German Shepherd Dog > German Shepherd/Wolf-Shepherd breeding (82 replies)
by TheWildWolf on 16 February 2012 - 04:27
|I cannot believe this thread is even taking place.|
The only thing I will bring to this thread, since it all has been covered in replies, is that you are in dangerous waters breeding to a wolf. Coming from someone who has spent many long years studying wolves, I can tell you right now that the genetic pool you'd trying to dip your German Shepherd into is vast and dangerous. The wolf is a magnificent being, a WILD animal, whose ancestors are far, far older than any dog.
The art of dog breeding is exactly that, an artistic dance where extremely well-educated breeders study bloodlines and pedigrees and ancestors to improve upon a breed and continue to produce the appropriate "German Shepherd", by combining personality traits and blah, blah, blah... I am sure you know all about dog breeding... I won't waste my breath explaining what everyone already knows.
So, you want to add a wolf or wolf hybrid into your "beloved" breed. You want to 'improve' or 'purify' the GSD? So, here is the questions that everyone on here should be asking you:
The sire you use. The wolf, or wolf dog... what of it's genes are you breeding to that will improve the GSD gene pool? Oh, right... I forgot. You have no way of knowing, since there is no documented GENETIC INFORMATION FOR THE TEMPERAMENT, HEALTH AND PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS OF A WOLF. I can't help but wonder if you've even thought this idea through. How on earth will you plan and determine what those dogs will produce if you are entirely unaware of what this wolf or wolfdog will produce in it's offspring? You have no idea, on any scale, what genetic information a wolf or wolfdog will pass on. That is because unlike the DOMESTIC DOG, there are no wolf pedigrees or bloodlines for you to study and use to make an informed match.
I can't even continue typing... this is ridiculous.
by Cassandra Marie on 16 February 2012 - 05:22
|Years ago, my husband and I met a woman who bred Siberian Huskies and large parrots. She lived on an 80 acre farm. She invited us to her home and introduced us to her 18 month old drop dead gorgeous male wolf. This was her story: she traded a hand fed baby parrot for this domestically bred wolf pup. She received him at 8 weeks of age. As he grew, he became less tame and his natural instincts to hunt kicked in. Eventually he was breaking out of her fenced yard and terrorizing local farmers livestock. She had to fence in her entire 80 acres and that still didn't keep him at home. When we met this gorgeous creature at 18 mons of age, he was in a double fenced kennel run with a top on it. She told us NOT to make eye contact with him as he would intrepret as a threat and he would accept the challenge. She said this was the biggest mistake of her life because now she had this beautiful wolf that could not fit into any element of life. He could not be donated to zoos or reintroduced to the wild because other packs of wolves would kill him. He couldn't be with her dogs because he would kill her Huskies. He would sadly live the rest of his life in an enclosed dog run! She had to put a clause in her will, that when she died, the wolf would be euthanized. This was an experienced dog person and her words to us were that "a wolf's temperament is nothing like a dogs".|
by jc.carroll on 16 February 2012 - 11:39
|Cassandra, thankyou for that story! Truly, it shows that the nature of a wolf is different from a dog, regardless of how well it's raised.|