Welcome to ‘The Wolfdog Blog’

What is ‘The Wolfdog Blog’?

Well, basically it is just that….a blog about Wolfdogs :)

We share our home, lives and hearts with Tuchena and Zephyr, (as well as our two Labradors; Hendrix & Otis) and on the ‘blog’ section of the site I share what it is like for us living in the UK with two Wolfdogs in a domestic setting.

It’s not always easy, they are (in my opinion) not great ‘pets’ for most people, they are demanding both physically and  mentally and there have been many occasions when I have been reduced to tears over the last few years.

However, the hard work, patience, calmness and perseverance that they teach you are valuable lessons in understanding dogs. If you are willing to learn, then the reward of the bond that you create with them is like no other.

 Tuchena 22.04.2011image

Tuchena is a cross between a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog (50%), a Saarloos Wolfdog (25%) and a Northern Inuit (25%). She has lived with us since she was 4 months old.

imageZephyr 10.10.2012

Zephyr is a Timber Wolf Hybrid, with the dog part of him being pure Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. He has lived with us since he was 8 months old.

What Else?

Education and socialisation are key in owning any dog. I will list local events on the ‘Events’ page, I will even arrange events if I think that there is a need for them to take place locally.

Also, having 4 dogs, we get through a lot of equipment…toys, leads, collars, harnesses, books, webinars….you name it, we have tried it. I will be reviewing these and publishing my findings on the ‘Reviews’ page.

….and finally….

You know Little Red Riding Hood was a liar right??? I am going to take a look at the reputation of wolves and prove her wrong. Look out for some myth busting on the ‘In Defence of Wolves’ page.

 Thanks for taking the time to pop by, I hope you like what you see!

13 thoughts on “Welcome to ‘The Wolfdog Blog’

  1. Hi there!
    I came across your blog via google and was shocked to see how much my Czech wolf Chester looks like your little one!
    Would love to exchange pictures and thoughts about the breed if you are? He’s sensational. Just today we were shopping and had loads of people asking to take photographs of him! He’s a year old now and lazy as ever (but when he runs, jeez he can run!).
    Where in the world are you, if you don’t mind my asking?

    Chloe

    • It depends on which generation they are, in the UK they are only legal to own as pets from 3rd generation away from a wolf, and also on the individual animal. Some are more wolf like in behaviour than others and some look more wolf like, but can behave more dog. Luck of the draw I guess…depending on which you prefer!

  2. Your blog interests me for various reasons, one is the fact that we know so little about dogs and their amazing capabilities. And Bob (of decidinglybob) believes he is a wolf, we believe he is part wolf and part human. Ellie though, is the main reason I will follow your site with interest. She is part husky and part border collie which means from day one she was: nuts – crazy. Boundless energy and a love for making mischief. Her job, which she loves is Search and Rescue. So you see I have many reasons for following your blog as I am always on the lookout for advice about equipment, diet, etc.
    Maria

  3. Hi,
    my name is Michel, i am from Lebanon (Middle East);
    i actually have a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog since 1 year (on 7 January);
    He is an amazing dog and its been an ups and downs with him;
    at 4 Months, i put him on full schedule training, obedience, advance obedience, protection and agility;
    he is now back home where i have a big garden;
    This is a summary of the story :-)
    My issue is that there are no other Wolfdogs in Lebanon such as this one, literally, as very rare people know about this beautiful breed; i didn’t know until i searched for it;
    So, my questions would be that, i have no idea what his behaviors mean whenever he does something;
    Of course i have known him for a year so i have learned a lot about him but dont have any reference of someone already owning this breed for a longer period than i have;
    For example, he is very sociable, whoever he sees walking, he wants to go and sniff him or greet them, that is only is he is not on my heel when walking with me;
    Usually, that is when is on “free” which is a command i give him for being free basically;
    Is that normal for him to be sociable that much?
    Another concern is whenever he is around dogs, he is playful with them even when the other dog start growling at him and almost bit him;
    he didn’t even try to defend himself, he does have a basic protection but i guess that is only against “aggressive humans” and for protecting me;
    Is that normal too?
    Actually an event just happened yesterday when walking with him, a small dog in size but older than him was around, so he went to him to play and this dog started growling heavily and almost bit him;
    The other dog was about 3-4 years old and mine is almost 1 year;
    Is that a factor for the smaller but older dog to be aggressive?

