Adoption Reality

Thinking of Buying a pup?

You say you’d like to buy a wolf hybrid pup because of perhaps one of the following reasons:

  1. Pups can be trained to be well-behaved.
  2. Only a pup will fit in with our current animals.
  3. We want an animal we can develop a bond to.
  4. We’d like a fresh start because our other older animal has gone and we miss it.
  5. We want accurate history of the genetic make up of the animal.
  6. We would like a pup so we can control how the wolf hybrids temperament will be after it is older.
  7. Getting a pup cuts down the risk of getting an animal with bad aggressive behavior.
  8. We don’t have any rescue’s facilities available so we couldn’t rescue a relinquished animal.


Now, read the following experience based information. This information is put forth as a common sense guide based on our results contending with the animals and owners who have relinquished their animals to the WHAR facility. The information is also intended to help people think carefully about what could be a 15 year decision.
1) Pups can be trained to be well-behaved

Although many people claim they can train their hybrid wolf to behave in most situations, what we have seen are animals with considerably less wolf content learning basic cooperation behaviors due to the owners taking the animal everywhere they go. The high to full content wolves seldom act in a predictable manner across the board. And while you can take them out consistently, most people are less then 50% confident of taking their high content animals into a crowd of strange people and or animals. Not that there is not exceptions: yes I know there are the very unique creatures out there that do most things a domestic dog would….but really why did you get a semi-wild animal only to dull it’s instinct down? Or perhaps your animal might not have as much wolf in it as you were quoted. Most training, especially by professional dog trainers, is geared to control rather then cooperation and respect. Cooperation and respect are core behavioral patterns of the more wild canines such as the wolf. Rarely to these animals want to be controlled, especially by harsh prong collars or electric tazer guns. Some people will not feel safe with their wolves without these methods. For those people, perhaps they should take on a more domesticated canine such as a German Shepherd.

2) Only a pup will fit in with our current animals

If your pack is so tight that only a pup will fit in maybe it’s better to leave your pack as it is. Tampering and intervening with a packs chosen order is to be reserved for drastic situations only. Remember also that this pup will soon grow up and it will expect it’s own position, fighting for it’s right to rule. Perhaps you are only putting off your problems until your pup is a young adult, and looking to reign. Then it’s only a matter of time until your pack is in chaos due in part to the presence of a semi-adult juvenile.

3) We want an animal we can develop a bond with

After placing many animals into new homes, this piece of thought is highly inaccurate. Although a bond develops more quickly between a human and a pup, it’s not the only way to develop a bond with a wolf mix animal or any canine for that matter-wild or domestic. The best way to bond with a canine of any age is to relate to it. Understand its limits, its demands, its hunger (for life, not for food), and most of all love it… unconditionally or love it like it loves you. The best example that I can think of to illustrate the proof for what I say is consider this: Native Americans and ancient Spaniards were the first to lure, domesticate and bond with wild canines, such a wolves and coyotes. These cultures learned to harmonize with wild canines and befriend them to their advantage. The animals which were befriended were usually adults… not pups! Many documentaries, and books of historical accounts exists recording the success of humans closely observing and bonding with wild wolves in the wolfs’ environment. There are also many current accounts of harmony in captive situations as well, as WHAR Wolf Rescue is one of those accounts. Therefore it is our first hand experience which provides us with proof that there is the ability, in a large degree to bond with adult canines as well as pups. We’ve reached success with numerous animals, adult in nature, developing bonds and sharing incredible experiences with many of our rescued animals.

4) We’d like a fresh start because our older animal has gone and we miss it

Buying a pup guarantees nothing. In particular your new pup most likely will be nothing like your beloved last one. We have had owners who relinquish their young animals because despite checking the records of a breeder they are left with an animal which is nothing like their previous hybrid wolf or wolves. Some may be too aggressive, others might not live well in the house, others might not get along with remaining pets such as cats. As a matter of fact, we strictly counsel people on planning to receive a new personality in each hybrid wolf they invite into their life. Keep in mind that each animal is unique-even litter mates can have very different attitudes from one and another. A professional breeder will tell you these same things, and although you want to have another perfect relationship with your new companion, keep in mind it might not be like your old pale. The advantage of getting an older animal is that you can hear about all of their habits (good and bad!) before you take it on. In the case of our rescue operation, if you and the animal don’t match after the trial period you can return it to us, no questions asked.

