A majestic hybrid with a wild spirit
The American Wolfdog, also known as the Wolf Hybrid, is a cross between a dog and a wolf. This unique breed is known for its wolf-like appearance and powerful nature. It is important to note that the American Wolfdog is not a breed for everyone. It requires an experienced owner who understands how to handle and train this special and challenging hybrid.
The American Wolfdog is the result of crossbreeding between different dog breeds and wolves, usually gray wolves, but also other wolf species. These crossings have occurred both naturally and through human intervention. The exact origin is difficult to trace because hybridization has taken place over a long period of time. The American Wolfdog is not widely recognized by many kennel clubs due to its hybrid status.
Traits and Temperament
American Wolfdogs are known to be intelligent, loyal and possess a strong pack instinct. They can be independent, which can make training challenging. Wolfdogs are also very active and require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Their behavior can vary greatly depending on the proportion of wolf and dog in their genetics.
American Wolfdogs vary greatly in size depending on specific genetic lines, but they are generally a large to very large breed. They can weigh between 30 and 70 kg and often measure 65 to 90 cm at the withers.
Appearance and Coat
With its wolf-like build, pointed ears and yellow eyes, the American Wolfdog has a very distinctive appearance. Their fur is usually thick and can be short or long, depending on the specific genetic mix. They come in a variety of colors including white, black, grey, brown and tan.
How much fur does an American Wolfdog shed?
American Wolfdogs can shed quite a lot, especially in the spring and fall when they shed their fur. They require regular brushing to manage shedding and keep their coat in good condition.
Are American Wolfdogs Family Friendly?
American Wolfdogs can be friendly and loyal to their owners, but due to their wolf heritage, they can be reserved or unfriendly to strangers. They have strong herd instincts and can be protective of their family members. They are best suited for households without small children or other small pets.
Acquiring an American Wolfdog
Getting an American Wolfdog is a big commitment that requires a lot of time, patience and understanding. These dogs need an owner who is knowledgeable about the breed's needs and prepared to accommodate them. It is important to only buy from responsible breeders who can prove they follow health and welfare guidelines.
How many American Wolfdogs are there in Sweden?
In Sweden, there are 314 registered American Wolfdogs as of 2022-12-31.