! There's a common myth out there in regards to wolfdogs, that says these animals are confused or conflicted because their "wolf side" exists at odds with their "dog side", and that combing wolf and dog results in an unpredictable half-wild beast that could snap at any moment. This narrative is often perpetuated by anti-ownership groups to scare people away from wolfdogs. But fear tactics based on false information help no one. The truth is, wolfdogs act like (surprise!) wolfdogs, and they do not actually exhibit any one behavioral trait that domestic dogs do not. There are plenty of regular pooches out there with escape artist tendencies, high prey drive, neophobia, and/or resource guarding habits.
The thing that sets wolfdogs apart is the INTENSITY with which they exhibit these traits. The higher the wolf content, the more intense the primitive behaviors will be. You will NEVER find an upper-mid or high-content wolfdog (and likely not even a solid mid-content, either!) that acts "just" like a garden variety house pup. But these animals are not "unpredictable", nor are they experiencing some manner of eternal existential crisis due to their hybrid status.
The intensity of their behaviors can be quite startling for people who aren't used to it, no doubt, which is why we say that prior wolfdog experience is needed before allowing anyone to make an adoption of mid+ content animals through Pack West. These animals are NOT good pets, but they can be suitable companions in good, responsible homes.
For more information, visit www.packwestwolfdogrescue.org
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