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Posted by u/ArtsyVagabond 1 day
First of all, what amazing progress!!! That’s so impressive! Secondly, your leggings are amazing! Are they good quality? If so, where did you get them??
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Posted by u/melissakate8 4 days
Ask and you shall [receive.](https://imgur.com/a/C9Cn6BD)
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Posted by u/lancetheofficial 6 days
Beautiful!
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Posted by u/chriswestra88 6 days
Do you have a partner that would assist in animal care? If not, do you mind if I inquire as to what draws you towards wolfdogs? Wolfdogs, regardless of what type, are not usually a good fit for a 9-6 lifestyle. I don’t have much experience with Czechs or Sarloos, but I do know a fair amount about Tamaskans. Of the three, they are my favorite of the low content wolfalike breeds. However, as others have mentioned, they are a very, very new breed and are still in development. Because of this, there isn’t as much consistency in the animals as long term breeds, but a dog within the breed standards would be confident, biddable, and anywhere between 0-30% wolf. The breed average is 10-15%, although there are breeders producing no contents and up towards 30%. Behavior will depend on the line / outcrosses. Overall, they’re a very beautiful animal and seem to be doing fairly well.
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Posted by u/NachoWolfy 6 days
Absolutely breathtaking! Love that narrow chest and those long legs
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Posted by u/PM-Me-Ur-Gore 1 week
She’s so stunning
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Posted by u/ClownfishSoup 1 week
I didn’t, thank you for sharing! My father and brother are both history lovers and I’ve never heard these before - hopefully I can pleasantly surprise them with some new fun facts!
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Posted by u/fabrab91 1 week
Abigail at Darkwood Dog Training is one of the best in town. She’s a balanced trainer and has several animals that do media work they’re so well trained.
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Posted by u/ClownfishSoup 1 week
I was prepared to comment “there’s an airport in my city named after her” before I read your entire comment. Thanks for sharing this info- I never knew the origin of the name before!
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Posted by u/Hot-Company-8825 1 week
Embark is the only DNA test on the consumer market that can accurately ID wolf content in an animal. If you would like us to phenotype your dog (which is not as accurate as DNA testing, but could help a wee bit) please provide photos. Helpful photos for a more accurate pheno would include a stacked photo, photo of the head straight on, a side view, walking pics, full body shots, etc.
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Posted by u/purplethrowaway14 1 week
Woooow!! You are goals!!
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Posted by u/hemdjeans15 1 week
Random, but could you explain Hetero-asexual girl? I’ve been struggling to define my sexuality for a long time and that struck a chord- like that might be it or really close. I’d love to hear more about what that means for you if you don’t mind sharing?
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Posted by u/EaseNo5250 1 week
Neat! How will this group differ from the Wolfdog Behavior + Management group?
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 week
They’re all photos of the same animal :)
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Posted by u/Rurnur 1 week
!RemindMe 4 days
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 week
I’m very pro making Reddit friends! I met one of my dearest friends on Reddit a couple years ago and just this week we sent one another care packages from our regions.
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 week
Absolutely- bad owners and bad breeders are a huge issue in the wolfdog community. Wolfdogs are not, in any sense of the word, a good pet. They are rewarding companions, but ultimately only a very small percentage of homes are a good fit for these animals. I’ve found that most successful wolfdog owners are willing to have their whole lives revolve around these creatures, anything less isn’t enough.
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Posted by u/fabbzinator 1 week
Someone looks happy with that surprise!
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Posted by u/NachoWolfy 1 week
Look at those long, long legs!
