15 Most Hated Dog Breeds of All Time
The Wolfdog, which is also known as a Wolf-dog hybrid, is feared for its wild appearance and natural instincts. This breed includes dogs that have any wolf heritage within the last five generations of its line. That means some may be more “wolf” than others.
Wolf hybrids tend to be less predictable than their domestic or wolf relatives. It’s difficult to know the temperament of the pup until it grows up. This unpredictability makes it a risky breed to own, especially for the inexperienced, and also fortifies the general dislike many have for it.
While dogs are domesticated animals, wolves are not. Combining the two can cause issues should the pup grow up around people. Anyone who owns a Wolfdog hybrid should be aware of the risks and understand how to safely manage their pet. This breed should never be left alone with small children, even if the dog seems friendly. Its natural instincts can kick in and cause an unexpected reaction in some situations.
The problem with the Wolfdog’s unpredictability is that it’s almost impossible to counteract. With other breeds you can determine ways to raise the dog so it doesn’t have certain behavioral issues. Good socializing and obedience training should be a high priority, but even then you cannot be 100% certain a Wolfdog will never bite.
While most dogs fall under the 250 to 300 pound bite force mark, the average wild wolf can manage a whopping 406 pounds. That amount will vary in a hybrid based on its heritage and individual capability, but that still gives it the potential to cause serious harm in a confrontation.
According to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2000, Wolfdog hybrids killed 14 people between 1979 and 1998. That’s relatively low considering the stats related to other breeds, and the count may be higher because there were 15 deaths due to mixed or unknown breeds.
While the Wolfdog makes a unique and attractive pet for some, it’s important to remember that it is more closely related to the wild than domestic breeds, and should be carefully monitored and kept out of potentially risky situations.