Attempts to cross dogs and wolves have been made since the time of the Ancient Rome. And only the project of the Perm wolf-dogs can be called successful.
It started 13 years ago when Vyacheslav at his own risk and for his own money bought a two-years-old wolf Naida from the man who had been going to stuff her.
She turned out to be a unique animal. As opposed to other wolves that are naturally very cautious and apprehensive, Naida did not have neophobia at all, i.e. she was not afraid of everything new and easily got into contact with men.
The professor had been looking for a partner for Naida for 4 years. Eventually it became a male German shepherd and their first offspring showed that the work in this direction had to be continued.
The hybrids were stronger, of greater endurance, they rarely fell ill and had an incredible scent. For example they can find a trace three days old while for ordinary dogs 6-8 hours is a limit.
They live 25-30 years, the wolf-dogs are easily trainable. It was clear they were perfect for serving in the army or at a customs.
But they were useful in medicine too – thanks to their perfect scent they could distinguish blood of an oncological patient from blood of a healthy person! Sounds fantastic but it’s a fact!
Sometimes they become aggressive but it is still easily controlled.
They trust their owners but must be shown who’s the real leader anyway. It remains the main problem, the wolf-dogs are still not so trusted as they have to. A strong animal needs even a stronger owner and it’s not so simple.