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 week
Great question! The short answer: Wolves and dogs are the same species, so they are capable of reproducing with one another. However, an overwhelming majority of wolfdogs are the result of multigenerational wolfdog x wolfdog pairings. Wolfdogs are almost always intentionally bred and the claims to having a dog who was sired by a wild wolf are (99.9% of the time) either lies or incorrect. (This is because high content wolfdogs and pure wolves are infertile most of the year and are only capable of producing puppies in the early Spring.) The longer answer: In America, the origins can be traced back to the fur farming/trading days. A vast majority of wolfdogs nowadays are long removed from anything pure/wild. There are a handful of breeding programs that have pures, but that's very uncommon. Most of the time you hear about someone saying they have a "half wolf half husky" or anything of the like, it's usually a misrepresented northern breed mix with little to no wolf ancestry in its line. Heck, even most people claiming to have a wolfdog usually have an animal that's misrepresented in some way- it's a huge issue in the wolfdog community. Wolfdogs are typically divided into three categories: low content, mid content, and high content. These terms help identify whether an animal is genetically mostly dog with a little bit of wolf (a low content = low amount of wolf genes), whether an animal is genetically about half and half (mid content), or whether an animal is genetically mostly wolf with a little bit of dog (high content). When you're thinking of an animal decades removed from anything pure or wild, you might ask "how is it possible to have a high content that isn't close to its wild ancestors?" The answer is through selective breeding with other high content animals. Basically, think of the content levels loosely as breeds. You can breed highs together, mids to lows, highs to pure dogs, and everything in between since they are the same species.
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 week
She definitely has less of an undercoat during the summer. However, the top two photos were taken during the winter + the bottom left photo was taken during the summer, so you can see there’s still a significant difference :)
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 week
Excellent question! Yes and no. Wolfdogs, in general, take a bit longer to fully develop/mature than regular dogs. It's not uncommon for them to get fuller as they age. I do think this plays a part in how she's developed. However, Nymeria is special needs with a disease called Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, or EPI for short. EPI is fairly nuanced, but it basically means she is incapable of digesting food on her own and requires special food, medications, and enzymes to live. When we rescued her, her foster mama had her EPI moderately stable, but hadn't found the right food/medication/enzyme combination to get her completely stable. Through more trial and error, my husband and I found the combo that works for her right now and she's very stable! She's been stable for about two years, so that definitely has a large part to play in her development, as well.
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 week
She does look wolf-ish! However she’s still quite aesthetically different from an animal that’s genetically mostly wolf. [Here are some pics of her next to a high content wolfdog for comparison!](https://imgur.com/a/GDpB4KI)
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 week
[She sure is :) ](https://imgur.com/a/fK99mwH)
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 week
She was! She came with the name, but my other dog is named Arya (Nymeria’s owner in GoT. She’s also a rescue that came with the name) so it certainly felt kismet.
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 week
That is music to my ears, thank you!
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 week
Thank you! Yes, she is a low content wolfdog. (Fancy way of saying she’s genetically more dog than wolf).
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Posted by u/Ravetti 1 week
That is so awesome to hear! I’m located in TN, so that’s not too far away. Keep us posted once you start doing educational work- I’d love to come support you at some point!
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Posted by u/Srous226 1 week
That’s the most passionate “yes” I’ve ever heard
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Posted by u/Ravetti 1 week
That is so awesome! Do you mind me asking what part of the country you're in? I would love to see Tibbi in any events once y'all start doing them!
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Posted by u/Ravetti 1 week
He is so handsome! What sort of Ambassador work are you guys wanting to do?
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Posted by u/foxy_kitten 1 week
I recommend taking a breath and re-reading my comment. I understand this is a lot of new and disappointing information that you are taking in and that it must be emotional to deal with. However, a matter of fact response is not rude- the tone of my second comment is very much in line with my first comment. I apologize if my comments came off as harsh, as it was not my intent.
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Posted by u/foxy_kitten 1 week
Please refer to question 18 on the link you provided: **Q18. My city requires all dogs to be vaccinated.  Does this apply to my service animal?** **A**. Yes.  Individuals who have service animals are not exempt from local animal control or public health requirements. Based on this, wolfdogs are not eligible to be service dogs. The rabies vaccine is not approved on wolfdogs, so they cannot legally be qualified as "vaccinated", even if they have received the vaccine. I understand you thought wolfdogs could be service dogs. However, three people who have experience and knowledge of these animals have told you otherwise. We did not comment that for funsies, but because it is the truth and something well known within the wolfdog community.
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Posted by u/foxy_kitten 1 week
1. Wolfdogs cannot legally be service animals. If you are looking for a dog to be a service animal, this is not the animal for you. 2. It's very common for rescue/rehomed animals to experience the "Two Week Shutdown". (Google for more info). Give him time to adjust to the new environment and routine. He'll start to show his personality within a month. 3. A professional trainer is a great idea for any animal, especially a rescue. Until you're able to start with that, just give him time to adjust. He'll warm up to you.
