Wolamute is a unique dog and is a crossbreed of the Alaskan Malamute and the Gray Wolf (commonly known as the Timber Wolf). It is among the oldest Wolf-dog crosses in the world. Just like their Gray Wolf parents, these dogs also have a pair of pointed ears with dark and light patches all over their body.
Facts About Wolamute
|Breed Group||Wolfdogs, Workdogs|
|Breed Type||Dog-wolf hybrid|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Other Names||The Timber Wolf and Alaskan Malamute Hybrid, malamute wolf mix|
|Competitive Registration / Qualification Information||DRA|
|Litter Size||3-8 puppies|
|Colour||Brown and white, black and white, pepper and salt|
|Life Expectancy||10 to 15 years|
|Coat||Straight and thick|
Temperament & Personality
Alaskan timber wolf’s character and personality are often difficult to predict as it all depends on the fact that how much the dog inclines towards its Gray Wolf parent. This Wolf-dog cross will easily survive both in the warm and cold climates. Constant mixing up with humans and other animals is a must for this breed. These dogs have a high predatory drive and will chase and harm any animal smaller in size. These dogs will be a disaster for new dog owners. It is tricky breed, so a prospective buyer will have to thorough research before buying a Wolamute dog.
They are prone to banging around, and so out of excitement can run and jump off the yard fence.To prevent this from happening, the owner can lift the yard fence a bit higher than its original size. It is because of their inactive lifestyle that these dogs do not need a vigorous amount of exercise on a daily basis. To prevent them from chasing small animals, leashing them will be a great option.
Their thick and all-weather coat won’t need any special attention, but a once in a week of brushing will maintain its natural shine as well as the texture. Experts suggest using a mild Vet approved shampoo when bathing a Wolamute. Hand plucking is also an excellent option to pluck off the excess hair. The help of an expert groomer, for activities such as cleaning the ear, brushing the teeth, etc. is again a recommendation for this breed.
The owner should get alert when the dog starts to scratch the floor with its nails. It means it’s the time for a nail clipping for the dog. Frequent bathing and washing of the coat will harm the dog’s natural distribution of oils throughout its entire body. Lastly, it sheds twice every year.
Wolamutes are quite healthy but can still suffer from diseases such as Elbow dysplasia, Arthritis, and Hip dysplasia, and sometimes even Cancer. Certainly, reputable health organizations for the canines, such as the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) works for the canines.
Occasional tests such as Blood and Urine protein screen, Skeletal, physical examination, X-rays for the joints and Heart screenings can prevent the dog from getting various diseases.
To stop their wolf-like traits, the trainer can stimulate their minds by providing them soft, squeaky, and rope toys. Early socialization is a must to help them socialize well with other dogs and animals in the future.
Wolamute dogs need a good quality dry dog food on a daily basis. These dogs need a well-balanced diet to maintain their overall health and fitness.