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Demon is a Siberian Husky / Wolf mix shown here at 2 years old
A Wolf Hybrid can be quite skittish and does not respond well to inanimate objects, fast motion, loud noises or new people. It requires much patience. Training is not for the weak and serious consideration should be given prior to obtaining a Wolf Hybrid, as it requires firm, consistent training and ample space to roam. If there's something you find foul and offensive you can bet a wolfdog will roll happily in it and coat itself in the funk! It is not until a Wolf Hybrid is about 18 months of age that it will start showing signs of the wolf. Wolves younger than 18 months of age are adolescents; they are playful and adaptable. They take directions readily and can bond with other species. Young wolves act more like the common dog as they have not developed into maturity. As a wolf grows out of its adolescence, its hormonal system reaches maturity and it will begin to exhibit all of the typical behaviors of the wolf.
As of about 1990 the correct term for a mix of a wolf and a domestic dog is “wolfdog.” The dog was reclassified as a sub-species of wolf (canis lupus familiaris) and as such, it is impossible to have a hybrid as they are two of the same species. Although technically incorrect, the term "hybrid" is still used by many, particularly when it comes to mixing two purebred domestic dogs.
It was brought to our attention by some wolfdog fanciers that there are many animals out there that are claimed to be wolfdogs, but are actually Nordic-type dog mixes. Apparently some are pictured inside this section. We made the decision to keep this wolf hybrid section as a comparison with the dogs that have been proven to be true wolfdogs. You can see some examples at Non-Wolfdogs: Mistaken Identity.
The Dog Breed Info Center® is not claiming the dogs in this section are not true wolfdogs. We would like you to do your own comparison between this wolf hybrid section and our proven wolfdog section. There are many dogs in shelters that are killed because they look like wolves when they are actually a Nordic-type dog, such as a Husky or Malamute mix. Falsely labeling animals as wolfdogs in shelters can be detrimental. Nordic dogs are being killed and wolfdogs are not going to the proper rescues where there are people who know how to deal with them.
The Wolf Hybrid is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between a domestic dog and a wolf. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Anyone owning a Wolf Hybrid should read these two pages: Top Dog and Establishing and Keeping Alpha Position, and MUST understand dog/wolf psychology and be willing to follow it. This hybrid is not recommended for most people.
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
"I first met Charlie, my Siberian Husky / Timber Wolf mix at a homeless shelter for youth. Charlie needed a foster home so that his owner could focus on getting his own life on track (his owner has since reunited with his human family). Charlie was born in Alaska and was brought to the southwest. His paws are extremely sensitive to our heat. When I first encountered him he was a 4-year-old male with the typical wolf trait of timidity around strangers and had more of a nonchalant attitude toward people. He has the typical long-legged body, a double coat that sheds constantly, and thick fur on his shoulders and hind legs that becomes very exaggerated when he is disturbed. He has one blue eye that helps show off his Siberian Husky physical traits. His webbed feet give him an agility that he displays over my other dogs when I take them up north to play in the snow—he seems to run on top of the snow (and loves to make snow-angels) while the rest must trudge through it.