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Posted by u/FuckYourPoachedEggs 2 weeks
If you want a wolfdog that loves cuddles, you want to aim for a low content, if not a wolf alike breed, maybe even a Norwegian elkhound. You seem to have a very rose colored perception on what wolves/Wolfdogs are like. I don’t blame you for it- I was of a similar mindset before I started learning about them and being hands on with them. I highly recommend volunteering at a wolf or wolfdog sanctuary to gain some hands on experience with these guys. Love for the animal isn’t enough to give them a successful home (and I’m speaking from experience, here. I have a low and am friends with a high- I will likely never personally own anything other than a low after my experiences with these animals.)
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Posted by u/FuckYourPoachedEggs 2 weeks
My rescue was a surprise wolfdog. I knew I wanted one eventually (have always loved wolves/dogs, like the idea of the challenge they pose, willing to dedicate my entire life to care for them), so I wanted to rescue a northern breed to prepare myself for challenging dog ownership. Turns out, my girl is a low content! And truly, owning her has made me realize I may never want a high.
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Posted by u/AlliTalbot 2 weeks
What a handsome fellow! How old is he?
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Posted by u/AlliTalbot 2 weeks
I don’t see any resemblance aside from the color. What traits do you see that are similar?
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Posted by u/Nesquiickk 2 weeks
The same things that are looking more Mal right now look like they could continue to develop into more wolf-ish traits. The shape of the snoot and how it extends to the head, eyes, and overall look. I’m taking into consideration how your pup has developed so far, from a husky look a like, to now seeing more of the other breeds pull through. I think this stage of development he reads more Mal, but based on progression I think they’ll develop to looking wolfy, if that makes sense? Think of it this way, a dog isn’t going to have point blank husky, wolf, or Mal traits. Everything is going to be influenced by all the breeds, but at varying degrees. It’s possible to see traits that have multiple strong contributeors to the aesthetic part of the dog. So take the eyes and head, for example. In this photo, I see the very typical Mal expression/positioning/influence. At the same time, I see how your pup’s head is forming and that if it continues on the same developmental trajectory, I wouldn’t be surprised that it looks more wolfy when he’s fully mature. [Example photos of typical Mals.](https://imgur.com/a/22aE3tI) You’ll notice that when you’re looking at photos of mals, they almost always have that kinda sweet/dopey expression. Also note that the ears are more on the side of the head than compared to a husky. They also have large heads which are pretty easy to identify and your guy’s head is looking pretty large rn lol.
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Posted by u/Nesquiickk 2 weeks
The ears are large and pointy, so I’d say those feel more husky. I’d say his head is a lot more round than wedge-like at this stage. The eyes, position of the ears on the head, expression, and overall squareness of pup at this age all ready very Mal like. It’s has more to do with structure and overall appearance rather than one particular trait like masking.
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Posted by u/Nesquiickk 2 weeks
Wow the Mal is really pulling through strong at this age! It’s so interesting seeing how he’s grown- and a great example why we don’t phenotype dogs before they’ve filled matured. Your pup started out looking like a husky, has transitioned into a more Mal appearance, and based on this photo, I’d say will start exhibiting more wolf-ish traits as he matures, as well!
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Posted by u/melissakate8 2 weeks
Middle one is a low content- around 25%. Sounds like your friend probably has lows, as well. :)
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Posted by u/kissiwarrior 2 weeks
You know we can’t pheno puppies ;) Honestly though, after seeing all of your posts, I’m certain this dog has more than just a smidge of content.
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Posted by u/melissakate8 2 weeks
Yes! High contents are super super tall! They don’t weigh as much as you’d think, but sure do have legs for days
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Posted by u/Ravetti 2 weeks
He is so stinking handsome!!
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Posted by u/heywoodjbloughmi 3 weeks
Has he been Embark DNA tested? Wolfdogs are incredibly illegal in IL.
