(Courtesy of www.wolfenkennel.com - United States American Wolf
“Wolves and wolf hybrids are not the pet for everyone. They
must be contained in a secure pen because they can be escape artists.
Caution must be used with small children – these animals play
rough and often cannot be taught to inhibit their rough behaviour.
They are also very protective of food and possessions. Most states
require permits for these animals and in some states they cannot be
owned at all.
We enjoy wolf dogs – they are sensitive, intelligent and affectionate.
They are naturally hardy and are rarely prone to health problems or
Have we convinced you that wolf dog ownership is not for you?”
A wolf hybrid is the “creation” of a new species.
Canis Lupus and Canis Familiaris – the wolf and the dog –
once mixed, one creates a hybrid. Wolf dogs are VERY special animals,
with specialised needs that require more attention and work than an
ordinary domestic dog
The Lupus Foundation is against hybridising. It is not the animal
– but rather the potential owners – that we have a problem
with. NOT ALL hybrid owners are aware of the animals needs, nor
are they sufficiently knowledgeable on the subject of wolves or
hybrids when they purchase these animals.
In the end, it is the animal that suffers!
Usually by the time the animal has out-grown the “cute puppy”
stage, the owners realise that they have a “difficult”
animal on their hands. Not knowing what to do with them, they are
usually “farmed out” to unsuspecting new owners, euthanaised
Help us to prevent further hybridising in South Africa. Help us
keep the genetic strain of the wolves that are in South Africa –
pure. Teach your children the dangers of removing an animal from
its natural habitat. Show them the sad pictures of animals that
have to live out their lives in cages – because of OUR actions.
Tell your friends and any potential hybrid buyer of the dedication,
love and extremely hard work that is required in order to meet this
animals needs. Spread the word! The more the public are aware of
the dangers of owning a hybrid, the sooner we can cut or slow down
the “gravy train” the cross breeders are on.