5) We want accurate history on the genetic makeup of the animal

Good luck. We have spoken with hundreds of people from all over the U.S. and most express disappointment in finding a breeder who keeps accurate blood line information. When a blood line in strictly intact and you can view the animals ancestors for at least three solid generations (on both sides!), the price can go way up-let’s say a $1000. Why? Due to most unprofessional breeders flooding the market with misinformation and misrepresented wolf hybrids(saying it’s 90% wolf when it’s a 50% Alaskan Malamute and 50% German Shepherd  ). All this selling of animals in irresponsible ways creates a desperate need for people to find something legitimate and documented. Additionally, most breeders are out of your area and then this creates a situation where the animal will need to be shipped via freight by plane-NO! Talk with any qualified animal behaviorist or wolf biologist and they will tell you “Starting a wolf’s life out sitting in a Vari Kennel a top the tarmac of some air port run way can only lead to problems in this new animals life.” Breeders who ship canines of any type via freight on a plane are not truly interested in the animals for which they produce instead they are interested in their cash flow.

6) We’d like a pup so we can control how its temperament will be when it’s older

Ah, there is that word, “control.” Realistically how much time are you willing to spend ensuring the consistent controlled behavior of your semi-wild canine? How many hours a day do you think it takes to mold these patterns? And then there is the factor about territory. Example: Our ambassador Tundra does well in outdoor situations. He likes park setting, wineries, and the beach. Guess what he does in the forest? That’s right, territorial animal in a semi-negative way. He will block pathways not letting people or animals pass. He will drag you off trail and into poison oak. And skunk…..what a tasty oily experience that was. All this from an animal who has done hundreds if not a thousand hours of exhibit work in many formats. Does his instinctive response make us nervous-NO!-It’s part of the surprise of owning an animal with wild instincts. It’s part of him taking some of the control and you having to go along for the ride. We love him for it and embrace it, can you?

7) Getting a pup cuts down the risk of getting an animal with bad, aggressive behavior

Are you an alpha human, do you run the show in your house or does your wife/husband? Why is that? While you are spending hours analyzing this question think momentarily about what decision a animals makes instantly to determine it’s position in your life. Your reaction to that behavior will determine how aggressive or passive it needs to be to get attention and affection. This is the same at any age. Actually you will argue a bit more with a pup then with a three year old. How much time do you have in your life daily for debating issues with a pup? Do you have the time to raise a strongly instinctive, independently minded, often distracted canine that sees minimal point in your control commands or fetching games? Thus all of these animals are prone to aggressive behavior-it’s their nature and that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s harmful. We humans can be aggressive without hurting anyone, (take driving for example!) so is the same with hybrid and full blood wolves. Most of the aggression depends on how well you are listening to your canine and interpreting its needs. Be it a pup or adult makes no difference in it’s needs for care, attention and support, those requirements are the same at any age.

8) We don’t have any rescue facilities available so we couldn’t rescue a relinquished animal

You’re in luck! We travel and so do other rescue organizations. We cooperate with other canine rescue facilities that are willing to travel between states, counties, and jurisdictions. By the time you spend a $1000 dollars to ship a pup via air freight from Florida you could rescue an animal for the same amount and it would be brought to you in most cases by caring outstanding folks who made sure loving care was given as the animal was trucked from state to state. Think about your options carefully. Many animals both young and old need help and a new home and this I tell you across all blood lines not just toward wolf hybrids. Look up what local animal rescue’s you do have and see if you can make a love connection there. Talk with local pet sitters and kennels, these people always know of animals in need of new homes. If you have a local humane society or SPCA you probably won’t find wolves there but they might know of local resources or semi-local. Whatever you do please try to rescue an abandoned animal especially if it is a wolf hybrid!!

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