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Dangerous Dog Alert: Wolf Hybrids More Likely To Bite

The population of wolf hybrid dogs has increased significantly in recent years, with experts estimating that over one million of the pets are living in the United States currently. But are wolf hybrids safe? Many think that the wolf-dog mixes are more prone to dog bites, dog attacks, and dog maulings than other types of more domesticated animals.

Research done on wolf hybrids have concluded that no amount of socialization or training may be sufficient to make all of wolf hybrids safe to keep as pets. While some wolf hybrids are docile and non-aggressive, a higher percentage of wolf hybrids are likely to be dangerous and prone to attack humans and other animals. In fact, dog bite statistics show that wolf-dogs hold the sixth position in dog bite fatalities by breed.

Why are wolf hybrids gaining popularity despite their dangers? Many think that people are drawn to their novelty and to their majesty. However, many states are banning the animals in an effort to control dog bite rates and keep residents safe from aggressive animals. While wild wolves almost never attack humans, wolf-dog hybrids kill an estimated one dozen people each decade.

•    In Greentown, Indiana, a seven-year-old Devin Dewitt was attacked by two wolf hybrids owned by his family. He needed surgery to repair the injuries on his chest, arms, and face.
•    In Saginwaw, Michigan, a two-year-old girl lost her finger after sticking her hand into a wolf hybrid pen.
•    In Ishpeming, Michigan, a five-year-old was mauled to death by a relative’s wolf hybrid that was adopted out from the local animal shelter.
•    In Wayne, Michigan, a two-year-old boy was killed after wandering too close to a chained wolf hybrid.
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What to Do if You're Attacked

  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Take photographs of the wounds
  • Call 911 or animal control to report the incident
  • Take photographs of the dog (if it's safe to do so)
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