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Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:24 am
by jaguartail
question is in topic title.

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:34 am
by Siage
I believe one man bough a wolf on Craigslist, but had to sell it...

I dont know if that counts though...

Theres a topic on that here!


http://www.wolfquest.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=25845

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Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:22 pm
by pawnee
You mean in life or on the forums? I don't think anyone has kept a pet wolf in the community...the only person I know of who works close to wolves on the WQ forums is CL Bayliei cause she is a caretaker for wolves. she's livin the dream :D

Some books about this you might find intresting are

Living with Wolves by Jim Dutcher and Arctic Wild and Captive Wild by Lois Crisler. Both 'had' wolves though the authors admit they never treated the wolves like pets.

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:26 pm
by jaguartail
pawnee wrote:You mean in life or on the forums? I don't think anyone has kept a pet wolf in the community...the only person I know of who works close to wolves on the WQ forums is CL Bayliei cause she is a caretaker for wolves. she's livin the dream :D

Some books about this you might find intresting are

Living with Wolves by Jim Dutcher and Arctic Wild and Captive Wild by Lois Crisler. Both 'had' wolves though the authors admit they never treated the wolves like pets.
in life.

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:31 pm
by Kivia
Well, she kinda gave you two examples of two people who had wolves, but they weren't considered pets.^^

If you're thinking that you can have a full blooded wolf as a pet, then there are a lot of laws and regulations for that, since they are wild animals.

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:26 pm
by jaguartail
no,I'm not planning on having one. but has someone ever kept a fully grown wolf as a pet and treated it like one?

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:12 pm
by wolfzrule555
yes it has been done before, but i wouldn't recomend it as they are built for the wild, and it would be wrong to keep them as pets. I beleive there are videos on youtube about a man who brought up a wolf from a pup, hope this helped :)

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:03 pm
by SolitaryHowl
It's illegal to keep a wolf as a pet, actually, unless you have permits for it.

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:39 am
by wolfzrule555
im glad of that they shouldnt really be pets they belong in the wild, they love hunting not having bland food in a dish :)

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:06 pm
by Kakashi Hatake
My uncle did. He found it and it was hurt really bad. The wolf who is named Moon never recovered so he kept her.

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:21 pm
by SweetHart
Keeping a wolf,as any other wild animal,sounds nice,but as they have wild instincts,they will turn on u eventually. Animals,only have instinct. Unlike humans we have a concsience to think before we act..So i believe keeping one as a pet unless properly and safely cared for,is cruel.

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:38 pm
by Kakashi Hatake
SweetHart wrote:Keeping a wolf,as any other wild animal,sounds nice,but as they have wild instincts,they will turn on u eventually. Animals,only have instinct. Unlike humans we have a concsience to think before we act..So i believe keeping one as a pet unless properly and safely cared for,is cruel.
Yes,I agree 100%.My uncle has been taking proper care of her and he lets her run around with his other wolves that he has.He knows what he is doing he's done it for years.

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:40 pm
by Wolf Runner1
jaguartail wrote:no,I'm not planning on having one. but has someone ever kept a fully grown wolf as a pet and treated it like one?
I believe it's impossible to keep a wild animal as a pet. Dogs were wolves, and it took humans how many thousands of years before they were domesticated? Even dogs can be dangerous.

I strongly disagree with keeping wild animals, (particularly predators) as pets. I have not ever heard any story where someone gets a wild animal as a pet and it works out. I’ve been to the dog park, and there'll be some woman with a wolf puppy, but I wont see her there again with it. Whereas I see the other dog owners there all the time with their dogs. People get wolves as puppies and they’re sweet and puppyish, until they grow up and then they have a wild animal. I think the biggest reason people buy wild animals to keep is they think it's "cool" and that bugs me so much.

In short, if you’re keeping a wild animal as a pet, you can't treat it as a wild animal too. It's like a double negative really. I want to work with wolves some day, but when I do, they'll be in the wild, a sanctuary, or in a zoo.

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:54 pm
by Blightwolf
Some people keep wolves and high-content wolf-dog hybrids as "pets". Personally, I would never consider owning a wild wolf or even a high-content wolf-dog. "Tame" is not the same thing as "domesticated"; and in wrong hands and without any proper socialization and training, things can get disastrous very quickly when people get involved with "pet" wolves and wolf-dogs.

People should remember that wolf or a wolf-dog is not the same thing as a dog. They have much more intense behavior and stronger instincts than that of a regular dog. Their behavioral ways are completely different from dogs; the prey drive is higher, they are calculating and intelligent and they have a very strong instinct to mate when mating season arrives. They are extremely challenging pets, but with persistent and continuous training and socialization, they are rewarding, non-traditional companions. You just have to have the knowledge and skill to work around them. I have been associated with wolf-dogs and I must say that I do not recommend as pets for people who are just looking for a lupine-looking dog. The more wolf content a wolf-dog has in it, the more it will behave like a wolf, and vice versa (the lower the wolf content, the more it will behave and act like a dog).

People need to get more information about wolf-dogs. This epidemic of owning wolves and wolf-dogs has become a really unfortunate habit in my country. When people here buy a wolf-dog and they realize that they got so much more than they bargained for and a bad accident happens, a great wolf-dog is put down, abandoned, or taken to an animal rescue center. The situation is very bad in Finland.

Re: Has someone ever kept a fully-grown wolf as a pet?

Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:12 am
by x-Riley-x
I agree with you Blight. Many buy a wolf-dog without thinking about the responibilities that come with it. As you said, things could or do happen and the wolf-dog gets put down simply for the owners lack of thought before they buy it.

I personally would never own a wolf-dog.