Misrepresentation Kills

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portraits-of-america:

     “I got both of them from local shelters. When I got her in 2006, the staff told me she was a shepherd husky. I go to the dog park, I’m meeting people with shepherd husky mixes, and they look nothing like her. I get in my car, I’m driving, I look in the rearview mirror, I see these eyes and I’m like, I’ve got a wolf in my car. Then, when she was 10-months old, there was a shepherd breeder and trainer in the dog park, and at the end of the lesson, the trainer came up to me and asked, ‘What kind of dog is that?’ And I’m thinking, Shepherd husky. You should know, you are a breeder. She said, ‘That’s a wolf.’”  
Bethlehem, PA

First of all, it is illegal to own a pure wolf in Pennsylvania. Second of all, it is illegal to own a wolfdog without a permit.
Luckily for the owner, however, I suspect their dogs are neither of the above.
(Remember kids, if it doesn’t look “just like” a wolf, it is NOT a wolf!)
Furthermore, there are politics behind “wolfdogs” as shelter dogs (addressed here). Simply put, if the shelter had suspected the dogs had a drop of wolf in them, they probably wouldn’t have ever made it to the adoption floor.
As for the owner, they are a classic case of uneducated, going on to misrepresent. Simply put, they are trying to pass off their dogs as wolves, when they are not.
In their mind, their dogs can only be one of two things: shepherd/husky mixes or… wolves. Well, I agree with them to some extent: I do not believe either of their dogs are shepherd/husky mixes. Unlike them, however, I understand that there are hundreds of other breeds that the dogs could be (as opposed to being pure wolves).
The dog on the left looks like a German Shepherd/Alaskan Malamute mix to me. The coloration, ears, face all seem very German Shepherd in appearance. I suspect the thick coat, short and thick legs, build, large paws, etc, are from Malamute influence. So yes, not a shepherd/husky mix, but also not a wolf.
The dog on the right looks quite a bit like a Husky, but could possibly have some Malamute in it as well. The defined mask, small paws, “dog-like” appearance, etc, are all, well, dog traits. So… also not a wolf.
In terms of the breeder/trainer, lo and behold, breeders and trainers don’t know everything. (Shocking, huh?) Assuming they bred German Shepherds for a living, they probably wouldn’t know much about dogs beyond German Shepherds (including huskies/malamutes/wolfdogs/wolves, etc). Like the owner, they probably assumed that the dogs could be one of two things: a German Shepherd (which they probably specialize in) or a non-German Shepherd (in this case, a “wolf”).
It’s important to remember that there are literally hundreds and hundreds of dog breeds out there - many of which look very “wolf-like” in appearance, despite being 100% dog. Just because a dog may look “wolfy” does NOT mean it is a wolf or a wolfdog. Promoting this kind of ideology isn’t just damaging to actual wolves, wolfdogs and wolfy-looking dogs, it’s dangerous.

portraits-of-america:

     “I got both of them from local shelters. When I got her in 2006, the staff told me she was a shepherd husky. I go to the dog park, I’m meeting people with shepherd husky mixes, and they look nothing like her. I get in my car, I’m driving, I look in the rearview mirror, I see these eyes and I’m like, I’ve got a wolf in my car. Then, when she was 10-months old, there was a shepherd breeder and trainer in the dog park, and at the end of the lesson, the trainer came up to me and asked, ‘What kind of dog is that?’ And I’m thinking, Shepherd husky. You should know, you are a breeder. She said, ‘That’s a wolf.’” 

Bethlehem, PA

First of all, it is illegal to own a pure wolf in Pennsylvania. Second of all, it is illegal to own a wolfdog without a permit.

Luckily for the owner, however, I suspect their dogs are neither of the above.

(Remember kids, if it doesn’t look “just like” a wolf, it is NOT a wolf!)

Furthermore, there are politics behind “wolfdogs” as shelter dogs (addressed here). Simply put, if the shelter had suspected the dogs had a drop of wolf in them, they probably wouldn’t have ever made it to the adoption floor.

As for the owner, they are a classic case of uneducated, going on to misrepresent. Simply put, they are trying to pass off their dogs as wolves, when they are not.

In their mind, their dogs can only be one of two things: shepherd/husky mixes or… wolves. Well, I agree with them to some extent: I do not believe either of their dogs are shepherd/husky mixes. Unlike them, however, I understand that there are hundreds of other breeds that the dogs could be (as opposed to being pure wolves).

