If you dream of a pet that looks like a formidable wolf, then pay attention to hybrid breeds – they turned out from crossing real wolves with dogs.
There are very few such breeds, some of them are recognized by the International Cynological Federation, and some are not. Let’s start with those that are recognized, there are only two of them:
- Saarloos Wolfdog
Dutch sailor Lander Sarlos crossed his beloved German Shepherd with a she-wolf. As a result, after many experiments, a breed of dog was obtained that combines endurance, strong immunity, the appearance of a wolf and devotion, obedience, and the mind of a shepherd dog. This brave dog is recruited to participate in rescue operations.
A dog of this breed must be trained and socialized from childhood, then it will become an excellent companion, because, unlike wolves, it is very attached to people.
- Czechoslovakian wolfdog
These dogs were bred for use in military and search operations, as well as on guard duty. The Czechoslovakian wolfdog is the result of crossing Carpathian wolves with a German shepherd.
This breed requires a steady hand from its owner to properly raise it, otherwise you can get an uncontrollably aggressive pet. At the same time, the wolfdog is very smart and easily learns commands, he loves his family and easily gets along with other pets.
Saarloos Wolfdog and Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
And here are the breeds that have not yet received official recognition.
- Kunming wolfdog
It is actually the Chinese version of the Czechoslovakian wolfdog. And although it is not accepted all over the world, in China it is actively used in the service. It differs from other wolf dogs in greater similarity with the German shepherd.
- Italian wolfdog
In Italy, this breed is protected by the state. Its other name is Lupo Italiano. These dogs are used in search operations, they help to find people under earthquake debris or after an avalanche.
- Northern inuit dog
This unrecognized breed became famous thanks to “Game of Thrones” – these dogs played direwolves. There are several versions of what kind of breeds these dogs came from. They are smart and friendly pets that need proper upbringing.
- Sulimov’s dog
The Russian Cynological Federation (RKF) has officially recognized this breed. It came from crossing the Nenets Laika with the Central Asian jackal. This breed is actively used as service dogs, for example, at the Sheremetyevo airport.
Dogs from left to right: Northern Inuit dog, Sulimov’s dog, Kunming wolfdog
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