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Posted by u/Lovus368 3 weeks
Most of the users in this sub are based in North America. I’d recommend joining some of the larger wolfdog groups on Facebook, as they have a much larger audience of active users. One thing to note, wolfdogs, especially those with significant content, require routine, secure confinement, and much more time/money/effort than regular dogs. In addition to wolfdog laws, you would need to familiarize yourself with the laws on what you can/cannot build when it comes to containment. American wolfdogs (IE what you think of what you say “wolfdog” that isn’t Czech or sarloos) are not common in Europe, so you’d likely have to purchase from a wolfdog breeder in another country if there aren’t any in Austria. I do know there are multiple Tamaskan breeders in Europe and can name a few breeders in England and Finland. Those may be good avenues to go down as well.
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Posted by u/PM-Me-Ur-Gore 3 weeks
I love her so much
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Posted by u/fabbzinator 3 weeks
What a beautiful girlie!
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Posted by u/Rare-Star-4238 3 weeks
Yes, there have been verified cases of WP falsely identifying wolf content in animals that don't have it. I have a friend who's rescue mutt (zero wolfy attributed physically or behaviorally) showed up as 12.5% grey wolf, she came to me asking about it, I recommended Embarking to be sure and his Embark pulled 0%. If the dog doesn't look or act like a wolf, why are they heartbroken? If pup isn't exhibiting any physical or behavioral traits of a wolf, then there isn't any reason for them to be upset or to rehome the dog. Think about it this way. Say I have a house cat that is clearly a house cat in how it looks and acts. Then, suddenly, I have a DNA test that's telling me it's part tiger. Those results wouldn't suddenly make me incapable of taking care of the cat, nor would it change how I treat the cat. It's still just a house cat. I'm not going to give the cat up because it's telling me something that clearly isn't true or clearly doesn't have an impact on the cat. I'm also not going to tell people my house cat is part tiger because there's no need to- even if it were true! DNA test results are completely private and they shouldn't be letting something like this effect how they view their pet. If they need to be sure, recommend Embarking. In the meantime, advise they chalk it up as WP falsely IDing grey wolf (which they commonly do) and to give the dog the best life they can. Even if Embark were to come back with a pinch of content, it wouldn't have any effect on the dog, only how they look at it.
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Posted by u/IDislikeSquares 3 weeks
If you don’t mind me asking, why are you interested in owning a wolfdog?
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Posted by u/Rare-Star-4238 3 weeks
I can’t share results that don’t belong to me, but there are verified cases of WP misidentifying content in animals. One case that comes to mind is Selene, a well known high content wolfdog. Selene’s known lineage is long and Wisdom Panel identified her as part coyote, which is not true at all. Unfortunately, as these are competitors, there isn’t any hard and fast data that shows the correlation of false WP positives. However, the attitude in the wolfdog community that WP is trash and not accurate at verifiably IDing wolf content did not appear out of nowhere- it’s because the false positives/over estimating content on WP have happened at an alarming rate. Sure, there’s a chance that some grey wolf identified on WP could translate to content identified on Embark. But, think about it this way, there’s an 8% discrepancy in my latest WP and Embark results. That means 25% of the content “identified” through WP was wrong. That’s pretty significant. With that much of a difference, it’s likely little to no content would actually be there in a dog whose WP results are 10-15%.
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Posted by u/Rare-Star-4238 3 weeks
Looks like Imgur is down, so I can’t share an album of photos at this time. My girl has done both versions of the WP test + done Embark twice (second time after a big update to their database/algorithm). Wisdom Panel is garbage. Embark is the only DNA test on the market (aside from UC Davis) that can positively ID wild canid dna. WP uses a fraction of the genetic markers and often misidentifies grey wolf or coyote in dogs that don’t have either in their lineage. Wisdom Panel’s more basic test also only gives round percentages like 12.5%, 25%, etc. which grossly under or over estimates breed contents. If you’re going to spend money on a dog DNA test, do Embark. Edit: [Imgur’s back you and running. Here’s a link to view Embark vs WP results for both of my pups.](https://imgur.com/a/C9Cn6BD) As you can see, WP grossly overestimated the amount of grey wolf in my low content and completely missed the Samoyed. The results from my doggy-dog are ever worse.
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Posted by u/EaseNo5250 3 weeks
Keep us posted on the results! If he has content, he wouldn't be more than a low- still looks very doggy :) He looks a lot like my pup, who tested under 25%. Yours definitely has a lot more Husky than Miri does, though.
