The Wolfdog: Own A Real-Life Game Of Thrones Dire Wolf

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Wolves are already well known in popular culture; Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, Werewolves, Dire Wolves, etc.

But have you ever considered waking up to one everyday? Would it be unnerving or awesome? Maybe there is a compromise though: the wolfdog.

The first record of a wolfdog in British history dates back to the 18th century when, to put it bluntly, a wolf had sex with a Pomeranian. How they achieved this, we can’t say, but well done to those frisky canines for doing it.

Anyway, the result was a hybrid of wolf and dog with a 1% difference in DNA which is less even than the difference between humans and apes. That said, the wolf side tends to play a more dominant role in the average wolfdog, which means a more demanding, busy canine for the prospective owner.

It’s a lot like how the ape side of humans increasingly takes control in today’s politics, if you will, or at least in the cases of a certain US President elect or even Nigel Farage, for that matter.

This is a special breed and definitely not for the faint of heart though. Firstly, there are some grey areas when it comes to legal ownership and, secondly, there are a list of requirements to ensure wolfdog and owner bond as they should – this is man”s best friend after all.

Above all they need trust, guidance and respect. So don’t take them to the pub to show your mates, because it will only end in tears.

Training a wolfdog also depends on the “content level”. If you have a pooch with more dog DNA than wolf then it’s pretty standard fare, however if your howler is more wolf than dog—well it’s a little different.

According to biologist Kathryn Lord, “socialising a dog with a human or a horse only takes 90 minutes of introduction between the ages of four and eight weeks. After that, a dog usually has little fear of humans. But with a wolf pup, achieving even close to the same fear reduction requires 24-hour contact starting before age three weeks, and even then you won’t get the same attachment or lack of fear.”

Despite all of this, it definitely still can be done and advocates consider wolfdogs great and loving pets once you do your research and give them a life based on their needs.

If you’re interested in adopting or fostering a wolf dog, check out UK based WolfDog Rescue for more information. In the meantime, take a look at these big bad wolf dog Instagram stars:

Loki, You’re Ferosh

 

Wolf Circle Of Trust 

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Crying Wolf Never Sounded So Good 

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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.