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Originally posted by RUFFREADY
and buy lots of frisbies!!
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
I am interested in this topic of wolf/dog hybrids....I am trying to educate myself about them. Not from the standpoint of wanting one as a pet, but rather as a neighbor of someone who owns about 15 or so of them. He states they are Timber Wolf (98%) and I think 2% white shepherd (?).
He does not have fenced land but keeps them chained at all times except when he lets a couple "very tamed ones" off to run around once in a while (like the other day) and one of them came over for a "visit". It came to get a bone from our yard (I have 2 dogs whom I give bones to quite often.)
I have told him I don't want them around because I have a 4 year old daughter who plays in our yard and I don't want to have to think about his wolf/dog threatening or harming her.
My biggest concern is that we don't know the dogs and he assures me that my daughter is completely safe if it ever comes over in to our yard. He bets his life on the "fact" that his dog would NEVER harm a flea.
He says the horror stories that are heard about wolf/dog hybrids are from Grey Wolf not Timber Wolf and that his wolves are not at all unpredictable....
For any of you experienced with wolf hybrids, can you help educate me about this?
I have no experience with wolf hybrid dogs, but i have experience with dogs. The problem with your nieghbor saying that he bets his life on it is that he's not, he's betting your daughters life on it. You may want to check and see if they have any ordinances in your area concerning these hybrids. They may have an ordinance stating that they must be fenced in, or kept in a pen. I would think that just because of the amount of dogs that he owns he should have a fenced in yard, is he breeding them?
If i was you i'd fence in my yard simply for the safety of your daughter and your dogs also. Dogs are pack animals, as are wolves. They have a hierarchy in thier pack. Your dogs may see your daughter as being above them in the pack order, but your nieghbors dogs won't regardless of wether they have wolf in them or not. If she wanders to close to thier territory they may attack her. If they come into your yard they may still attack her or your dogs,especially if they come over a couple at a time as they will be with their pack.
There is always a risk that a dog will attack, especially with young children who tend to run & scream in a high pitch while playing. The wolf part of your nieghbors dogs may see this behaviour of a child as the behaviour of prey, or as aggression and attack. A plain old dog may have the same reaction, depending on the dog.
I also don't believe that it's very a very good idea to keep a dog chained up at all times ( personally i would never chain a dog up,rather put up a fence, or pen where the can run), i seriously doubt that it's a good idea to do to a wolf.
It doesn't seem like your nieghbor is very responsible concerning his dogs, simply because you have asked him to keep his dogs out of your yard and he seems to be ignoring your wishes. While you are right to believe that it is his responsibilty to keep his dogs out of your yard, since he has no respect for your wishes it seems that you may have to be the responsible one and fence in your yard. Better for you to put up the fence than for your daughter to be harmed, or worse.
Originally posted by RUFFREADY
but, its still nothing like a good watch cat!!