Vargar framställs ofta som stora, morrande djur. Även vargar kan vara stora (särskilt i inre Alaska) men de är inte byggda som många människor tror.
En vargs övergripande struktur är mycket slank och lätt. De är byggda för uthållighet och är mycket atletisk och smidig. De flesta av de “vargar” människor ser på T.V. är Alaskan malamute eller Wolf / Malamute cross- storlek / viktfaktorn kommer oftast från hundens inblandning.
Vad är Content
A no/low content displays no physical or behavioral wolf traits. Owning one of these is really no different than owning a husky, malamute or shepherd (depending on what breed it is crossed with).
25%-39%= Low Content
A low content is like a husky, mal or shepherd, but with the intensities turned up a bit. They may be harder to keep contained than a no/low and a bit more stubborn. Aside from a few wolfy features, they look and act very similar to any other northern breed. Much like a regular dog or a no/low, these guys tend to do very well in the house.
40%-69%= Mid Content
A mid content can be either quite wolfy or quite doggy in appearance and behavior, depending on what traits each individual pup inherited from the parents (lower-mids in the 40% range tend to be doggier while animals in the 50%+ range tend to be wolfier). They mostly tend to take on a wolfier appearance than low contents. This content range varies the most in appearance and behavior.
70%-80%= Upper Mid Content
An Upper-mid should look like a wolf with a few doggy features. They behave very much like wolves and tend to be shy if not socialized at a young age. They also have biological features closer to their wolf heritage; being sexually mature at 2 years of age and only being able to reproduce once a year. Trainable but performs with less frequency than an animal with more dog in it.
80% and Above= High Content
A high content should indistinguishable from a pure wolf in appearance, behavior and biological functions. Even experts can’t tell them apart. Most zoos display high-contents as pure wolves. Only for those who are experienced with wolfdogs, these guys need consistent socialization and training, as they do not retain training as dogs do. High contents share the same whelping season as pure wolves; breeding in late winter for a spring litter. During the breeding season, the males’ testicles descend (they shrink when breeding season ends and a male wolf or high-content can NOT reproduce outside of the natural breeding season) and releases testosterone. Most males experience aggressive sexual behavior during the winter known as Winter Wolf Syndrome. This begin at sexual maturity (their second winter). It is this behavior that most people misinterpret as their wolfdog “turning on them”. It is a seasonal behavior that dissipates after the season is over. Some females may experience WWS but not as intense as the males.
* Enligt Michelle/ Uppfödare på My Wolfdogs