Mid Content Wolfdogs
Due to increasing filial numbers/F-Generation numbers, or how many generations removed from a PURE wolf and substandard breeding practices, there is much more variety and/or lowering of content overall, especially in the mid % range in more recent litters.
Left to right:
- Mid content F3 (approx. 60% with partial lineage) with German Shepherd and Alaskan Malamute
- Mid content F2 (approx. 67-70% with partial lineage) with Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky
- Upper mid content 87% F2 with Alaskan Malamute
- Upper mid content 80% F3 with Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute
Mid-Contents - 50%-80%
Mid contents are known for having the widest range when phenotyping and trying to determine content. Due to this, sometimes mid contents are broken down into:
Example of a solid mid F3 (due to partial unverified lineage, approx 60%) with Malamute influence
Solid Mid Contents - between 50%-75% depending on breeding and F-Gen
Solid mid animals are best described as displaying a fairly equal number of wolf and dog traits. With these animals being somewhat “stuck in the middle” there are many traits that could go either way. For example, some may cycle and mature like regular dogs do while others will only cycle and be fertile one time a year. Puppies may be born with some dog-like markings (though this does tend to be more uncommon) like white or with masks, and some may produce wolf colored litters. They may be a bit more difficult to train and housebreak than a regular dog or Low-Content. Some breeders of mid contents with lower f-gens will pull and bottle feed to ensure proper bonding and socialization, though it is not always necessary. Some mid contents can retain and more dog-like personality and still live quite comfortably in the house! Outside containment may not be needed but should always be available.
Example of an upper mid 80% F3
Upper Mid-Contents - between 75%-85% depending on breeding and F-Gen
Upper mid or “high mid” content animals are much more wolf-like in appearance and temperament. These are usually animals that closely resemble a high content, but have a few, more obvious traits (vs subtle) that set these animals a part from true high content wolfdogs. Upper mids should retain the breeding cycle of a pure wolf, however some, while still cycling only one time a year, will come into heat/birth puppies slightly earlier. In rare cases upper mids may cycle more dog-like. Litters are often very wolfy and retain more consistency/uniformity than solid mid and low content litters. In rare cases, mostly due to poor breeding, doggy pups may pop up, or pups that may be born light or white or with markings. Upper mid animals tend to be moderately to very wolf-like in their behaviors with many upper mid litters needing to be pulled and bottle fed to ensure proper bonding and socialization. Most do not do well living in a house environment and should always have a large and secure enclosure available to them.
- What is Phenotyping?
- Breeding, Birthing, & Puppies
- Misrepresented Wolf Subspecies / Content