As Wolf Hybrids have become more popular as pets, the number of people attacked and killed by Wolf Hybrids continues to rise each year, earning them a solid position on the “Top 10 Dangerous Dog Breed Lists.”
About Wolf Hybrids
There is no official breed of “wolf hybrid.”¬† This canine is a combination of a wolf and a domesticated dog breed and there are many different mixes used to create hybrids.
Wolf hybrid puppies may inherit some of the more desirable traits of the dog it is bred with, but they also retain much of their “wolf” genes making them at least part wild animal.
In some states, wolf hybrids are illegal, and rightly so. They never make good household pets, especially when there are other animals or children in the household and require a competent, experienced owner.
Personality and Traits
All wolf hybrids tend to behave as wolves naturally behave in the wild in ways that make them difficult to handle and train.¬† They tend to be shy, skittish and distrustful.¬† They do not do well with obedience training and often require modified training approaches.
Wolf hybrids tend to become more territorial as they age.¬† Younger hybrids can seem more dog-like, but beginning at about 18 months of age the wolf begins to show itself in more ways and may become aggressive while protecting their property or “pack.”
According to DogBreedInfo.com, “Young wolves act more like the common dog as they have not developed into maturity. As a wolf grows out of its adolescents, its hormonal system reaches maturity and it will begin to exhibit all of the typical behaviors of the wolf.”
Statistically, wolf hybrids represent one of the smallest group in the dog population in the United States.¬† However, wolf hybrids have killed 19 people in a 10-year period making them statistically one of the most dangerous dogs in captivity.
Wolf hybrids are especially dangerous to children because of a strong “prey-drive” instinct. Fast or sudden movement, or running, skipping and jumping by small children and other animals can trigger an instinctive hunting instinct. This instinct tends to be stronger in wolf hybrids but is not unique to wolf mixes; a strong prey drive can be seen in pure bred dogs as well as mixed breed dogs and may depend on the individual animal as much as a breed in general.
Prey drive is largely inherited, and if any dog exhibits this trait, care should be taken to ensure adequate supervision around children and other animals at all times.