    Appreciate your experience on this and comments;
    Thanks
    Michel Haddad

    • Hi Michel,
      I think wolfdogs sociability, playfulness, inquisitiveness, submissiveness etc vary from dog to dog, as they do in other breeds. My two are very different, one is brave and one very timid…..but both very intelligent!
      Thanks for getting in touch 😊

  4. Hey lovely wolves, I started to feel like I’m part of your pack when I started to understand BALTO himself. please continue wolf dog sales please. with several books and movies it’s resolving steps that they’ve taught my granddaughter. My granddaughter gets quite dreamy about wolves like she can’t get them out of her mind, but she feels like they’re leading her to a good place, like they’re helping her discover who she is. she’d sure rescue one wolf/ wolf dog at a time if she wasn’t a special education girl, their attitude is clear to her. And she knows special needs animals don’t feel that different from how special education people with disabilities feel, she matches BALTO by values in his movies.

    sincerely dear wolves my granddaughter would love to protect you and your cousins if her disabilities didn’t block her chance of living this emotional dream of hers, sorry it’s also that her disabilities make it unaffordable but you’re in her heart wolves and wolf dogs. We wish you a nice increase of true friends dear wolves. You’re my granddaughter’s very favorite animal she’s done numerous drawings of you.

  5. Hi. I had two young dogs, well socialized, one a pure (?) bred GSD that I stumbled upon as a pup, courtesy of the litter of a friend of a friend’s GSD pair. Then I rescued a true mutt as a companion for my GSD. And THEN I came across (at the dog park) a very skittish and very large, long-haired GSD that over time (he was right on a year old when I met him) clearly was not in the right family setting for various reasons. Well, eventually, the owners told me they had to give him up . . . and I took him in partially because I was mesmerized by his extremely good looks (but also by then he was warming up to me). Wow! What a problem this dog has been! Then the former owners, who got him when he was about 4 months old, informed me that he was a wolf hybrid, and that at four months, he had contracted parvo. They couldn’t afford to hospitalize him, and so they were instructed by the vet how to administer treatment. He survived. It’s amazing to me that people would take on the job of caring for such a demanding pet and yet not be able to afford it. They couldn’t afford his inoculations, so they lapsed.

    He is by far the most difficult pet I’ve ever been associated with, but I love him to death and he is now a part of the family. Fortunately, he accepted our two well-socialized dogs with no problem, and they, him. He is EXTREMELY nervous around strangers, but quickly warms up to people once he knows them. The bigger the stranger, the worse his issues with them. Males, more than females, adults WAY more than children (he doesn’t seem to have ANY problem with kids). He seems to immediately know when he is meeting a person (vet, trainer) who is authoritative and about to do something to him that he doesn’t like. This is when he is most aggressive. I have always had him muzzled under those circumstances (I took time to get him to like his muzzle and not be intimidated when I put if on him). It seems like he went into full bite mode when meeting with the vet a couple of times and when meeting with a trainer a couple of times, and both of these were totally–to me–unintimidating smallish women. Fortunately, the muzzle prevented any possible mauling.

    He has nipped three people–including me, early on–and that indicates a totally different sort of behavior. Nervousness around males. Now, he has bonded completely with me, and with my wife and a small group family members. I don’t know if he’s a wolf hybrid or not, really. Some behaviors seem to indicate that; some seem counter-indicative. He is now very well adjusted within his “pack,” and is a VERY loving and trustable “puppy” (he’s 18 months old, going on 8 months old!). He is as obedient to commands as my other two. Sit, down, stay, are a piece of cake for him. The former owners also taught him to “shake” (hands), a command I have always thought superfluous. The former owner assures me he knows other tricks, like “circling,” but I am not interested in those . . . but it seems to me to indicate how easily trainable he is.

    I am inclined to think, as others have thought, that he has some wolf in him . . . but why, then, is he only distrustful of adult strangers and quite accommodating with small children?

    (You probably weren’t expecting a “Howl” as long as Allen Ginsberg’s famous poem! Sorry.)

    –Denys

    • Hi Denys, some of the behaviours you describe sound very much like Zephyr. He is very wary of strangers, even more so if they come to our home, he will just hide….usually at the other end of the garden, watching with interest from a distance!
      Wolfdogs in the UK are quite different to those in the US, I think you guys have a possibility of much higher wolf content.
      I love watching their behaviour, if you have the patience (and it sounds like you do) they can teach you more than any other dog I believe!
      Good luck with your journey!

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