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When this wolf became too large and difficult to handle, a bad dog owner dumped him at a shelter.

Fortunately, a sanctuary brought him in and saved his life. DNA testing shows he is 87.5% grey wolf, 8.6% Siberian husky, and 3.9 German shepherd.




Some wolf-like dogs are difficult to tell apart from real wolves, even though big dogs and wolves usually resemble each other quite closely. Most wolf-like dog breeds are hybrids, containing dog and wolf characteristics. The pup will like wolves more if the wolf gene runs deeper in the family lineage (for instance, if one of the parents was a wolf rather than a great aunt a few generations ago). Although sometimes it may happen naturally, crossbreeding of this kind is mostly done for scientific research.

Check out Northern Inuit dogs if you’re wondering which dogs like wolves. From Game of Thrones, do you recall the dire wolves? That is the one, yes. Others include the Belgian Tervuren, the Swedish Vallhund, and others. Wolf dogs include the more common Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes.


Because of their size and keen hunting instincts than other dogs, wolf dogs are nonetheless recognized as pets, even if they come with more duties for their owners. There are better plans than this if you consider getting a pet wolf. Remember that wolves are wild beasts, and as such, they require access to the natural world.

Congratulations on saving a wolf! If, however, it is not able to return to its native habitat for some reason, you might want to think about giving the animal to a sanctuary or other individuals who are trained to handle wild animals.


Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center (SWS), founded in 2001 by Nancy Smith, offers sanctuary and rehabilitation to wolves who have been born both wild and captive, as well as to other exotic species. Over 60 exotic creatures raised in captivity or rescued each year find a permanent home on a 2.5-acre site in Naples, Florida.

To fulfill the non-mission purpose of “reconnecting people and animals through education,” staff members and more than 30 committed volunteers put in a year-round effort to not only assist neglected animals but also to raise awareness among the general public about the value of protecting these animals.


As wolf dogs are not suitable for adoption by domestic animal services, Shy Wolf Sanctuary is their last chance to receive aid and find a forever home.

Most wolves avoid contact with humans and are not naturally aggressive toward them, but with wolf dogs, each situation is unique.



Compared to either the wolf or the dog, wolf dogs have less predictable behavioral patterns since they show a variety of features.

As a result, adopting these breeds has challenges that people need to be aware of. It’s impossible to know how much personality an animal will have, especially when it’s bought as a puppy.

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