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Old 04-19-2012, 06:24 AM
 
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Default Wolf as a pet!

Do you think an wolf to be a safe pet? I heard some one like it as pet and even allow them in their bedroom!
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:30 AM
 
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In general, no, it is not a good idea! First check with your state's laws regarding ownership of any wild animal. Even a hybrid of a wolf and a dog can be dicey. I once knew a couple who had one, and she was beautiful, but even they said she would act out her wild side more often than they were comfortable with. I don't think you could ever fully trust an animal that was wild, or even partly so. That's just their nature, not a fault.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:33 AM
 
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Do you think an wolf to be a safe pet? I heard some one like it as pet and even allow them in their bedroom!
Nope a wolf is not and will never be a "pet". Its is not an over-sized dog. It is a wild animal and anyone trying to treat it any differently than that will regret it very quickly. If you want a "pet" look at a domesticated animal.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:36 AM
 
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From the lawsuit liability alone, no. Someone could set you up very easily. That's why I reluctantly gave up on my plan to have a pet ocelot.

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Old 04-19-2012, 06:40 AM
 
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From the lawsuit liability alone, no. Someone could set you up very easily.
Oh yeah, this is true. Furthermore, if you ever needed home owner's insurance, you would be denied for the liability issue. And if you have a mortgage, you must have home owner's insurance.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:04 AM
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Wolves are wild animals and should never be considered for a pet.

Even a wolf dog is a very bad idea. To learn something about the many problems one has with such a "hybrid" read Part Wild by Ceiridwen Terrill.


Part Wild: Book Review and Ode to Dog-ness TheOtherEndoftheLeash

I had just a couple of days experience with having one while my humane society tried to figure out what we were going to do with him. Someone in my county adopted him in another state and foolishly thought that since she had 90 acres it would be OK and that he would know to stay on her property that was not even fenced. Yeah, right.

He was young, neutered, a gorgeous cream and silver color and very sweet. BUT the only way to limit his movement was to put him on a very heavy chain attached to a 6" diameter pasture fence post. It was about a 15 ft chain and he leaped over the 4 ft. high fence in one easy bound.

We were lucky and found a sanctuary to take him and he will live out the rest of his life confined in a 30 x 30 foot cage.

I really despise the greedy idiots who breed them and sell them to people who think that it would be "cool" to own one.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:33 AM
 
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Watch the TV show deadly obsession.

This weekend they had on the gal that raised wolves for years....had maybe 6 of them in a big enclosure.

They killed her and her friend.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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I agree w/ the others about a wolf being a wild animal. There are enough breeds of domestic dogs to have w/o needing a wolf as a pet.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:40 PM
 
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Wolves, coyotes, and foxes are not pets. They are not domesticated and will grow to act wild. Except I actually think there is a program in Russia where they have fully domesticated foxes. Sibfox Inc or something like that.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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Wolves, coyotes, and foxes are not pets. They are not domesticated and will grow to act wild. Except I actually think there is a program in Russia where they have fully domesticated foxes. Sibfox Inc or something like that.
It was a research experiment and it took many generations of breeding only the most docile to achieve a domesticated fox. You CANNOT domesticate a wild creature as you can train a feral dog. "Domestication" means breeding succeeding generations until the wanted qualities are in the line.

From Wikipedia:" Domestication (from Latin domesticus) is the process whereby a population of animals or plants, through a process of selection, is changed at the genetic level, accentuating traits that benefit humans. It differs from taming in that a change in the phenotypical expression and genotype of the animal occurs, whereas taming is simply the process by which animals become accustomed to human presence."

The OP may be thinking of a wolf dog, a hybrid, that has become a popular pet for some people. There are different levels of hybrids, F1, F2, etc., that describe how close to the wolf the animal is. F1 hybrids are dangerous and should not be treated as a dog.

Anyone thinking of owning a wolf, or any other wild animal, needs to realize they will never have a pet, just a confined wild animal. Look up the laws of your state as many states and cities have regulations about owning wildlife.
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