The dog on the left looks like a German Shepherd/Alaskan Malamute mix to me. The coloration, ears, face all seem very German Shepherd in appearance. I suspect the thick coat, short and thick legs, build, large paws, etc, are from Malamute influence. So yes, not a shepherd/husky mix, but also not a wolf.

The dog on the right looks quite a bit like a Husky, but could possibly have some Malamute in it as well. The defined mask, small paws, “dog-like” appearance, etc, are all, well, dog traits. So… also not a wolf.

In terms of the breeder/trainer, lo and behold, breeders and trainers don’t know everything. (Shocking, huh?) Assuming they bred German Shepherds for a living, they probably wouldn’t know much about dogs beyond German Shepherds (including huskies/malamutes/wolfdogs/wolves, etc). Like the owner, they probably assumed that the dogs could be one of two things: a German Shepherd (which they probably specialize in) or a non-German Shepherd (in this case, a “wolf”).

It’s important to remember that there are literally hundreds and hundreds of dog breeds out there - many of which look very “wolf-like” in appearance, despite being 100% dog. Just because a dog may look “wolfy” does NOT mean it is a wolf or a wolfdog. Promoting this kind of ideology isn’t just damaging to actual wolves, wolfdogs and wolfy-looking dogs, it’s dangerous.

0notheamericanaverage0 asked: I'd like to ask that you stop having young kids, let's say the one who's 17 and wants to be a porn star, on Instagram. Stop going around and harassing people on their photos. Not all times is it the owners fault that they were told the dog was high content or any at all. Our dog timber came from a wolf sanctuary in montana where we are from. He is low content and I even stated so as well that he is only 8 months old and still a puppy. I know about my dog I have no need to lie.

I can assure you that I do not have any children, let alone a 17 year old who aspires to work in adult entertainment.

I haven’t had the time or energy to post original content on this blog for quite some time now. Regardless, I have never “harassed” anyone regarding their photos.

Furthermore, I don’t think I’ve ever reblogged from you?

I’m actually really confused - is someone pretending to be me? My only wolfdog accounts are non-wolfdogs on Tumblr and nonwolfdogs on Instagram (inactive).

dauntlessdaughterofmary:

speedrumbler:

Pomsky pup. They stay this size. They are 3,000$ & I need one 😍 🐾 #pomsky #pomeranian #husky #puppy #small #3granddoe

that is most likely just a malamute (or husky) puppy
if someone is selling them for $3k they are definitely ripping you off b/c designer dogs are just mixed breed mutts anyway. there is no science or responsibility in breeding different types of dogs together. there is no such thing as a “pomsky” (it’s not a breed) and i doubt there are very many actual intentional pomeranian-husky mixes. another clue: saying “they stay this size.” without several generations of [skilled/responsible] breeding, the results of a pomeranian and husky cross would probably not have consistent size in every litter/breeding pair
i’m guessing non-wolfdogs or animalwelfarists could say more about this

It is biologically impossible for a dog to stay its birth weight and size all its life. Even the tiniest dogs (eg. Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, etc) will grow bigger and heavier. Plus, the photo is of a Finnish Lapphund puppy.
There are ”Pomsky” breeders out there, but legitimate “Pomskies” (aka “real” ones) are similar to the Alaskan Klee Kai (also a Husky/Pomeranian mix). In other words: “real” Pomskies do not look like fluffy Malamute puppies all their lives. Instead, they look like smaller Huskies.

(Photo is of an Alaskan Klee Kai, but is, in essence, what a “real” Pomsky looks like).

dauntlessdaughterofmary:

speedrumbler:

Pomsky pup. They stay this size. They are 3,000$ & I need one 😍 🐾 #pomsky #pomeranian #husky #puppy #small #3granddoe

that is most likely just a malamute (or husky) puppy

if someone is selling them for $3k they are definitely ripping you off b/c designer dogs are just mixed breed mutts anyway. there is no science or responsibility in breeding different types of dogs together. there is no such thing as a “pomsky” (it’s not a breed) and i doubt there are very many actual intentional pomeranian-husky mixes. another clue: saying “they stay this size.” without several generations of [skilled/responsible] breeding, the results of a pomeranian and husky cross would probably not have consistent size in every litter/breeding pair

i’m guessing non-wolfdogs or animalwelfarists could say more about this

It is biologically impossible for a dog to stay its birth weight and size all its life. Even the tiniest dogs (eg. Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, etc) will grow bigger and heavier. Plus, the photo is of a Finnish Lapphund puppy.