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Posted by u/semipreciousmetal 3 weeks
It sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders and a solid base of experience if he does turn out to be a wolfdog! If you get him, keep us posted!
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Posted by u/semipreciousmetal 3 weeks
Do you have photos of the parents you could share? We cannot phenotype puppies. (Wolfdogs and northern breed/GSD mixes can look incredibly similar when they're young). As others have mentioned, an Embark DNA test would be the only way to know for sure. FWIW, if a breeder isn't listing the dog as a wolfdog, it likely isn't one because they often use the wolf word to sell their pups for more money. Do you have experience with wolfdogs? If not, are you prepared for one? They will not fit into a "normal" way of life and require much more (time, money, patience, dedication) than a regular puppy.
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Posted by u/melissakate8 3 weeks
Yep! I've been using that to track measurements of my neck, waist, and hips (all my trainer wanted to track). I've lost an inch off of my waist and two off of my hips so far.
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Posted by u/melissakate8 3 weeks
That post was incredibly helpful for me, thank you! The last paragraph is exactly what I needed to hear.
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Posted by u/[deleted] 4 weeks
It depends on where you live. Laws and regulations can vary down to the county level. To speak in the broadest of strokes, even 1% can be considered a wolfdog in the eyes of the law. Does a 1% wolfdog truly constitute what it means to have/take care of a wolfdog? No, of course not. But it’s always best to home any dog with any content in a legal area for the dog’s protection.
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Posted by u/Jbaileynolfe 4 weeks
Oh hey, those parents do look like they have content- nice! That’s honestly quite rare. Did you meet the parents IRL? If those are the parents, I’d say you have a nice low on your hands based off of these two pics, maybe in the 30s to 40s percentage wise? I see a lot of GSD in the first one, who looks to have more content than the second one. Second one looks like a mix of husky, Mal, GSD, and grey wolf. Embark will be the best way to know for sure what you have. And with a shady breeder, it’ll be good to get the health results just in case there are any health concerns pup could have.
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Posted by u/PlentyFaithlessness8 4 weeks
Sploot
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Posted by u/AliceRay969 4 weeks
Love to see it! Any surprises or is she what you were expecting?
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Posted by u/Jbaileynolfe 4 weeks
Do you have photos of the parents? We can’t phenotype puppies. Photos of the parents would help us generate a more accurate guess. Based on coloration alone, I’d wager low to no content at all. This is going to suck to hear, but it is a HUGE red flag that breeders called the parents “interior wolf” and “timber wolf”. There are no DNA tests that can identify subscpeices of grey wolf. 99 times out of 100, breeders who use random jargon to describe their “wolfdogs” are producing low to zero contents. Another red flag is of the breeder didn’t provide Embark DNA test results for both parents. You should know what content level your puppy is before bringing it home of the breeder is doing their job. Honestly, I’d recommend Embark DNA test before claiming pup as a wolfdog. Everything you’ve mentioned so far is usually indicative of a lying/misrepping breeder. :/
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Posted by u/Kossak001100 4 weeks
This is adorable!!
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Posted by u/EaseNo5250 4 weeks
It could go either way, honestly! Embark DNA test would be the only definitive way to know :) Honestly, I see a lot of GSD (shape of the ears/placement, stature) mal (square muzzle/head type, big round eyes, and some husky (thinly fitted ears, stature, tiny paws). But from a couple angles the head does look a bit triangular, so he could have a pinch of content in there. If you end up embarking, please keep us updated!
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Posted by u/SpazzyBlonde 4 weeks
She’s such a pretty girl! Are her results what you were expecting?
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Posted by u/twoldmoe 4 weeks
Definitely worth doing the test before claiming pup as a wolfdog, lest there be any surprising results ;)
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Posted by u/twoldmoe 4 weeks
Those are pretty neat numbers- has pup been Embarked by chance? It’s exceptionally rare for a low content to only have two breeds in it, let alone clean even percentages like that. Embark testing may be a good option to figure out what exactly pup is :)
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 month
Why does it upset you?
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 month
Oooh I’ve never tried cooking it in eggs before, I’ll give that a go next time!
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Posted by u/thanksfornothinpp 1 month
I’ve been having the same issue for about a week now. I tried messaging and calling support, but the reps seem to have no clue what’s going on. Call center told me to wait 72 hours (I did, still no resolve) and I received a message saying this is an ongoing issue with no timeline for a resolution.
