Originally Posted by CreamyGoodness
Are wolfdogs goofy and cuddly when they spend time with people, or do you have to constantly keep them active and remind the of their place in the pack?
We have a couple of low content wolfdogs that are pretty freindly. They can be trusted around children and adults without issue. Nyx (the girl on the bottom of the photo) is one of them.
There are several others here that we do not allow children under 12 around at all, and generally can not be trusted with strangers. Venus (the girl at the top in the photo) is one of these. She is very timid around strangers, and if cornered will aggress. If she is with the rest of the pack, especially with Khan (the big wolfypoo in my avatar) and Damon they will stalk small people and animals. We have seen on two occasions where this group has acted as in the wild...use your imagination, only small wild game animals crossing our property were involved.
Wolfdogs can be good companions, but they are hard to evaluate as cubs to determine if they will be ok in a family. The best bet is to get one that is F3+ (F3, F4, F5 etc) as these tend to be more domesticated no matter the percentage.
As far as "work" os concerned...I am a behaviorist, my wife is a vet tech. We run a rescue, and boarding/training facility. We find it easy to deal with wolfdogs. That being said, we have taken in and readopted out a lot of wolfdogs because they are to much work for the average family.
A low content wolfdog will be very destructive, may be an escape artist, might have a prey drive, should be ok in most situations a "normal " dog can handle.
A mid content wolfdog will be very destructive, will be an escape artist, will likely have a prey drive (hopefully) limited to small animals, may be ok in most low stress situations a normal dog can handle
A high content wolfdog will be extraordinarily destructive, will be an amazing escape artist, will have a prey drive that has no limits as to size or species, will not do well at all in any strange situation...basically an animal you would expect to see in a zoo. Basically a hand grenade in the wrong situation....
I have covered several cases of high content wolfdogs killing livestock, aggressing towards humans etc. They are not a companion to be taken llightly, and need constant engagement to keep them out of trouble.