A Timber Wolf is a dog breed which is a resulted of breeding between a domesticated dog and a wolf. It is referred to as a canid hybrid and is often the result of mixing a wolf with either an Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky or German Shepherd.
Some Timber Wolves have been domesticated enough so they are used a pets around the house. There are still many which are roaming in wildness and exist in packs like real wolves. Nevertheless, the ones that have been domesticated are save to keep in a home and people actually continue to do it.
History & Origins
As mentioned, a Timber Wolf is wolf dog type which originated by mixing a wolf with a domestic dog. They fist used an Alaskan Malmute and later introduced Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds into the mix. The first documented breeding of a wolf with a domesticated hound was established in England, back in 1766. But, this has actually been done probably before in the wild. Many dogs today have some wolf blood in them.
But in 1960s breeders started purposefully breeding a type of a dog that would be used as a pet. They started mixing dogs with the American Grey Timber Wolf. These crossbreeding were actually really successful and brought to the modern Timber Wolf that people keep today.
Timber Wolf Characteristics & Temperament
A Timber Wolf does not have so similar characteristics as their dog parents. The dogs that have been used to breed a wolf hybrid are usually outgoing types of dogs. But a Timber Wolf is shy and not really outgoing. They do tend to have more wolf-like characteristics and are very curious when they are puppies. It takes them at least three years to grow out of their puppy stage. But, if they are trained properly and if they are kept form a very early age they will form an attachment with their owners and be quite affectionate with them.
What we do not recommend is keeping these dogs with smaller children. They can be trained to be loveable towards them, but they can be provide sometimes by smaller kids. Misinterpreting their screams will affect the dog and they may react in an unpredictable way. The same goes with other pets and animals as a Timber Wolf may see them, particularly smaller pets, as a prey. Training them is not for the light hearted and may take more than you are willing to take.
Appearance, Colors, Size
The Timber Wolf is a medium to big dog. They mostly take after the ancestors in appearance and their size reaches about 25 to 33 inches in height and they can weight anywhere between 70 and 125 pounds.
These dogs mostly resemble their ancestors, so you will find some characteristics of a wolf, a husky, a malamute and so forth. Their coats perhaps resemble their wolfish side than its canine. Their coats are thick and coarse and help them in harsher weather conditions. They have different colorations but a Timber Wolf is usually grizzled gray or black, but there are also all white dogs.
Timber Wolf Health
A Timber Wolf has a pretty standard life expectancy for its size. Health conditions are usually similar to that of the parent dog breeds. They dogs will live anywhere from 5 to 10 years, but the ones kept in captivity live longer than the ones in the wild. If you take care of your dog properly and provide it with all the necessary care and grooming, it might get to live longer that the allocated lifespan.
Grooming & Shedding
When it comes to grooming a Timber Wolf, you should start doing it very early. If you get your dog used to being touched when they are small, you will have no problems doing it when they get older. These type of dogs are average shedders but during crossover periods their shedding will enhance. Particularly during that period you will have to make sure to provide the dog with every day brushing.
Even when the dog is not shedding you will need to brush its coat. This will make it clean and neat and make the dog look good. There is also the matter of cleaning their ears, teeth and clipping their nails. If you clean their teeth and ears you will prevent infections that the dog can be prone to.
Price and Breeders
Butting a Timber Wolf can be fairly easy to do. There are several places that offer these type of dogs. There are several quality types that are given and the top notch ones actually cost a pretty healthy sum of money. The least that you can pay is 800 dollars but the price can go all the way to 5,000 dollars for the best ones. Breeders are usually found in America and Canada, but there are several countries in Europe that also have them.
Timber Wolf Rescue
Fortunately, there are also ways for you to adopt a Timber Wolf. Rescue organizations are very popular in the dog world and they have a range of dogs that can be very good for a household. There are even puppies that you can get this way. If you really wish to rescue a Timber Wolf you can contact Wolfdog Rescue: Dogs in Need or Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue.