Dangerous Dog Alert: Wolf Hybrids More Likely to Bite

Couple of gray wolfdog and swiss white shepheard posing in spring parkThe population of wolf hybrid dogs has increased significantly in recent years, with experts estimating that over one million 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 has concluded that no amount of socialization or training may be sufficient to make all of the 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.

Which Dogs Are Wolf Hybrids?

Wolf hybrids are dogs that are a cross between a domestic dog and a gray wolf. Some examples of breeds that may have wolf hybrid ancestry include the Alaskan Malamute, the Siberian Husky, and the German Shepherd.

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