The Publics View:
A Low % Wolfdog or a "Full Blooded Wolf"...?
There seems to be a great deal of misunderstanding when talking about wolfdog content VS % (Please visit the Content and Phenotyping page).
Hopefully this page will help give everyone a more in depth understanding of how to determine content, what traits (both wolf and dog) define wolfdogs and what are the major overlapping traits that can be found in both wolves and dogs.
****Not all Low Contents will look and act like Peto. Breeding, the type of dog breed used and genetics will play a big part- but keep in mind that just as a certain amount of pure wolf traits must be present for an animal to be considered a High Content, there are certain traits (or lack thereof) to look for when phenotyping Low and Mid contents too.
The Phenotype of Peto
To give everyone an idea of his size, Peto is approximately 95 lbs (usually 85 in the summer and 95-100 in the winter) and 32 inches at the shoulder.
This list is for educational purposes only! Please understand if you are reading this to try to determine if your animal has wolf in it or not, that MOST of these traits are OVERLAPPING. When you throw a few off-standard "wolfy looking" dogs breeds together, you can get some very interesting looking animals- that can fool MANY people...especially those that are inexperienced. If you are seriously interested in having your animal phenotyed, please contact me privately and I can phenotype thru a few pictures/video OR I can refer you to someone else (possibly in your area) that may be able to phenotype in person.
Here are some additional pictures of low contents to see the variation when different dog breeds are used!
Sariah, can you see the G. Shepherd?
Romulus (Rommy) has a fair amount of malamute and a hint of Collie.
Rommy head shot. Just because an animal doesn't look like a googled image of a husky or malamute, doesn't mean it is a high content, or even an animal with significant wolf heritage. Many times multiple "wolfy looking" breeds are used (such as a mixture of Malamute, husky and GSD) and when you throw in a smidgen of wolf, can give you an animal that looks like this!
Jasper, a low content that was sold as a 75%/high content. The famous "throw of the genes" and "you never met them in person" excuses were used by the breeder to dismiss him (and his siblings) phenotyping as a low content. Notice his very large, poorly furred ears, his smaller and more rounded head and very contrasting dark agouti/sable northern breed type coloration. Some of the puppies were born white, very light, most with heavily contrasting markings as puppies and adults (among other things).
Kovu has a lot of wooly malamute!
Low content litter (mal/wolf and G. shepherd). Having dark colored puppies does not automatically mean they are high content.
Ricky. Yes his eyes are pale yellow- they are not blue. He is a mixture of G. Shepherd, husky and wolf.