Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs, American Wolfdogs, Wolf Hybrids – What are the differences?

Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs, American Wolfdogs, Wolf Hybrids – What are the differences?
Andre February 26th 2018
The world of wolfdogs can be confusing, especially as terminology varies between Britain and the States. American Wolfdogs (AWD) are a mix between any wolf and any dog breed – known just as wolfdog in the US or also as “Wolf Hybrid” in Europe.
By contrast, the Czechoslovakian wolfdog (CWD) is a pure breed domestic dog. Although the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog also stems from a mix between wolf and dog, it comes from the selective breeding of German Shepherds with Carpathian wolves to create a pure-bred working dog that is a registered breed, with consistency in looks, health and temperament.
The American Wolfdog can be low-, mid- or high content wolf which all differ greatly, and can carry timber, arctic or other wolf types. Between the wolves having different characteristics, and the choice of dog breeds they are mixed with, the resulting offspring vary hugely in nature and in size. The American Wolfdog can be considerably larger than the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog.
The comparison of a low content American Wolfdog to a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog would be the easiest to explain. Both types of animal come with their own challenges and joys.
Having bred both for 15 years, I find the Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs more difficult puppies – they are very mouthy and high energy, needing a lot of training, mental stimulation and work for the first 2 years. Hard work pays off though – if you are educated on how to work these dogs, and train consistently, when you have reached the 2-year milestone you will have a very balanced nice all-round dog. There are many fields the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog will excel in, such as search and rescue, agility, running in harness, tracking and many more.
The low-content American Wolfdog puppies are not as high energy, much less mouthy and in some respects easier to train at first. However long term, as adults, they are far from the domestic dogs we are used to and will not have any interest in the activities mentioned above, certainly not competitively.
Mid-content American Wolfdogs are a different ballgame altogether and require very experienced handlers as they can be very shy, and thus very difficult. As the mid content matures, they are unlikely to enjoy the same life as a domestic breed – everything can be a drama, even things as simple as friends coming in to the home can really scare them, traveling to the vets can mean elevated levels of stress, weeing and being very sick. Even with patience and training some animals may never grow out of this. If you are not prepared to the lifestyle changes required for this type of pet, it isn’t right for you.
The high content American Wolfdogs have an exceptionally high prey drive, will be very shy and not want to ever leave the home. They can be exceptionally destructive and unhappy living in the house, so require a high security enclosure. I don’t believe a high content should be purchased as a pet dog – please ensure you know what you are purchasing if you are buying a puppy.
When picking any breed, you need to think about what activities you would like to do with your new family addition and what lifestyle you wish for and can afford, in order to find the one that will suit you best. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog has been bred as all other domesticated and standardised dog breeds, displaying particular traits and behaviours as well as a phenotypical look. This is what makes each breed of dog different, and the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog exactly this – a breed of dog in its own right.

Imported Czechoslovakian wolf dog verses UK bred Czechoslovakian wolf dog.
My personal reasoning for purchasing your puppy from a breeder in the UK would be you can meet both parents of the puppies and interact with the dogs make sure you are happy with their temperaments, and see the dogs are kept in a nice environment.
You have better chance to build a good repport with your breeder as they will also be able to offer support at all stages of the dog’s life.
There is much more likelihood of you being able to visit your puppy on a regular basis and get to know the litter.
Once you have chosen your puppy you can start to bond with them.
Given all the information on puppy development you and your puppy will miss out on so much of this if you import your puppy as the pet passport will not allow a puppy to come in to the UK before a minimum age of 15 weeks.
This would be one of the most important reason for me to say buying in the UK would be better for puppy and owner as missing out on developmental stages with your puppy will make things so much more difficult for you both.

This is based more on a scientific prospective from what we have learnt over many years there are crucial developmental stages in a puppy’s life.

puppies have a small window of time during brain development when they are most impressionable. This is called the imprinting, or critical learning period. For puppies, the imprinting period is during the first 16 weeks of life. Puppies learn more during this time than they can learn in a life time. Therefore, the quality and quantity of what they experience will have an enormous impact on their future personalities and determine the formation of many of their “good” or “bad” behaviour tendencies. In fact, such vast change in development happens with each day that passes, the Imprinting Period is further sub-divided into multiple distinct puppy-stages.
8 to 10.5 Weeks Fear Imprint Period:
Whilst the Pup is going through human socialisation it also has an important fear/hazard avoidance period. This starts at 5 weeks and peaks between 8 and 10.5 weeks.
Any traumatic, frightening or painful experience will have a more lasting effect on the puppy than if it occurred at any other time in its life.
This is the period that you do not handle it correctly can give you dog a lasting fear of traffic, Vets or other frightening experiences, noises or events.

4–6 Months
During this time, your puppy will gain more energy, and become more “mouthy” and restless from the discomfort of teething as the baby teeth begin to fall out and the adult teeth erupt. This will typically occur between 4-6 months of age, but sometimes lasts longer.

2nd Fear-Impact Period: Starting in the 5th month of the Juvenile period, there may be a Second Fear-Impact Period that lasts for 3 weeks. This is like the First Fear-Impact Period. If it does not occur at this time, it will occur later during the Adolescent Period.
6–12 Months
your puppy will now be attaining full puppy power and will begin to test their wings! This is usually a tough time for many puppy owners but can be much harder for those with puppies that missed the early establishment of boundaries, socialization and training.

Your puppy will be likely to have much more energy, spend more time exploring the environment, become easily distracted, and may even seem less interested in you and forgetful of previous training skills. Just be patient, consistent, and supportive—make sure boundaries are still well in place, review your training, and continue building on your successes.


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