Wolfdog Prejudices

The photo above makes me smile because I am sure this is the same look I give my husband <G>
Sadly it is the same image many have in their mind when they think of a Wolfdog.

To say all Wolfdogs are bad would be a stereotype, if you excluded a well mannered wolfdog 
from an event as a result of that stereotype, then that is prejudice.

If your a Wolfdog owner, you will no doubt receive attention, and much of it might be negative. 
Your choice of canine will be attacked by persons who are intolerant of any opinions differing from their own.
How are you going to handle it?

Below is just one of the inane comments I received. I have replaced the word "Wolfdog" with "Dog" as the statement could apply to any dog...
"Available anywhere are pages and pages of incidents of dog attacks on children and they involve deaths and severe mutilations. In every case the dog owner had no clue which really explains the problem when you think about it.
Shelters get most of these statistics because we are the ones that get to euthanize dogs that should have never been created."
  • Any canine is capable of causing harm to children, under this premise all canines should never be bred 
    (Welcome to PETA)
  • Saying that "there is NO safe wolf and No safe Wolfdog" (below) is the same as me saying there is no safe dog or no safe horse, etc.
  • For over 10 years I have had Wolfdogs, I have raised 5 children and they or no one else has been bitten by one of my animals.
The following is an example of an obstinate and unreasoning person who will ignore logic out of a desire to be right.
The comment is absurd ...

"There is NO safe wolf and NO safe Wolfdog and they should never be kept
as pets because someday they will bring home a dead child instead of a rabbit."

Any type of prejudice is an irrational attitude that comes from ignorance. 
Many of these people have never even met a Wolfdog, some have formed opinions based on a "friend of a friend". 
Often the "Wolfdog" was nothing more than an untrained Northern mixed breed dog - with no wolf content. 
Sometimes they have met a Wolfdog.. and didn't like it. 
To each their own, it is not my goal to convince anyone to purchase a Wolfdog- they are not for everyone.
 As of today, I do have the right to choose. 
Judge my animals as individuals, and let their actions/deeds speak towards their character.

The debate over whether or not Wolfdogs should exist is pointless, they do exist, 
would it not be better to expend energy on encouraging responsible ownership or training?

One would be incorrect to assume this is only a Wolfdog problem "Breed Prejudice" is becoming common

I saw a post online about a KOA campground in Williams, AZ apparently due to a problem with a chow in Montana, several breeds were banned; Chow, Rottweiler, Doberman, Malamute, Pit bulls and Wolf mixes.

Another Michigan Campground Policy reads:
We have been informed by our insurance company that certain breeds of dogs must be excluded from our property. 
The following dog breeds or any mixture of these breeds will no longer be allowed in any of our resorts: Airedale, 
Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Chow-Chow, Dalmatian, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Great Dane, 
Mastiff, Pit Bull Terrier, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Siberian Husky, Staffordshire Terrier, Wolf, Wolf Hybrid. 
This has been instilled upon us by our insurance company and is effective immediately. If you own any of these 
breeds of dog, please do not bring them into the resort or we will have to ask you to remove them immediately

States are enacting breed specific bans, and your breed might be next.

Links

Dr. Porters rebuttal to Wisconsin Wolf Plan's section on wolfdogs.



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