There are several wolfdog breeds around.
The best known are:
- Czechoslovakian Wolfdog from Czechoslovakia
- Saarloos wolfhond from Holland (Nederlands)
- Lupo italiano an italian wolfdog
Some breeds have been ‘created’ to look like wolfs, without having actually been interbreeding with a wolf like:
and others such as: Kunming Wolfdog, Northern Inuit Dog, Lukanish wolfdog, Canadian Eskimo Dog, Sulimov Dog, Coydog and so on.
Search on Wikipedia to get more information.
The Irish Wolfhound is not at all related to a wolf, except for (one of) their original purposes:
To hunt down wolfs.
They don’t look like wolfs, they don’t act like wolfs because they have NO RELATIONS with wolfs what so ever. (But it’s a wonderful dog though.)
Special features in the Wolfdog
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog originates from a German shepherd and a wolf.
(Read more on wikipedia.org).
This means that the dog still has a lot of abilities from the wolf.
Here are some of the things that you can expert from of wolfdog and that differs it form other dogs:
- Late maturity. (Matures at the age of 2-3 years of age instead of 1 year)
- Alone-problems. (Because of its need for the pack, the CsW hates to be alone. So a big outdoor run or old furniture must be considered important).
- Guard dog. The CsW guards its leader, not the house. And as the dog is very kind it won’t be the best dog to scare thieves away.
- Barking. (The CsW can bark, but uses it as a secondary way to express itself. Different ways of howling is used for expression also some growling sounds are used widely. )
- Growling. (Some of the growling sounds may sound dangerous and alarming, but may not be at all.)
- Wolfdogs and children. A lot of wolfdog owners have a wolfdog and children. My suggestion is that the children should be born before the wolfdog is brought to the house. That way the dog won’t have to adjust to new members of the pack. (And wolfdogs does NOT consider children as preys, but do teach your children to behave respectfully around dogs. ANY dog.)
- Digging. A wolfdog loves digging holes. The purpose is to dig a den for cooling and resting. Your garden is a wonderful place to dig dens. Now you’re warned.
- Biting. The wolfdog uses its teeth a lot when it plays. That’s the wolfdog style. Playing wolfdogs are very noisy and rough. It means that if your wolfdog plays with other kinds of dogs, it has to adjust or the other dog must be a little tough. Almost all dogs are capable of uttering their dissatisfaction if the play gets too rough. BUT when the wolfdog plays with YOU it may also use its teeth. It’s not a bite of aggression, but a bite of playfulness.
(Biting in play is a lesson in how to teach their future puppies. The mother uses restrictive biting on the pups a lot. Not hard, but to adjust their behaviour so they won’t run away or get hurt.)
- Hot and cold. The wolfdog hardly ever freezes. It won’t need carpets or soft pillows to lie on. It may suffer from the summer heat, but almost never from the winter cold. Wolfdogs love snow, rain and frozen dirt.
- Body language. The wolfdog’s body language is very close to the wolf’s. It clear and very significant. Learn about wolves and you’ll learn about the wolfdog, too. To the wolfdog it’s also easier to ‘read’ other dogs with long tails and pointed ears than dogs with hanging ears and docked tails. (Forbidden in DK.)
The senses of the wolfdog are intensified. You must understand that this will be a distraction for your dog the rest of its life. There are so many things is has to keep track of. Sounds, smells and sights. And basically this is why the dog is no ‘beginner’s dog’. You can’t fight its nature.
- The eyes. The wolfdogs see better than other dogs in daylight and at night. (The wolfs eyes are constructed to be able to hunt in the dawn. Therefore the back of the eye has better light absorbs ion than a dogs eye. It is also considered that the light yellow eye of the wolf helps this light absorbs ion. The CsW inherited a part of this ability.)
- The ears. The wolfdogs hear better than other dog breeds. Again it inherited this ability from the wolf. This means that your wolfdog is constantly aware of its surroundings and hears everything that goes on.
- The nose. Again the wolfdog is a fantastic tracker dog because of its magnificent nose. An important part of the wolfdog’s activity schedule is to sniff its surrounding areas. It’s also sniffing that makes the wolfdog tired – more than just running around.
Czechoslovakian maybe-not-so-All Round-dog
I was asked whether a Czech is a good dog for Tracking, Exhibition or Security/obedience Competitions.
I would say: All of them in one dog and some times, none of them.
Of course there will be certain dogs that doesn’t fulfil the requirements of a perfect champion, but why not give it a try?
The Czech is good at doing tracks but not so great in obedience. You are not limited to one kind of training with this dog, but you might only have 50 % of succes with any of these training varieties.
Writing this, Pandora is 2 1/2 years old. I have revised my opinion about how do-able she is in different tarining situation. Her obedience is stalling but her agility trainung is gettting better.
Read my blog input: When your life change …
This can kill your dog!
Don’t ever feed your wolfdog (or any other dog) with:
- grapes (Pandora can eat grapes and raisins, but some dogs are allergic to these)
- horse poo.
It’s poison for your dog. And for your cat, too.
Letty from Kennel van Goverwelle told as we picked up Pandora:
Don’t ever let you dog eat horse poo. As horses gets treatments against worms, the medical leftovers in the faeces can kill your dog!
And some wolfdogs are great fans of anyones poo!
The DANGER in dogs
This is the list of the most dangerous dogs from CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention (US)):
- 1. Pit Bulls
- 2. Rottweilers
- 3. German Shepherds
- 4. Huskies
- 5. Alaskan Malamutes
- 6. Doberman Pinschers
- 7. Chow Chows
- 8. Great Dane
From here the list varies a little:
- 9. Boxer/St. Bernards
- 10. Akitas (and other molosser like Canario, Caine Corso, Bulmastiffs)
The danger in the Czechoslovakian wolfdog
According to the ‘list of dangerous dogs there’s no mentioning of the Czechoslovakian wolfdog anywhere.
Just because a dog looks like a wolf, it doesn’t make it dangerous. Just as a wild wolf isn’t dangerous to – but afraid of – humans.
Any animal frightened or confused may be dangerous, and so may any human – forced to attack in fear.
A dog treated with respect of its genetic background, will be a good dog. A dog mistreated, mislead and with no real (trustworthy) leader will attack.
Therefore a lot of the very small dogs bites. Like Chihuahua, Pekingese etc. but they are not considered dangerous because of their size.
Few of them are well raised as it is considerable more difficult to raise a small dog than a big one!
It’s easier just to move or push the small dog away instead of teaching it the basic rules. This is the basis for SMALL problems.
If you raise a big dog that way (Pitbull or likewise), you’ll get MAJOR problems.
It hurts a lot more to be bitten by a Great Dane then by a Chihuahua. This doesn’t mean that the Chihuahua is a better dog.
A small knife is still a knife.
- One dangerous wolfdog
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