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Controversial canines: Wolfdogs come to San Diego

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  • FRIDAY, November 8, 2013

    Wolfdog Events

    Wolfdog Events

    Friday, November 8 2013 6:40 PM EST2013-11-08 23:40:51 GMT
    WOLFDOG WALKS: Saturday, November 9th: 10:00am Seaport Village 2:00pm at Old Town San Diego. Sunday, November 10th: 10:00 am at the Balboa Park Lilly Pond. Contact: George Stapleton at (505) 4 
    WOLFDOG WALKS: Saturday, November 9th: 10:00am Seaport Village 2:00pm at Old Town San Diego. Sunday, November 10th: 10:00 am at the Balboa Park Lilly Pond. Contact: George Stapleton at (505) 4 

CORONADO (CBS 8) - Adopting a dog is a decision that should not be taken lightly, and that's especially true for anyone who wants to own a wolfdog.

If you're looking for a piece of the wild, you may consider adopting a wolfdog. Cale and Damu originate from a 1940s breed that's about 90 percent wolf.

Wolfdog owner Kimmi Kraus says most of the time when you hear about a wolfdog biting someone, the breed has been mistaken for a Siberian Husky or malamute mix.

"You see dogs that are in the shelters, and are they wolves or wolfdogs, but in all honesty they're northern breeds," she said.

Kimmi is the owner of Wolf Totem Ambassadors, an educational outreach group trying to redefine wolfdogs.

Passerby Rhonda Valdez stopped to pet the dogs because she used to own a wolfdog named Lobo.

"Ours was just very social, loved other animals, great with people, could be destructive around the house if you didn't walk them, if they didn't get their exercise, but they're great dogs," she said.

That exercise is key, because wolfdogs really need to burn off extra energy.

"They will literally tear up floors, tear doors off hinges, tear holes in walls," a dog lover said.

Which is why too many of them end up in shelters.

"I would say if you were interested in a wolfdog, find out what that actually means. Reach out to somebody that can help you. Do not believe someone who says they're going to sell you a wolfdog, and do not get a wolfdog thinking you will be able to take care of it because you took care of Buffy last year," George Stapleton of Expedition Wolfdog said.

But with patience and love, you could have a companion for life. Just know in advance that as puppies, they need early socialization, and when they grow up they require a raw diet.

"It's not everyone's cup of tea, but for those that really have a willingness to learn from them, to learn about them, do a lot of research and invest the time, they're a great animal. But it's really not for everyone," Kraus said.

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