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Posted by u/AmoralLucey 1 month
Did OP ever post photos of the animal? If not, I’m extremely skeptical to believe this. Sounds more like a husky mix than a high content wolfdog IMO. You don’t just live with a high content and have the moral of the story be “I was cool bc I had a wolf.” Edit: yeah, I’m calling BS. Went thru their tumblr and people begged for photos of the dog in question, but OP said they couldn’t post them bc they didn’t have access to a scanner BUT a could take a cell phone pic of a drawing they made of the dog? And couldn’t take cell phone pics of the photos they do have? Absolute bologna.
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 month
Breakfast: Cucumber + Ham, Goat cheese and tomato omelette (well, my goal was an omelette. It turned out to be an omelette scramble hybrid of sorts), 35kcal toast with Nutella, Lunch: Chicken breast, Air fried sweet potato, Mixed greens w balsamic dressing Dinner: Chicken thigh, Couscous, Orange, BBQ sauce, Little bit of chocolate, Gatorade
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 month
This may be my favorite comment ever hahaha. You’re right in the money! It is Nutella and ham. This was the biggest plate I had lol
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 month
Hahahaha thank you I think? I’m working with a trainer and she outlines my meals and I make them work for me! Ex: for breakfast she said 2 pieces of toast, 2 eggs, 150g cucumber, 50g tomato, and 56g ham. The bread I use is only 35kcal per slice whereas she has accommodated for more + I opted for less ham. That allowed me to add goat cheese to the eggs and Nutella to the toast. I didn’t really want to eat cucumbers by themselves for breakfast, so adding the ham pieces on top made them more.. breakfast like? Lol
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 month
Nutella on the toast, bbq sauce in the ramekin haha
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Posted by u/SpazzyBlonde 1 month
The snuggles with the wolf stuffie is adorable!!
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Posted by u/saltqueen95 1 month
Thank you for posting the update here, love to see it! It looks like your pup is right within the range you were expecting, huh? That is awesome! Also, I know this is a WD sub, but your other dog 😍😍😍
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Posted by u/CallMeBigPapaya 1 month
There is no one-size fits all answer as there are too may variables - Are the dogs in question fixed? What gender are they? What's the content level of the wolfdog? What type of socialization has the wolfdog received? All of these variables would have an impact on how well they would get along. Generally, wolfdogs do better with animals of the opposite sex. It's also recommended to not have small breed dogs around wolfdogs due to their high prey drive. Additionally, I've learned that herding dogs can have a hard time acclimating to wolfdogs, due to the herding breed's sensitivity to eye contact / how wolfdogs communicate. PS happy cake day!
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Posted by u/SheridanSauvage 1 month
You said it!
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Posted by u/DracoMagnusRufus 1 month
A nice mid! This is a great example of why we can’t/dont pheno puppies. At this age he could just as easily be a husky GSD mix. Can’t wait to see how he grows! Is his content what you were expecting?
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Posted by u/teabunny7 1 month
Hahahaha it’s such a game changer!! I’m pretty sure I laughed so hard I teared up the first time I tried it
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Posted by u/kissiwarrior 1 month
Wow, that is one handsome puppy! The way the light is hitting him/ the way the dogs are positioned, it almost looks photoshopped lol.
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Posted by u/InevitableAd8452 1 month
First word of advice: Texas is notorious for some of the worst bybs when it comes to Wolfdogs. Steer clear of Craigslist or any locally posting "wolfdog" or "hybrid" breeders you may initially find online. I’d prefer to get a pulse on your situation before making a referral, if you don’t mind. All of these questions (and more!) will be asked by the breeders anyways, so it’s good to have answers to them ready to go lol * What content are you looking for? * What’s your timeframe of wanting pup in hand? * What’s your experience with Wolfdogs? * What have you done to prepare? * Do you rent or own? * Do you live in a legal area? (Are you positive about this down to the County / neighborhood level?) * Is everyone in your household on board with a wolfdog? * What does your enclosure look like? * Do you have a vet ready who will treat a wolfdog? * How are you going to handle the rigorous socialization needs for the first several months to year?
