Living With a Low-Content Wolf Dog
Although the percentage of wolf DNA is lower than in high-content wolf dogs, low-content wolf dogs are still a far cry from a domesticated dog.
Owners will still need to make certain adjustments to their lives and should not expect their new pet to behave exactly as an ordinary dog would.
Low-content wolf dogs are technically, at the biological level, more dog than wolf, so their appearance often tends to be more like a dog in many ways.
However, occasionally a low-content wolf dog has an unusually strong wolf-like appearance. It really depends on how the genes interplay and are expressed in each individual.
Low-content wolf dogs with a wolf-like appearance and a dog-like personality are some of the most sought-after wolf dogs as they can sometimes do well in family homes while still looking remarkably like wolves.
Most low-content wolf dogs will have distinct dog-like features and will more closely resemble a dog, unlike the high-content wolf dogs who are often nearly identical to wolves.
Low-content wolf dogs may have finer guard hairs, and the individual hairs might not show as much color variation as wolf dogs with a higher content of wolf.
In some cases, the coloration may show distinct markings such as the black saddle of a German Shepherd, which gives a clue as to the type of dog used in breeding.
A thick undercoat is to be expected.
Wolves have much longer snouts than dogs. This is one of the first differences noted when comparing low-content wolf dogs to high-content animals.
Low-content wolf dogs rarely have the distinctive, long snout of a wolf.
Lower content wolf dogs may also be more likely to have a pink nose whereas higher content wolf dogs almost always have black noses.
Low-content wolf dogs may have a tail more like their dog ancestor, so it might be tightly curled like a Husky’s or carried low like that of a Shepherd mix.
Wolves are known for their piercing light-colored, often amber eyes. Low-content wolf dogs are much less likely to inherit these stunning eyes and more likely to have dark brown or blue eyes like a domestic dog.
Are Low-Content Wolf Dogs Safe With Other Dogs?
Most low-content wolf dogs love the company of other dogs. After all, dogs and wolves are both naturally social.
That said, the tendency to seek out dominance can make wolf dogs reactive to even other dogs that they have played well with for years.
Furthermore, because low-content wolf dogs tend to have a very high prey drive, they may see smaller dogs as prey.
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