Country of OriginUnknown
Nicknames and Other NamesNone
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHybrid Dog
GroupGuard Dog
Bred ForWolf-like Dog
Recognized ByNone
Life Span13-16 Years
Ideal Weight60-120 Pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height25-33 Incehs (male and female)
Fur TypeDense, Soft, Medium-length
Common ColorsAgouti, Black, Gray
MarkingsBlack Markings, White Markings
AvailabilityRarely Available
AchievementsServed as a Police Dog,
Rescue Dog, Fire Dog
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToCzechoslovakian Wolfdog

The Wolfdog is a hybrid that is bred by mating domestic dogs with the grey wolf. About 1500 years ago, the first domesticated dogs were wolves and today’s dog are the subspecies of wolves. This made it possible to cross domesticated dogs and wolves.

While breeding a hybrid, the breeder mostly selects a dog that is a less aggressive, less territorial, and friendly dog which have ideal traits.

Wolfdog has a muscular, strong, and bold appearance. They are not recommended as a pet in the house as they cannot be controlled and handled by any novice or little experienced person. They need extremely experienced people with a high level of energy.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Wolfdog is independent, smart, energetic, and curious. The temperament is unpredictable of a hybrid but they are very territorial and can be aggressive with other dogs. So, only a very experienced and devoted dog owner should own this hybrid.

Behavior: Wolfdog is a very alert and energetic dog breed that is highly alert of the activities going on in the surrounding. Do not leave them off-leash as they might get aggressive if they see someone crossing their territory. It is safe to keep them in a fenced yard or on a leash while also taking them on a hike, jogging or running to meet their physical activities.

Personality: The personality of the Wolfdog is affectionate, playful and gentle with the family but suspicious and aggressive towards strangers. They are not best suited with other pets in the house, so any small or big pets is not recommended with the wolfdog.

A Wolfdog with its master
A Wolfdog with its master.
Image Source: Vancouver Courier


Training Wolfdog needs lots of patience and consistency. They cannot be trained by any trainer and need a consistent and positive method of training. They are very independent that works in a pack.

If you fail to establish a leadership upon them at an early age, they will become your leader which will make it difficult to handle them. Do not repeat the same commands and instructions as they might get bored and will not focus on the training.

Is Wolfdog Child-Friendly?

The Wolfdog is not recommended in a house with children as they are large-sized and a wolf-mixed hybrid. Their kind of temperament is not suitable for children. Always keep them on a leash while taking them out as there might be children around. Supervise them and train them on their aggression.

A boy posing with a Wolfdog
A boy posing with a Wolfdog.
Image Source: Instagram-@wolves_mountain


  • Many Wolfdog has served as a police dog, fire dog, rescue dog and many more.
  • They tend to howl a lot than bark, so be prepared for loud noises if you are considering keeping a Wolfdog.
  • They are illegal to keep Wolfdog as a pet in all the 50 states of the United States.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Heartworm, Bloat
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus, Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis,
Canine Distemper, Kennel Cough
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingModerate Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialModerate
Separation AnxietyLow
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 30%
Fat: 10%

The Wolfdog is naturally a healthy dog breed that can inherit a few of the following genetic health problems:

  • Heartworm: It is a group of a parasite which is called filariasis. They are found in the right heart chamber and pulmonary arteries of your infected dog. The heart filled with worms interfere with the normal function of the organ, so take your dog to a vet immediately.
  • Hip Dysplasia: The condition in which the hip joint of your dog is either underdeveloped or dislocated from its original place is called hip dysplasia. It causes a sharp pain on the back of your dog which makes movement difficult.


The Wolfdog comes in the following colors:

  • White and Black
  • Grizzled sable
  • Yellow-Grey
  • Silver-Grey


Wolf Dog Puppy
Adorable little Wolf Dog Puppy.
Image Source: The Spruce Pets

Cost: The average cost of the Wolfdog puppy is between $800-$1200 USD.


Height: The average height of the Wolfdog is between 25-33 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Wolfdog puppy is between 60-120 pounds.

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