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Wolf Hybrid Pictures

Wolf / Domestic Dog Cross

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A Wolf hybrid puppy is laying on a rug across from a tan Wolf Husky. Both dogs have thick coats and blue eyes.

"Avalanche is 4.5 weeks old and a low-content Timber Wolf / Husky mix (left). Loki is 9 weeks old and a mid-content Arctic and Timber Wolf / Husky mix (right). Avalanche is the howler and most feisty of our new pack. When taking my weekly pictures, Loki wanted to join in and started kissing the puppies. Avalanche did not want to be kissed by Loki; this picture was taken right after Loki kissed him and Avalanche growled at Loki. I love the eye contact of this photo!"

As of about 1990 the correct term for a mix of a wolf and a domestic dog is “wolfdog.” The dog was reclassified as a sub-species of wolf (canis lupus familiaris) and as such, it is impossible to have a hybrid as they are two of the same species. Although technically incorrect, the term "hybrid" is still used by many, particularly when it comes to mixing two purebred domestic dogs.

It was brought to our attention by some wolfdog fanciers that there are many animals out there that are claimed to be wolfdogs but are actually Nordic-type dog mixes. Apparently some are pictured inside this section. We made the decision to keep this wolf hybrid section as a comparison with the dogs that have been proven to be true wolfdogs. You can see some examples at Non-Wolfdogs: Mistaken Identity.

The Dog Breed Info Center® is not claiming the dogs in this section are not true wolfdogs. We would like you to do your own comparison between this wolf hybrid section and our proven wolfdog section. There are many dogs in shelters that are killed because they look like wolves when they are actually Nordic-type dogs, such as a Husky or Malamute mix. Falsely labeling animals as wolfdogs in shelters can be detrimental. Nordic dogs are being killed and wolfdogs are not going to the proper rescues where there are people who know how to deal with them.