about wolfdogs and you said that they weren't technically hybrids. Actually, they are hybrids. While dogs were domisticated from wolves many many many years ago, now they are considered two seperate species. Their latin names are different, as you probably know. Anything with the same number of chromosomes can hybridize, granted they are in the same family. Canis familiaris, dog, and Canis lupus, wolf, can make the wolfdog hybrid. Panthera leo + Panthera tigris = liger

No, they’re not. A hybrid is the offspring of two different species, for instance a crossing of a gray wolf (Canis lupus) and a coyote (Canis latrans).

Wolves and dogs are not two different species. The domestic dog is an extremely close relative of the gray wolf. They are only differing from wolves by at most 0.2% of mtDNA sequence. [x] The domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus), and therefore the same species.

The only way a wolf/dog cross could be called a hybrid, is when the wolf is from a different wolf species, such as the Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis).