What is an American Wolfdog?
The American Wolfdog is a wolfdog which is the most “Wolfish”, physically and behaviorally, compared to all other wolfdogs.
Can you still call them Wolfdogs though?
Yes and no.
Yes, because it is forbidden to keep a pure wolf, and you shouldn’t want to keep one either.
In this case wolves were crossed with a dog, in this way it is possible to have a legal and manageable animal which looks a lot like a wolf. To what extent the wolf is still represented in an AWD it is possible to find out though DNA tests such as the Embark test.
It is used to say “when it looks like a wolf, it acts like a wolf”, which means, the more wolfish a wolfdog looks like, the more it should behave like a wolf.
There are also several AWD crosses (often done with Huskies), in which the wolf appears less than the dog. And in these cases, there can also be behavior issues.
No, because they are very different than the common house dog and are more wolfish than other wolfdogs.
Their behavior and characteristics recall a lot to the wolf, which are mostly the following:
Late hit (in females)
Enter the teenager phase much later and it lasts much longer compared to other dogs
Very energetic until older age
They can work well together
Affectionate but not dependent (behalf for food)
Prefer to live outside with a good shelter, in a natural environment (a garden covered with tiles and a shed and nothing else is no good for them)
They prefer to live in a pack, so the best is if they are minimum 2
A big need for digging (entertainment purposes, making a nice den to lay in or looking for small animals)
To destroy and to readapt the place where they live so that it becomes the way they like it
They can vary from open, reserved, shy until extremely scared characters (it also depends from their background, socialisation and imprinting job from the breeder and buyer, and the place where they live)
Friendly but quite rough with their owners
Very possessive towards food, toys, and females
Don’t create expectations about these dogs, be prepared for the worst, join groups walks, visit other owners, invest lots and lots of time, respect their character and needs and it will not be disappointing.
They are gorgeous to see and wonderful to have, however they are everything but easy.
Once you can offer AWD’s what they need, and when you are prepared to adapt your entire life to them, you will have wonderful Wolfdogs.
Don’t be impulsive with the purchase, inform yourself thoroughly and ask honestly to yourself if you can offer that AWD a great life.
Quite often they need to be rehomed without need, and to find a new house for these animals is really not an easy task, not for the new owner, and mostly not for the animal.
Energy and body language
The impact that our energy and body language have on other people and animals must not be underestimated. Imagine that you are in front of someone who is very angry. Spontaneously you will react on this person’s energy and body language. You might feel the necessity to run away, to get out of this situation, ignore this person or become angry yourself.
Dogs and mostly wolfdogs react much more intensively on body language and on gestures that we show with our face, not being aware of that, than us. If they recognise any minimal sign of hesitation, (wolf)dogs will try to take advantage of it.
If your dog shows undesired behavior, then take a good look at how your own spiritual condition is. If your energy is very high, it will be almost impossible to bring the dog to a calm state. Maybe you are having a bad day, or you are in a bad mood, don’t expect that your dog will be happy to be in your vicinity. It is not easy, but here is a tip to achieve a stable energy state for yourself: just deeply inhale and then slowly and deeply exhale. After a while you will feel your energy stabilizing. You will relax and your dog will calm down as well. You will notice that the calmer you are, the more stable your dog becomes, and the stronger your relationship will become.