There are ”Pomsky” breeders out there, but legitimate “Pomskies” (aka “real” ones) are similar to the Alaskan Klee Kai (also a Husky/Pomeranian mix). In other words: “real” Pomskies do not look like fluffy Malamute puppies all their lives. Instead, they look like smaller Huskies.

(Photo is of an Alaskan Klee Kai, but is, in essence, what a “real” Pomsky looks like).

unlimitedsexting asked: do you have any pictures of for-sure coydogs? all of the 'coydogs' i've seen look like small gsd mixes to be honest, and it'd be really cool if i could have some examples to go by. thanks!

Here is my “actual coydog” tag but I am not super great at tagging, so I suspect there may be more floating around somewhere on this blog untagged.

While not as massively misrepresented as wolfdogs (because of rarity and/or stigma*), there is still some misrepresentation regarding coydogs. (Spoiler: if it doesn’t have any “coyote” traits, it’s probably not a coydog. Furthermore, legitimate coydog breeders are very, very rare).

*I think the general consensus is:
- wolves = cool, wild, majestic
- coyotes = sneaky, pests

Hope this helps!

Edit: If any followers of mine know of any (actual) coydogs, let me know!

animalwelfarists:

fuckyeahanimalwelfare:

There are backyard breeders and reputable breeders for any animal you might be going through a breeder for (this includes birds, reptiles, and small animals!). Make sure you know how to tell them apart.
Dogs:
Defining and Finding A Responsible Breeder
Finding a responsible breeder
Reputable Breeder vs Backyard Breeder
Responsible Breeders vs. Backyard Breeders
What to Know About Reputable vs. Backyard Breeding 
What is a Backyard Breeder?
Finding a responsible breeder
Choosing a Breeder
Cats:
Registered vs Backyard Breeders

Bringing this back, because I see some people here are incredibly ignorant about the difference between a backyard breeder and a reputable breeder.
- Dark

animalwelfarists:

fuckyeahanimalwelfare:

There are backyard breeders and reputable breeders for any animal you might be going through a breeder for (this includes birds, reptiles, and small animals!). Make sure you know how to tell them apart.

Dogs:

Defining and Finding A Responsible Breeder

Finding a responsible breeder

Reputable Breeder vs Backyard Breeder

Responsible Breeders vs. Backyard Breeders

What to Know About Reputable vs. Backyard Breeding

What is a Backyard Breeder?

Finding a responsible breeder

Choosing a Breeder

Cats:

Registered vs Backyard Breeders

Bringing this back, because I see some people here are incredibly ignorant about the difference between a backyard breeder and a reputable breeder.

- Dark

Anonymous asked: came across this IG account when browsing the wolfdog tag, which is mostly dogs, but a few dogs that actually looked like wolfdogs popped up from the account wolvinhearts2. Wanted a second opinion, legitimate account?

yourdogisnotawolf:

This is the account.

Yep! Those are wolfdogs for sure!

Minus the German Shepherd, Akita and Nala the mix, all of the animals on there appear to be wolfdogs. Of course I didn’t study every single image for 10 minutes so when there’s one more that isn’t I’m going to get a nasty message but that’s fine.

They have some beautiful animals though!

Wolvinhearts2 is a volunteer at Howling Woods Farm (a wolfdog sanctuary/rescue) in Jackson, New Jersey. All of the animals you see are rescues, and most of them are wolfdogs (they still acquire some Huskies/GSDs/dog mixes every now and again).

Many of these (wolf)dogs are also up for adoption.

demowolf:

We were at unofficial dog shows, heres photos from both 2 shows :)
Foxi is allready big man and he is still growing.

Gorgeous!

Some examples of “wolfy”-looking, long-legged non-wolfdogs.

Despite their long legs and wolfishly good looks, none of these dogs are wolfdogs. They are, however, Alaskan Huskies (mixed breed dogs) bred for racing and are most likely some mix of Siberian Husky, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and Greyhound.

Unsurprisingly, they also look “just like” many of the “part wolf” dogs you see available for purchase from breeders on ad sites.

(They are also urgently seeking a home in Quebec with transport available to Ontario.)

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wherehorsesmeetdogs:

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View a list of In Harmony with Nature’s adoptable animals here.