anonymous asked:

i know it's always said that people don't breed wolves to dogs anymore and they breed them to wolfdogs, but do you have any pictures of 50/50 wolfdogs? i'd really like to see that

I don’t have very many images because its not done very often but I do have some. It’s also nice to know that F1(first generation) pairings are the only acceptable time to describe wolf content in terms of percentages/fractions, as an F1 puppy has received exactly half of his genetic material from his mother’s side, and exactly half from his dad’s side.  These animals are the true standard for “50%” wolf.

When it comes to creating wolfdogs, most breeders chose domestic dogs that are already very wolf-like in appearance: Their go-to breeds are Husky, Malamute, and German shepherd. It is highly uncommon for wolfdogs to be intentionally crossed with any other breed, as most other breeds produce less wolfy-looking wolfdogs. And the wolfier a wolfdog looks, the more it’s worth to buyers and breeders alike.

Here are some first generation wolf/dog crosses:

Labrador cross

German shepherd cross

Malamute cross

and lastly a poodle cross

glittereh asked:

Do you know any more about those poodle-wolf crosses? Were they purposeful or an accident?

I don’t have a lot of info on them but I do know they were a Russian experiment. Definitely not something you’d normally see. They are a good example of a wolfdog with folded ears as this is not a common thing because wolfdogs are not usually bred with dogs that have folded ears. Breeders tend to stick with “wolfy” looking dogs such as huskies/malamutes/german shepherds, but this shows that it is possible to have folded ears, just very unlikely given the breeding norms.

Most of the time, odd breed mixes are the result of wolfdog/dog pairings, and rarely ever involve a pure wolf parent. It is highly uncommon for breeders to even own a pure wolf in this day and age and in many places, it is illegal to do so. Those rare few individuals who do own pure wolves for wolfdog breeding purposes will virtually never cross their animals with pure domestic dogs. This debunks claims of “my dog is half wolf and half beagle, mastiff, rottweiler, etc.” right off the bat. The first-generation poodle/wolf offspring share some wolfy characteristics and some doggy ones, and while the animals may not look as wolfy as the wolf/malamute cross I showed, the wolf content is still very much present and unmistakable. Nobody could pass them animals off as “just” dogs. 

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