makeyourownfuckingluck said: What are the right reasons for wanting to own a wolf dog??
I would like to know this also. Perhaps some of my wolfdog-savvy followers can chime in?
The wrong reasons are obvious. Status. Appearance. Attention-seeking. Bragging rights. And so on. But what exactly are…the right reasons? We’re talking private ownership of wolfdogs.
I don’t have experience with wolfdogs specifically, but my observations are these: when it comes to rare or difficult dog breeds, it seems like whenever someone takes an interest, the knee-jerk reaction among owners and enthusiasts is to assume the worst about the person. “Oh NO, another uneducated person has noticed my breed.” “They only think they want one - they don’t know how they really are.” “I’ll bet he only wants one for the status.” “People don’t understand they have to do their research.”
"If you want a wolfdog, you probably want one for the wrong reasons.”
I get it. I really, really do. I understand the desire to protect the breed you’re passionate about and try to prevent them from ending up in bad situations. Because really, most people have no business owning a wolfdog. Or a Malinois, or a working GSD, or whatever - insert “your” breed here. We are quick to shut down interested parties because we assume they are the general public, and the general public should stay away from our breeds. They just don’t know.
But what about those who do? What about the people who are doing their research, who aren’t turned off by the difficulties of the breed, who would be totally committed to responsible wolfdog ownership if given a chance? What qualifies as ~the right reason~ for one of these people to get a wolfdog?
I would be one to just be like what the fuck is the point of having a wolfdog it lives in an enclosure and is not totally domesticated and you can’t take it anywhere or trust anyone with it. Then betteroffrad took me to meet some and they were sweet and special, so that makes me get the appeal. I still don’t see any ethical reasons for breeding them or wanting them. I guess TV work or ambassador work but how much call is there for that kind of thing really?
I am getting the impression that, like any exotic pet, they’re basically a novelty? Like maybe there aren’t any real “reasons” to own them outside of rescue, educational or film purposes, other than the fact that you love them? That’s fine, really, as long as they’re responsibly cared for, right? Just basically wondering if I’m missing something because people tend to really talk down to others about them so. I’m not sure I understand.
What are the right reasons for wanting anything?