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  1. Picklepaige

    Picklepaige Active Member

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    My best friend is about to go to court because a man shot her dog because he thought she was a wolf or a wolf hybrid. My question is: does Tosha (R.I.P) look like a wolf hybrid to you? Could she actually be one, or is she just a husky mix? She was not unstable at ALL, never went after the cats, was friendly to strangers, and had no food aggression. Could she just have a small percentage of wolf in her, or not? They adopted her from the pound, so they have no idea of knowing. These are pictures days before she was killed.

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  2. bnwalker2

    bnwalker2 My house is a zoo

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    That's so sad! She was gorgeous, RIP Tosha. She looks like she was a German Shepherd/Husky to me.
     
  3. squirtsmom

    squirtsmom New Member

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    Looks like some kind of a shepherd mix, I would not have thought a wolf though.
     
  4. fillyone

    fillyone But please, call me Barb

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    I'd say GSD/Husky, how sad, she looks like a lovely happy dog
     
  5. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    Where was the dog when he shot it? Horrible thing to have happen, my condolences to the owner.
     
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    simplymisty IL Dog Freak

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    She looks like a white German Shepherd to me. She could be pure GS just a small mix of blk/tan with white. She looks JUST like my GS but she's white and mine is pure blk.
     
  7. Picklepaige

    Picklepaige Active Member

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    Thanks everybody. In response to Dekka, she was found down the road from my friend's house. She was still alive, so they had the vet put her down. She had been shot in the heart. Another thing, she had a visible collar and tags on. There was no way he could have mistaken her for a wild wolf.
     
  8. Sapphire-Light

    Sapphire-Light woof!

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    Babyblue5290 Happy Meal. Yum.

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    Why was she down the road in the first place???

    Not giving any reason for this man to shoot her that's horrible! She was a beautiful dog!
     
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    I'd say husky/GSD mix.
     
  11. Charliesmommy

    Charliesmommy I run with scissors

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    She looks nothing like a wolf, if you know ANYTHING about dogs at all.
     
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    ~Jessie~ Chihuahua Power!

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    She looks like a GSD/Husky mix to me.
     
  13. Whisper

    Whisper Kaleidoscopic Eye

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    Another vote for GSD/Husky. That poor girl. :(
     
  14. Whisper

    Whisper Kaleidoscopic Eye

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    This is a wolf.
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    Poor dog. :(
     
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    She doesn't look "wolfy" to me at all. Wolf hybrids are very distinct looking.
     
  17. Sush

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    On the contrary to what other people have posted I think she VERY much resembles a wolf hybrid. I've been around my boss's three hybrids (one is 60% and the other two 75%) as well as numerous others from a hybrid rescue that she works very close with. She definately has either GSD/Husky/Malamute in her because that is what they usually cross them with.

    They can very much range in appearance depending on the percentage of wolf and what they are crossed with. Some can look alot like a normal GSD with some color differences and some can look very wolf-like. Tosha looks very wolflike to me, her posture, her fur length and how it lays, her body type, her long muzzle and larger ears (which makes me believe she is crossed with GSD)

    You posted a pic of her whole body in the early thread
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    Her body is very much wolf-like, here is a pic of a hybrid with a little more weight on her...Do you see the similarity in the hind end, particularly the hip angles and the way they carry themselves? Tosha's coloring makes me thing she is even more of a percentage than this one.
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    In some states it is illegal to own a hybrid but since she was obtained from the pound I doubt that would come into play. Since she was wearing a collar, doing no harm, I think your friend has a strong case no matter what the judge thinks about her breed. You would have to get genetic testing done to prove it either way. I hope she wins, no body should take matters into their own hands like this. Call animal control don't shoot the dog...what an idiot. :(
     
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  18. Sush

    Sush New Member

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    Here are some more hybrid images just so you can see how much they will vary in appearance. Some you would never even guess have wolf in them because the other breed takes over. This is obviously a malamute cross...

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    Husky cross...

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    Probably a shepherd cross but a VERY high percentage wolf...

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  19. queennvisa

    queennvisa GSD LOVER

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    I am very sorry to hear what happened.. it is a very sad thing. but i have to agree with sush ... She does have a very wolf-like appearence... She looks to be a very happy dog in her pics.... I am very sorry for the lose
     
  20. Romy

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    It is completely impossible to tell from looks alone whether or not a dog is a wolf hybrid.

    That being said, it is made even more difficult, because many dogs out there marketed as wolf hybrids are actually just GSD northern breed crosses, that were sold as wolfdogs, then the people who bought them sold their puppies as wolfdogs, etc. I believe many of the "known" wolfdogs out there have very little to no wolf blood in them at all.

    She looks like she is a GSD mix, with a very high percentage of shepherd to me. Here are pictures of AKC registered purebred GSDs to illustrate my point:

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    Husky GSD mix:

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    You can get very nice pointy wolfy looking faces in many GSD husky mixes, as well as wolfy bodies/movement. Also a wide variety of coat colors, as well as coat lengths and textures.

    Having lived with two wolf hybrids, I can tell you it's not in their looks whatsoever. Lots of domestic dog combos look very wolfish. It's mostly in their behavior. If the shelter adopted her out, they should have records of her and what breed/mix she was labeled at the shelter. The shelter is legally responsible for rehoming dogs of restricted breeds, so unless she was adopted as a wolf hybrid (very unlikely) they would definitely swear up and down on your friend's behalf. Our local one wouldn't even let us adopt a "pit mix" without checking with our homeowners insurance first to make sure it was ok.

    I'm really sorry to hear about your friend's dog. This is a sad thing to have happen.
     
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