All high contents are born dark grey/brown (with the exception of Black Phases). Nova is a good example, brown little pup turning into a white colored adult. Her father is white as well, her mother is grey. Nova has a white and grey sibling as well.
Wow what an interesting face!
Nova is such a beautiful pup!
Summoning naturepunk, is this actually a wolfdog, you think? I remember that post of your’s about Jude and the wild rat; kinda dubious about interactions with a kitten.
If it is a wolfdog, it’s a very low-content one. I see a lot of dog traits - husky markings and paws, large GSD ears and dark GSD eyes, a curled tail, a dog-like gait, etc. His only wolfy traits are his cheek ruffs, but those can be a dog trait, too, depending on what else is in the mix.
As for the behavior - this seems more like something known as ‘resource guarding’. He is ‘claiming’ the kitten as his, not because he has any manner of affection for it, but likely because it’s entertaining for him; it’s a toy.
In the 3rd GIF down, he mouths at it experimentally before picking it up with a very slight predatory shake of his head, and walks away from the camera-person, still bobbing the kitten up and down. He then puts the kitten between his paws as any dog would a chew-toy. And when the camera-person approaches him, his reaction is to move forward in a low-postured, menacing manner, completely with a lip-lick synonymous with a threat/stress display, as if he is warning, “Back up! This toy is mine!”
I could easily see this behavior escalating into a dangerous situation for the kitten, the dog’s humans, and for the dog - especially since they have dropped the “wolfdog bomb” on him.
Videos like this make me feel very uncomfortable, for a myriad of different reasons, and it’s unfortunate that so many people, who don’t know any better, misconstrue it as “cute” or “funny”.
Photos of Kenobi as well as photos of his parents.
It’s great that you guys are taking such great care of this animal. But again, I am concerned with the fact that you think he is “88%” wolf, especially after seeing his parents. They appear to be low-content animals at best, and have a LOT of dog traits, which, to most experience wolfdog owners, are very easy to make out: Large sparsely-furred ears, dropped jowls, pronounced stops to their skulls, etc. A true high-content wolfdog will look almost indistinguishable from a pure wild wolf. And Kenobi, like his parents, while beautiful, looks more like a dog than anything else.
Catlike claws and long legs are not, on their own, wolf traits. And I have no idea what you mean by saying he’s got “extra canine teeth” in your previous post - that sounds like a dental problem more than anything else.
As for the vet and shelter saying he’s “88% wolf” - vets will always go off what the owners claim, and are generally very bad at identifying breeds (one vet asked if my purebred sable German shepherd was a Belgian malinois). Likewise, there is no official registry for wolfdogs. You can get them “papered” by the Continental Kennel Club, but it’s a well-known fact in the dog world that the CKC is a scam registry often used by backyard breeders who want to *seem* legitimate.
On the same note, it’s generally considered a taboo by the wolfdog community to describe a wolfdog’s content with either percentage or fractions, as genetics vary greatly. The correct term is “content”. You can read more on that HERE.
I noted that in your previous post, you also mentioned:
“Also, I know he is not at the size he should be. He went into wolf shock shortly after we got him home. He became so ill that we almost lost him.
He fought for his life for 2 weeks before finally making a full recovery. During these two weeks he wouldn’t eat or drink.
This put him behind and caused him to be smaller than your typical wolf.”
I have no idea what “wolf shock” is, but it sounds to me like you’re making excuses at this point. The images I provided in my last post show a very clear difference between Kenobi and actual verified high-content wolfdogs. Likewise, a real high-content wolfdog will almost certainly require special containment solutions (I see that all you have is a wooden privacy fence), private property on which to roam, and specialized veterinary care (and if your vet thinks that he’s “88%” wolf, they are clearly not well-versed in wolfdog applications).
But, for good measure, I’d like to share this post with some other folks in the wolfdog community. non-wolfdogs and yourdogisnotawolf will likely be able to give some additional information, and I’d like to share this with the Real Wolfdog Facebook page. Someone might recognize the lines the parents came from, as they do look to have *some* wolf content (but again - not much), to give you a bit more insight.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!
This was all worded perfectly by naturepunk and I cannot think of something else to add! I do agree that the parents appear to be very low-content wolfdogs so your pup could be a very low-content but it’s no where near a high-content wolfdog (like your 88% suggests).
“I got both of them from local shelters. When I got her in 2006, the staff told me she was a shepherd husky. I go to the dog park, I’m meeting people with shepherd husky mixes, and they look nothing like her. I get in my car, I’m driving, I look in the rearview mirror, I see these eyes and I’m like, I’ve got a wolf in my car. Then, when she was 10-months old, there was a shepherd breeder and trainer in the dog park, and at the end of the lesson, the trainer came up to me and asked, ‘What kind of dog is that?’ And I’m thinking, Shepherd husky. You should know, you are a breeder. She said, ‘That’s a wolf.’”
Thats mildly hilarious
This…really isn’t good though. A shelter should have at least one person on site who can tell if a dog has wolf content. They have different needs than full blooded dogs do and (iirc) are less tame, less patient with human nonsense, etc.
How is this level of fail possible? Didn’t they take her to a vet?
paging yourdogisnotawolf because the number of people who believe that huskie/GSD mixes are wolves is too high.
(if it was a high contend wolf dog you could absolutely tell from the behaviour BECAUSE BREEDING A WILD AND A DOMESTICATED ANIMAL DOES NOT GIVE YOU A DOMESTICATED ANIMAL. Personal guess: these aren’t wolves and OP is just rolling in the notes)
I don’t see any wolf content in either of these animals. They both appear to be very overweight husky/GSD mixes.
Risky is a German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix (no wolf) up for adoption in Irvine, California.
Know of a wolfy-looking dog or wolfdog in need of a home? Submit to us!
This is a Belgian Groenendael (Belgian Shepherd), not a wolfdog.
I post a lot of dogs that are not wolfdogs, so here are a few REAL wolfdogs for you enjoyment. Top pup is a low, middle is a mid, and bottom is a high content wolfdog. Click photos for photographer credits.
I love that middle one. What an incredible face.
Yep! Those are wolfdogs for sure!
Minus the German Shepherd, Akita and Nala the mix, all of the animals on there appear to be wolfdogs. Of course I didn’t study every single image for 10 minutes so when there’s one more that isn’t I’m going to get a nasty message but that’s fine.
They have some beautiful animals though!
Wolvinhearts2 is a volunteer at Howling Woods Farm (a wolfdog sanctuary/rescue) in Jackson, New Jersey. All of the animals you see are rescues, and most of them are wolfdogs (they still acquire some Huskies/GSDs/dog mixes every now and again).
Many of these (wolf)dogs are also up for adoption.
I wanted to share non-wolfdog’s addition to this post!
If you had taken the time to read any of my past posts, you would see that I explain why an animal is not a wolfdog quite often when people disagree but on simple things, I don’t see any reason to go into that much detail.
I don’t see why stating a fact is being curt, they’re just facts. People should not have to sugar coat facts because people don’t like being wrong…
Information is neutral, it’s how you choose to receive it.
I don’t understand it either but it’s a given thing that most people don’t like being corrected so it’s something that we just have to live with.
At least it appears that there are more people being supportive of spreading facts than those who get upset over them =]
This is not a wolf, this is a long haired German Shepherd.
Bear is a Siberian Husky/Chow Chow mix (no wolf) up for adoption in Mandan, North Dakota.
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Such a handsome boy! I’d take him home if I could.