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Posted: 09/14/20 12:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Guy Roan wrote:

down home wrote:

They say emphatically there are no wolves in Tennessee but..in 78 or79 I saw two gray wolves nearly run into my lap!
Folks in the County Historical Society where Mom was raised and I spent a lot of my youth report them also.
I have no doubt if I can get into the area I can capture one but hopefully, if I do it in the spring I can find a Pup.
This is all of course contingent on health.
Anyone here raised a full blood gray wolf for a pet and family protector?


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I live in the high mountains of NC almost on the TN border.
We have Coyotes living on the mountain across from us and each night and occasionally during the day we can hear their yapping and barking.
We have lived on the west coast and have seen the Coyotes there, which are gray, but much smaller than gray wolves.
I was told that the Coyotes here are much larger and often mistaken for Gray wolves and finally several years ago had one cross the road in front of me one night. I was astounded at it's size and would have sworn it was a gray wolf, but the following morning a neighbor informed that what I saw was indeed a Coyote and sees them in his game cam lots of times.

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I know what coyotes are. We have a group or family living not far from our back door. When we get home I'm going to have to try to deal with them. A good while back my So In Law walking his two pups were set pon by the Coyotes. He called the mother and Dad dogs who came and chased them away. I know what wolves are. My cousin had one for a guard dog and pet.
I don't know all the particulars but it was mostly black and weighed probably 160 lbs it was huge.He kept it penned except when he had it on a leash, which was in reality worthless if it decided to be mean.
A half breed or whatever percentage might be an option..not knowing from experience. My desire is not for a unique pet but for an intelligent but obedient family protector, friend and pet. We have had someone enter our home and our Former family defender Dakota, passed away three years ago, now, charged him inside the door and he ran.
Dakota looked the part of a wolf but weighed only 80 lbs or so.part Terrier and part Pit bull.(there is no such breed as pit bull),

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Pawz4me wrote:

I live in the piedmont of NC and have seen several large, gray coyotes that could trick one into believing they were wolves.

As far as wanting a wolf for a pet -- Why? Just ... why? There is no logical, sane reason I can think of that anyone would want or need one. If you want protection there are quite a number of breeds of dogs who would serve the purpose better, not to mention MUCH more reliably.

I'm firmly of the opinion that the closest anyone should come to having a wild animal as a pet is the domesticated house cat. [emoticon]

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If you really want a large dog as a family protector look at the various livestock guardian dog breeds which were developed for protection and working with humans as opposed to wild canids which have no natural instincts to work with humans. I’d take my kangal or maremma over a wolf in terms of training and safety of family members.

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FWIW, I know of (choosing those words for precision) quite a few dog breeders from back in the day that were of the opinion that, for sled hauling (not racing) purposes, it was a waste of time and effort to try to raise / use full-blood wolves for that use: the wolves would eventually revert to form, lose training, usually run away, etc. The breeders seemed to prefer some mix of wolf and dog along the 1/4 - 3/4 ratio.

....no direct knowledge or any knowledge of wolves or wolf hybrids used for pets.


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50 years ago Walt Disney's choice for a source of movie wolves rolled into the parking area of a repair garage towing a trailer with a number of wolves inside.

Starting around 4' in height there was perforated metal. High enough to keep children from sticking fingers through the holes. And signs warning Wolves Will Bite Fingers Off.

Inside the wolves were pacing. Bright yellow eyes and four feet high at the shoulder.

They paced past me, looking right through me. I didn't exist.

That was enough for me.

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"Dancing with Wolves"

But that was just a movie.......

Border Collie, very intelligent, family oriented, good protector
But you have to be smarter then them


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I admit to just bouncing the idea around. Most people agree it is too big a challenge to integrate a wolf into the family. I certainly would not keep it caged.
Amazed, that I can keep a bear, with a permit but not a Bobcat or a wolf.
I had a Professor, long ago, that had one for a pet. He took t on speaking/video engagements, for kids, about the wild.
It would jump from the floor onto his shoulders . He was over 6 ft tall. it would chew the dickens out of his ears. Te cat's canines had been ground or taken out or something though. I wouldn't want to do that. The Kitten I caught, in the woods,and took to Grand Ma, for a pe,t as a young kid, was rough as a cob and I can still kinda see the scars.
I'm not going to take a wolf for pet and family protector.

* This post was edited 09/16/20 12:50am by down home *

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