Can you own a wolf dog in PA? A Step-by-Step Guide

The pros and cons of owning wolf hybrids

Wolf hybrids are a popular choice for many people looking for a non-traditional pet, but there are pros and cons to owning one of these animals.

On the plus side, wolf hybrids are often very loyal and bonded to their owners, and can make excellent pets. They are also generally healthy animals with few health problems. On the downside, however, wolf hybrids can be difficult to house train and often have a high prey drive. They can also be aggressive towards other animals and even people, which can make them a danger to both themselves and others.

Before making the decision to own a wolf hybrid, it is important to do your research and understand both the pros and cons of doing so.

Why are people interested in owning wolf hybrids?

People are interested in owning wolf hybrids for a variety of reasons. Some people want a pet that is “exotic” or different from the average dog. Others appreciate the wolf-like appearance of these animals and find them to be aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, some people believe that owning a wolf hybrid confers upon them a certain level of prestige or status.

Is It Safe To Own a Wolfdog?

Due to the genetic variation among a litter, it will be hard for you to predict what kind of look or behavior you’d get in your wolf dog. So, it makes sense that some people would question the safety of bringing a hybrid into their home.

It is entirely possible for someone to end up with an animal that is not nearly as domesticated, and you might have a hard time controlling it. Therefore, think carefully about the breeds you use if you are interested in owning a wolfdog. More often than not, people will combine them with German shepherds, Siberian huskies, and Malamutes, but the breed can have a dramatic impact on the outcome.

It is the opinion of WolfPaws.Org that wolfdog hybrids do not make good pets. The National Wolfdog Alliance reports that over 65% of these animals end up in rescue situations or are euthanized because the owners were overwhelmed.

Some issues owners may have include

  • Escape. Hybrids can be “escape artists” and need special containment structures because they can jump eight-foot-tall fences, dig holes under fences, and open cage doors.
  • Socialization. Without proper exposure to social constructs, their behavior can become skittish and unpredictable, meaning they can’t be left alone.
  • Retreat. Some people invest in these animals with the hope that they are great guard dogs, but they tend to have the instinct to retreat.
  • Independent Nature. They are not easily trainable like most dog breeds and do not care to please humans like domestic dogs.
  • Prey Instinct. Their prey instinct is very, very strong and could easily be triggered by small animals and children.
  • With all animals, there are some situations where they make a good pet, but unless the owner is willing to take the time and dedicate the attention they require, things can go awry.

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