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Animals of Significant Wolf Content


Highs: 

80% or higher

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High-content wolfdogs should look virtually identical to pure wolves with very few if any dog features (no more than 3 subtle dog traits). They cycle like wolves, behave like wolves and, if not properly contained, will roam like wolves, regardless of ability to reproduce (i.e. they do not have to be looking for a mate in order to wander from home).




Wolves spend most of their lives in constant motion. They can cover hundreds of miles in a single day, and their territories are vast. Because pure wolves spend most of their lives walking, high-content wolfdogs will spend a lot of time pacing their enclosures; more often than not, at the fence line. It has even been proven that high-contents kept in smaller 20x20x10 foot kennels can and will pace just as much as a high-content who roams in an 8000ft. enclosure. 




High content wolfdogs and pure wolves kept in very large enclosures often become more and more independent as times goes on. Even if they have been bottle-raised by humans, it is their nature to eventually grow up and want more freedom. A high-content in a massive enclosure can become feral, very difficult to approach and may have to be darted with a tranquilizer in order to be approached and examined, despite being raised by people and socialized as a pup.




Because high-contents are so much like pure wolves, it takes a very dedicated person to be able to raise a TRUE high-content to adulthood and still manage to keep the animal friendly with strangers and well-behaved in public. VERY few people are qualified to own such a demanding animal, and those who aren't prepared and get one anyway often fail and end up turning their animal over to a rescue or sanctuary.




Most high-content wolfdogs are indistinguishable from pure wolves, even by experts.







The animal pictured at left is the same animal above, only at 5 years old. In black-phases, the face phases in what appears to be a sled dog-like pattern. This is natural for many black-phase wolves and wolfdogs and should be taken into consideration when phenotyping an older phased-out animal. 




Pictured above: 


High-contents of various crosses. Note that no matter what breed of dog or specie of wolf is used, all of the high-contents look very much alike.





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