With the return of cooler weather and fluffy coats, however, also comes the return of seasonal behavior changes. In the wild, wolves and coyotes breed once a year during the winter. Courtship starts in fall and is accompanied by a surge of hormones prompting the animal to breed in late winter. This is so that the puppy gestation period ends in spring, giving pups the safest amount of time over spring, summer, and fall to grow and develop to withstand their first winter. .
Because hybrids are a bit closer to their wild heritage than doggy dogs, some of them also exhibit seasonal behavior changes as they get surges of hormones. These changes can manifest in different ways - some animals become obnoxiously clingy with their owners while some have the opposite reaction and want nothing to do with them. Like most canine behaviors, the intensity of these seasonal changes also exist on a spectrum. Some hybrids don't experience them at all; our Midna is the same, unflappable dope all year around. Bast sometimes exhibits mild changes where he doesn't want to be touched. We may go several days in a row when we are not able to interact with him and like a grumpy cat, he avoids any contact with people. Other animals, like our Zelda, may become irritable and short tempered. When the winter grumpies hit, Zelda's primary form of communication becomes growling, and we all give her wide berth. .
There is a lot of speculation among hybrid fanciers on how to tell if an animal will experience seasonal behavior changes. Some people erroneously believe only high contents will experience anything, a position which is demonstrably false and linked to high content elitism in the community. Others believe it's genetic and that certain lines are predisposed. Still others believe it relates to confidence - more confident animals may be more likely to present challenges to their caretakers. There have been no formal studies on the behavior in captive hybrids, so we can only speculate.