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Posted by u/Cail_ 1 month
Do you have experience with wolves or higher contents to know if the behavior is the same? If not, you may be mistaking northern breed behavior for wolf behavior, as northern breeds act very different than regular dogs. I recommend Embark DNA testing before claiming pup as a WD.
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Posted by u/Cky1359 1 month
There are verified mid contents with blue eyes. Unusual? Yes. Unheard of? No. Blue eyes are a dog trait and can be present in any wolfdog except the upper mids and highs.
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Posted by u/Cky1359 1 month
Thank you!
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Posted by u/Cky1359 1 month
I would highly recommend Embark DNA testing your dog before telling people she’s a wolfdog. She is, without a doubt, not an F1 wolf x husky mix. If she was she would have undeniable wolf features. However, all that we can see in these two photos are dog features with zero wolf features. FWIW, the following are dog features that your pupper has: blue eyes, round eyes, large ears, pointy ears, distinct masking, broad chest, short legs, tiny paws, and pink on the nose just to name a few. Another reason why we can say she certainly isn’t an F1 cross (aside from the obvious looks), is that F1s are INCREDIBLY rare. It is illegal to own a pure without proper licensure. 99.9% of Wolfdogs are the result of multi generation wolfdog x wolfdog pairings and quite far removed from anything pure. Unfortunately, misrepresentation is how a lot of people begin their journey with wolfdogs. Shady back yard breeders love throwing the “half wolf” or “random type of wolf” label on their northern breed mixes to make them seem more valuable/ turn a greater profit. Those are two of the biggest red flags we can tell people looking to adopt to look out for. The good news is that now we have Embark that can definitively say whether or not a dog is a wolfdog. :)
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Posted by u/Cky1359 1 month
What’s her percentage?
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Posted by u/Havregrot2000 1 month
Believe it or not, choke chains have a long history in the wolfdog community. Often times, there is just no other way to get an adult to listen. They’re too independent. Pair that with the relative newness of companionship wolfdogs. Five years ago, it was relatively unheard of to have a wolfdog that lived a more dog-like lifestyle. More often, they were homestead animals that bonded with their owners on their own turf in their enclosures, not companions that did life (hiking, being in a house, etc.) with their humans. So, you have a method that’s been used on these animals for decades out of necessity paired with a new found desire to prioritize the bond first. It makes sense that these type of methods would be questioned more now that priorities are beginning to shift. My only real recommendation in this scenario is the adjust where you can. Maybe a prong collar would be a better alternative to the choke collar. Or maybe the adjustment is finding a new trainer to consult. Or maybe it means life looks a little different than you thought. Maybe your expectations of what your dog can do need to change- or maybe not. Only you can answer what is the right path for y’all. One adjustment you can try to make is to not put your dog is situations where he’s at risk of failing and being corrected. Or the adjustment is exiting the scenarios where he’s failing instead of trying to work through them. Maybe you bring treats and positively reinforce good behavior A LOT so there is much more positive connection than negative.
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Posted by u/Nesquiickk 1 month
Oh my! Bath time lol
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Posted by u/welcomenativestore 1 month
So pretty! What are their names?
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Posted by u/bearymanilow666 1 month
What a lovely animal! Love seeing those highs 😍
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Posted by u/PM-Me-Ur-Gore 1 month
Such a wee, beautiful baby!
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 month
Neat! Thank you for providing this information, it’s very informative. I typically cash out whenever I’m at $5+, which could be once week or five times a week depending on the week. I may just look at doing twice a week to be safe moving forward.
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 month
I've been using Prolific since July 2019.
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Posted by u/AlexP_rawrXD 1 month
Of course! Happy to provide recommendations of which groups to join if you’d like. Feel free to PM me :)
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Posted by u/AlexP_rawrXD 1 month
Are you a member of any of the Facebook Wolfdog groups? May be a good place to post, as well. Unfortunately, my girl has a couple of health conditions (EPI and Bilateral Hip Dysplasia), so I cannot assist in your research, but would gladly fill it out otherwise.
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Posted by u/melissakate8 1 month
I didn’t receive that request, so perhaps I’ve never reached that specific number (assuming it’s $500?) in one calendar year. I’ve been on Prolific for ~2 years now.
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Posted by u/mavisandmolly 1 month
What a stunning lady!
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