Wolves are beautiful, I think we can all agree on that. But have you ever thought about the trend of wolves as pets? Now, trend is a good word to use for it because it's not exactly, well, socially acceptable to have a pet wolf. But Jared Leto, actor and lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars, has a pet wolf named Judas. Yep, a wolf!
However, most people who own wolves as pets actually own wolf-hybrids. These are common enough in families, as there are actually breeders who breed and sell wolf hybrids, like wolf-husky mixes. And while these very pretty mixes can make owning one very tempting, there's a lot more that goes into owning a wolf than you know!
"Wolfdogs" are the common name for Wolf-Dog hybrids, and while the most common mix is wolf-husky, other mixes can exist, too. You have to remember that being half wolf means that your dog still has that "wild" nature in them. It's true that they've been domesticated, but it's very hard for pack animals like wolves to completely abandon their nature.
Wolves and dogs may look alike, but it doesn't mean they act alike. They have very different personalities when it comes to things like socializing. While domestic dogs have lived together with people for basically the last 10,000 years, wolves, not so much. They've spent that same amount of time as wild animals. They lived on their own and had to learn how to hunt and fight, something that domestic dogs have never really known. Mixing them with dogs will do nothing to "erase" their instinct. They still have it!
So why, then is this fad of "Wolf-Dogs" rising? Maybe it's Jared Leto and his wolf-dogs, or maybe it's just our society's fascination with wolves. But either way, here's some reasons why you shouldn't make a Wolf-Dog your next furry best friend:
Wolves are beautiful, and dogs are adorable. So let's stick to it by admiring wolves in sanctuaries or the wild and letting them be! Dogs are meant to be our furry best friend, and wolves, while striking, are happiest in the wild.