It's dreadfully common for vets to make the assumption that dogs have wolf in them due to certain aspects of their appearance, but I haven't met a single one to date who's been formally trained in the art of phenotyping wolfdogs properly. In rescue, we hear a lot of folks with regular doggy-dogs make claims such as, "My vet said that Nanook is part wolf because he's got big teeth!" or "We adopted him from the shelter as a husky mix but the vet thinks he's part wolf because he has yellow eyes." While we'd like to assume that vets know best, that isn't often the case when it comes to identifying wolf content. In fact, the claim of "I know my dog is part wolf because the vet told me so!" is often a red flag that the animal in question is misrepresented.
The vets at our clinic have known me for a while, and they've worked on several of Pack West's animals in the past. We love that they are eager to discuss education, and that they take the time to regard the wolfdog world in an open-minded and genuinely curios manner.
Finding a vet like this is very difficult. Some wolfdog owners will bypass clinics closer to home and drive several hours to find a vet they can trust. Good vets for this particular breed are few and far between, which is why rescues and responsible breeders will want to know which vet a new owner plans to use before they adopt out a new pup! You can learn more about the struggle on our "Legalities and Social Issues" page in the Proper Care section of our website: www.packwestwolfdogs.com #wolfdog #realwolfdog #bigbaby #midcontent #wolf #uppermidcontentwolfdog #realwolfdog #realwolfhybrid #wolfhybrid #wolfmalamute #malamute #husky #blackandwhite @dogsthathike @dogsonadventures @hikingdogsofinsta @dogsonadventures @adventuredognation