date a boy who’s a wolf. not figuratively a wolf literally date a fucking wolf. wolves are strong and cute and have powerful jaws for crushing the bones of men who harass you on the street. wolves are better than men in every respect. have you ever seen a man kill an elk with his teeth, howl at the moon, run at speeds of 35 mph. wolves CANNOT call you slurs
butneverdestroyed: 1.) Your dog is gorgeous. 2.) Your pictures of your dog are gorgeous 3.) Can you tell me more about Motyka? What are the percentages of his breeding? How's his behavior? It's been a life-long desire of mine to own a wolf / husky / wolfdog hybrid, but I'm nervous about keeping a potentially aggressive / territorial canine in a home with other animals / children. Thanks for all the beautiful pictures you post / reblog.
First of all, thanks for the compliments! I never imagined that any of my posts would take off quite like they have!
Second, I’d be happy to share with you my experiences and trials; I think it’s high time I had something of this sort on my blog so I’m publishing this.
As for the “percentage” of wolf in Motyka: any wolfdog breeder/owner who claims to know the exact percentage of wolf in a dog is full of shit. (I was guilty of this for a while because I was pretty young and uneducated when I got him and so was the person I got him from). Anyone who truly knows their stuff about wolfdogs will instead use the terms “low content”, “mid-content” or “high content”. I was told that Motyka was mid to high content, but I know now that he is a low content dog.
As far as behavior is concerned, wolfdogs are a total pain in the ass. There’s no other way to put it. Before Motyka hit 2 years of age, I was pretty much convinced I’d never be able to leave him alone in the house because he was incredibly destructive even with adequate exercise. (And, I should mention, “adequate exercise” was 6+ hours of solid running every single day when he was younger!) I was spending 12 hours a day with him, first running him for 6+ hours, then using the rest of the day for training. I have distinct memories of passing out on the couch from tiredness after this and he’d still be running laps of the living room. If this sounds insane, that’s because it IS - I would strongly advise that you do not get a dog you can’t keep up with! There will be days you’ll have wanted to sleep in, or not be feeling well, but you have to remember that a dog like this is as full time a job as any other and they do not take days off!
Aggression can be a problem with any dog that isn’t kept in check, but wolfdogs are supremely intelligent and know damn well that you’ll be intimidated if they bare their teeth at you. Motyka displayed dominant/aggressive behavior towards me on occasion for a period of about 14 months. After we hit the 2 year mark, (2 years of solid, consistent training) he no longer tests me and we live comfortably together.
I’d say if you’re worried about these things, you’re just being realistic. I would not suggest keeping a dog like this in a house with children under the age of 16. Cats, small dogs, birds, etc. should be considered prey animals, because most wolfdogs will treat them as such. We got our cats after Motyka was over a year old, and we introduced them slowly. We ended up lucky and things were OK, though I’d not suggest bringing a wolfdog into a home where small animals are already present. If you had to rehome a cat/bird/ferret because of your new dog, that wouldn’t be very fair to them.
My final points are as follows: is it in the dog’s best interest for you to have him or her? Can you devote the time, energy and patience needed to accommodate such a destructive and potentially aggressive animal on a full-time basis? Do you have a good grasp on dog training concepts and methods? Are you informed about how to avoid/curb aggressive behavior? If such behaviors escalated beyond your control, would you be able to afford a true professional’s help? Perhaps most importantly, do you know what constitutes a reputable professional?
Lots of questions, but each and every one is important and should be thought about at length. I believe that any commitment one makes to an animal should last the duration of that animal’s natural life — in other words, if you get in over your head, it’s not the shelter’s problem; it’s yours!
I hope this has been helpful!