|Barked: Sun Feb 24, '13 7:34pm PST |
|Would you also be devastated if your pet was taken from you by bylaw(as many places DO restrict such breed mixes) and destroyed? Or, as better as it is, shipped off to a wolfdog sanctuary? Would you be devastated if you couldn't properly socialize or train a mid-content wolfdog and something, dog forbid, happened to it or another person/animal? Would you be devastated if the wolfdog got destructive in the home from boredom and lack of mental stimulation and wrecked your parents house and they demanded you rehome it? Seeing as expenses usually mean breeder instead of rescue, would you also be devastated if the animal you got ended up with health issues later on in life that cost you thousands of dollars to take care of? If you move out at eighteen or older, and rent a home, what will you tell potential landlords and how will you go about finding a home that allows such a breed mix? Would it devastate you to struggle to stay on your feet and find a rental that allowed such an animal, or even such a large one at that? Many places have breed or size restrictions. Would you also be devastated if you went to college and could not take your pet with you? Would you be devastated to find that wolfdogs are escape artists and yours managed to escape and got hit by a car or otherwise lost or hurt?
I'm not saying these things to be mean. I'm saying them to be realistic. At your age, a dog would be far better suited to you and your experiences. Wolfdogs, especially mid-content, can be extremely DIFFICULT for inexperienced handlers, and even for experienced handlers that have never before handled wolfdogs. Wolfdogs are VERY much animals, and not so much domesticated pet. You need to have the right HOME, the right FENCING, the right EXPERIENCE, and the TIME and MONEY to be able to handle these animals. They CAN be successful as pets in a home.. But only for the right people and never would I recommend them for a sixteen year old. Ever.
Try finding a rescue/shelter or sanctuary close to you that you can volunteer at instead to gain some experience.
I have to agree with everything everyone else has said.
Wolfdogs require A LOT of exercise. Can be destructive if left to their own devices or if they get bored. NEED lots of mental stimulation, just as much as they need lots of physical stimulation too. They NEED a SECURE fenced yard - and I mean SECURE. Dig guard, extremely high fencing, fencing they cannot climb, and even often need a ROOF on their outdoor yards to prevent escapes safely. Trust me. I've looked into this and have fully decided to WAIT until I OWN a home on some land in the country, and I plan to adopt from a rescue nearby that has low-content because even I, with the experience I have with fear and aggression, know that even I would have difficulties with a mid-content. These animals ARE NOT easy, and are better left to experienced handlers.
If you volunteer first with a rescue/shelter and/or a sanctuary that has wolfdogs, you can gain some experience AND perspective.
This shouldn't be a matter of what YOU want, so much as it SHOULD be a matter of what's best for these animals and your situation does not sound best. You live at home with your parents, you're young, you likely have no experience with wolfdogs, you admit you have a small yard, and no job currently to boot. Wait until you're older, have more experience handling dogs and volunteering with wolfdogs, OWN a home of your own, and have the money. You'll be glad you did, because otherwise, you're setting yourself up for heartbreak.
Think really, really hard about this.
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