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Would you ever own a wolf
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I would. I would name it Lycaon (Ancient Greek for "wolf") I am talking about the type of wolves were DNA tests say it is 100% wolf (mostly I am not including because those are likely much more common).

First of all, I wouldn't recommend to most people but only those that that the legal permit/license/permission to have one. They can snap. They are much more harder to control because they are wild dogs. Also, less people forget, dogs are descended from people domesticating wolves thousands of years ago.

In case anyone is wondering, the oldest known domesticated dog is believed to be the Saluki, a relative of the Greyhound. They've been traced back over 6000 years.

Posted 7/4/11
There are a lot of wild animals that I like and find majestic, but I would never want to domesticate one and keep it captive.
Posted 7/4/11
Closest thing: Horo from Spice and Wolf.

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Posted 7/4/11
Things you ask when you're high?
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Yes. I would call him/her Jet Fang. I would never collar him/her.

Though I would only have one if I had the means to handle it's primal natures. I would want it to have a very wide open free running space. I definitely would try and give it constant care. Who knows I might have an experience like Christian the lion(an amazing story that everyone should watch) or be eaten T_T. But i would definitely try if i had the money and space.

I would also like to have Peregrine Falcon.

edit: oh and if there ever was one alive, it would be awesome to try and tame a dire wolf. can YOU IMAGINE?! damn that's a big bad ass wolf.
Posted 7/4/11
I'm fine with domesticated animals.
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No. Never. Let me tell you why.

Back in my twenties, I had an art teacher who lived with her husband and her wolf-dog hybrid. This 'pet' was a VERY large animal, a mix between a German Shepherd and Canis Lupus with a side helping of 'HUGE'. I'm not entirely sure where they got him, though they said they had met both of his parents, which leads me to belive that they purchased him from a breeder of hybrids. He was somewhat mellow when they brought him to an event, but they kept him leashed at all times and tried to steer small children clear of him. I found out why one day when I was up for a lesson on gilding at her house. Their back yard was fenced, but it apparently backed up to some open space with utilities like cable, electric, telephone and such running just beyond the wooden fence. That afternoon, one of the workmen jumped the fence to deal with a stray cable, not realizing there was a very large, very quiet, very upset wolf-hybrid in the yard.

Unlike dogs, who will growl and bark and try to warn you away from an area they consider theirs, a wolf or a wolf-hybrid will simply take you down as the threat (or the potential meal) that you seem to be be, and you won't hear them until they hit you. The worker was lucky the drapes were open and that my teacher saw the potential danger and managed to get into the yard quickly to try to defuse the situation. Unfortunately, she got between her animal and the worker, who took one look at what was coming at him and jumped back over the fence to safety. My teacher was not as lucky. Her wolf-hybrid's blood was up, he was agitated by the intruder and the unfamiliar people on the other side of the fence and he sank his rather formidable teeth into my teacher's hand as she tried to grab his collar to get him under control. The bite required a trip to the ER and some very necessary stitches. Needless to say, that day's lesson was cancelled. It could have been much, much worse.

Wolf-hybrids are dangerous, because one cannot breed out the wolf's innate instinct in one generation. Keeping one is like playing with fire. Wolves are not dogs; they will try to challenge you as their 'owner' for the position of dominant animal in the house and for most people, it isn't a fight they stand much chance of winning. Lots of people romanticize wolves - they're beautiful, swift, deadly predators and there is much to admire about them. However, they are also wild animals and just like any other large predator kept in captivity, their behaviors do NOT jive with what is considered acceptable in a household pet. You want a wolf-like pet that acts like a dog and will eat from your hand and will let you pet it? Then I advise you to adopt or purchase a Husky or a Malamute (unless you live in some god-forsaken hot area where they would suffer from the heat because of their coat) rather than bring an unpredictable element into your house. Unless, of course you feel like keeping one eye out for the moment your pet wolf decides to dethrone you as pack leader.
Posted 7/4/11

Lauriet wrote:

I'm fine with domesticated animals.


So... Wolves aren't domesticated?
Posted 7/4/11

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Lauriet wrote:

I'm fine with domesticated animals.


So... Wolves aren't domesticated?


So..... Is this going to lead into you being petty, again?

I mean domesticated, as in pets. Wolves as pets are impossible unless you get them from a specific, cotnrolled source. Dogs are more suitable because they were bred as companions.
Posted 7/4/11 , edited 7/5/11

Lauriet wrote:

So..... Is this going to lead into you being petty, again?

I mean domesticated, as in pets. Wolves as pets are impossible unless you get them from a specific, cotnrolled source. Dogs are more suitable because they were bred as companions.


I guess you aren't very knowledgeable about the animal kingdom.
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Posted 7/4/11
My uncle has a wolf and a coyote he raised when they were young. They're really sweet, but only because he's raised then since they were puppies. They can snap if irritated, but as long as you respect them, they're very nice company. It's been I while since I've last seen them, dunno how they are now. I remember the wolf was Panchito, and I think the coyote was also male, but don't remember its name.
Posted 7/4/11 , edited 7/5/11

Aero-Mach wrote:

I guess you aren't very knowledgeable about the animal kingdom.


General, modern terminology. When people say 'domesticated' they mean 'pets', it doesn't have to be accurate to represent.

See, this is how things disrupt and dissolve into fights. You throw out an insult, or something that humiliates and degrades a person, and thigns dissolve from there. Aero, I don't care how much anger you got and want to destructively release anymore. leave me alone.

We past this unpleasantry? Good. Because I do really want to see you as a better, but that mightier-then-thou part of you really makes it hard.
Posted 7/5/11 , edited 7/5/11

Lauriet wrote:


General, modern terminology. When people say 'domesticated' they mean 'pets', it doesn't have to be accurate to represent.

See, this is how things disrupt and dissolve into fights. You throw out an insult, or something that humiliates and degrades a person, and thigns dissolve from there. Aero, I don't care how much anger you got and want to destructively release anymore. leave me alone.

We past this unpleasantry? Good. Because I do really want to see you as a better, but that mightier-then-thou part of you really makes it hard.


I didn't even say much to you, I know you don't care about me or anything I do or say, all you want is for me to leave you alone? Done. You're welcome
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Posted 7/5/11
While I love to keep wolves as pets, they are difficult to train and costly to maintain. Moreover, I'm not allowed to keep such dangerous pets in the suburbs.
Posted 7/5/11
Yes- Nice and simple answer
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