I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.

For me they are the role model for being alive.

~ Gilda Radner

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wolf hybrids

Why does anyone breed these? I have met some awesome wolf and wolf hybrids, living a good life in private homes...but I have seen way too many euthanized and living in "sanctuaries". Most that arrive at shelters are euthanized immediately. There are several breeders in the area

I live fairly close to Las Vegas and there are several breeders in the area, always posting on craigslist (another pet peeve). Today's post:

YOUNG BI EYED FEMALE SIBERIAN HUSKY HYBRID- BEAUTIFULReply to: mailto:comm-madez-1136098673@craigslist.org?subject=YOUNG%20BI%20EYED%20FEMALE%20SIBERIAN%20HUSKY%20HYBRID-%20BEAUTIFUL [Errors when replying to ads?]Date: 2009-04-23, 6:54AM PDTShe is Young female Hybrid. She was on My website www.wolfhuskypups.com as a puppy last year and Her Owner can no longer keep Her. She originally came from an affiliate breeder of Mine in Wisconsin but right now She is in Southern UT - 2 hours from Las Vegas 4 from Salt Lake City. We are willing to drive Her as far as Mesquite NV TODAY ONLY! Her Owner told Me She was a housedog, great with kids and very smart. Here She definitely wants to be around People and doesn’t do well with female dogs. She does ok with Males. She is intact and might be less aggressive towards other females if She was fixed. She doesn’t like to be in a dog run. She would do best as a family dog, allowed in and out of the house. She loves water and would be a great camping companion. She knows basic commands. Both of Her parents are registered Hybrids. Her adoption fee is $75 Email Me for more info!

ok, so this animal is probably close to a year...and she's a great dog, so why is the owner getting rid of her? My experience says that if someone is re-homing a dog between the ages of 6 months and two years, often times it is because they haven’t lived up to their responsibility of pet ownership, meaning the dog has behavior issues. In this case it could be because the dog is confused about whether she is a dog or a wolf. Either way, the cycle has begun...dog goes home, dog gets rehomed, dog goes home, dog gets rehomed...and it goes on until the dog is abandoned, or brought to a shelter and euthanized.

The world would be a better place if no one, not even respected responsible breeders made any new puppies this year...but wolf hybrids? the world could live without anyone breeding those forever...

I use the term "get rid of" because people seem to feel their animals are disposable.

Wolf hybrid, by the way, is a misnomer, as dogs and wolves belong to the same species.


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

That is really sad.. It is kind of like children being passed from foster home to foster home.. Not right..
We got Louie when the person that adopted him found out he was deaf and didn't want to take the time the same goes for Callie. Guess we are the lucky ones to have taken them in...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Calsidyrose said...

I agree with you--the pet-world doesn't need more "wolf-hybrids."

Nor does the pet-world need more huskies. We've had a run with huskies at the Shelter as of late, with four or five coming through just since February. Fortunately, our Adoption Team Leader is husky-savvy, so she usually fosters these animals and does the placements. Her dog, Togo is a husky from the Shelter. Huskies are gorgeous animals, but they are not for lazy dog owners.

Unknown said...

It is so important to pick dogs that match your life style. You do need saavy shelters/rescues placing the adoptions but most importantly people need to realize their commitment and responsibility when adopting. I have been fortunate with Norwood as a rescue- a high energy dog that requires alot of walks and routine. But he has been the best fitness trainer and we meet each others needs.

Norwood and Debi

WoofWhinnyWhisper said...

How sad =( Yet another hybrid that will wind up as most do... passed around until, if she is fortunate, winds up in a shelter and is humanely euthanized. If she is unfortunate, dumped in the desert to figure it out herself. I shudder to think of what she might endure during her journey either way.