Wolf hybrids are dogs that have been bred from two different species of animals (wolf and dog). They’re not just any ordinary dogs either; they’re usually larger than purebred dogs, with long hair and sometimes even claws. Some are even capable of producing pups! These unique creatures have become popular pets among some people because they look like their wild ancestors but behave more like domesticated ones.
The term “hybrid” was first used in the early 20th century, when it referred to dogs that had been crossed between domestic dogs and wolves. Today, however, the word refers to any animal or creature that has been genetically modified through artificial means.
Hybrids can range from very rare to common. For example, there are many breeds of foxes found throughout Europe. There are also several types of rats, including red and white varieties.
And there are dozens of other kinds of rodents, such as hamsters, gerbils and crayfish.
There’s no hard-and-fast rule about which animals can be considered “pure” breeds or “mixed.” Some people believe that only certain breeds should be allowed to exist at all. Others believe that the only rule is that nature cannot be altered.
But no one can deny that many hybrid animals are becoming increasingly popular as pets.
For example, many people now keep ferrets as pets. They are a favorite of some people because they can be taught to perform simple tricks when they’re young. While ferrets can make great pets, there are many states and cities that outlaw them because they have a reputation for being wild and difficult to manage.
There are concerns that they could become overpopulated and damage the local environment if they were ever released into the wild.
And while some people have suggested breeding wild animals such as bears, lions and wolves with domestic animals, this could cause many problems. For example, if you bred a domestic cat with a lion, the resulting creature would be larger and more dangerous than any mountain lion. Not only that, such large cats would require a lot of space to roam around in.
There’s also the concern that such creatures could interbreed with their wild relatives, wiping out the entire species. This problem already exists with many of our domesticated animals, which have interbred with their wild ancestors to the point where they’ve changed so much that they’re barely even the same creature anymore.
Most hybrid animals are bred for specific purposes. For example, there are many types of lab rats that are bred for different experiments. There are also animals that have been bred for the sole purpose of supplying parts for medical reasons.
No matter what type of animal you’re breeding, however, there are going to be ethical concerns involved.
So far, a lot of attention has focused on livestock such as pigs, cows and chickens, which have been the subject of many arguments. For example, in the state of Massachusetts alone, thousands of cows and pigs are kept in small crates in small pens for much of their lives while they’re milked or egged. This practice is highly criticized by some people because they believe the animals are living miserable lives and deserve better.
The questions of animal welfare are serious ones.
Whose responsibility is it to make sure animals are treated humanely? Is it up to the public, who ultimately decides whether or not to buy a certain product? Or is it up to the companies that own the animals in the first place? And if so, do these companies have a right to make as much money as they can off their livestock, regardless of how they treat them?
The debate over hybrid animals is just beginning. So far, the only real consensus is that purebred animals should not be mixed. Whether or not this will continue remains to be seen.
A Brief History of Animal Domestication
As long as humans have existed, we’ve tamed certain wild animals to make them a part of our family. There’s evidence that this has been going on for thousands and thousands of years. For example, archaeologists recently found a mandible (part of a jaw) that belonged to a wolf that had a bone fragment growing in it.
This indicated that someone had taken the trouble to heal the wolf and keep it as a pet.
Over the years, humans have kept an eye on the animals in their region to see which ones were the best to bring into their family. While most animals haven’t made the cut, others such as sheep, cows and pigs are some of the earliest examples of domestication. Meanwhile, other countries had their own preferences.
In Egypt, people domesticated the cat to act as a natural pest control.
In the last few centuries, animal husbandry has exploded with new technology. Horses that used to take humans days to tame now only take hours, thanks to horse whisperers and special horse whispering methods. Meanwhile, some animals have been crossbred to create entirely new species such as pigs who have extra muscles to become “razorback” pigs for slaughter.
While animal husbandry has become more common in recent decades, it’s still relatively new compared to the concept of pet ownership. In the past, farmers would own a majority of domestic animals. Most people didn’t own any pets and even if they did, it wasn’t nearly as common for someone to own a wild animal.
This has changed a great deal. We now have such things as exotic pet stores and wildlife parks as well as a thriving market for certain creatures.
Some people, such as PETA, view this as a step backwards for mankind. They believe that animals should not be treated as commodities and instead be free to live their lives in the wild. While PETA has yet to gain much traction in the political world, they have caused quite a bit of controversy in the media over the years.
More moderate views can be found with the American Human Association, who are concerned about how some animals are treated. They believe that animals should only be treated as commodities if they’re treated well. For example, most members would be against dragging a shark behind a boat, but wouldn’t have a problem with slaughtering the shark for food.
Meanwhile, there is a very lucrative business in selling exotic pets to the rich. This has created a huge market in countries such as Mexico where people can easily smuggle animals into the US. While federal laws are in place, they’re often poorly enforced in third world countries and it doesn’t help that many of the animals are endangered.
The final view comes from companies such as Zoosadism Inc, who believe that humans have a right to use animals for our own needs and entertaining purposes. They believe that not every animal is cut out to be free and that those who are can be found in environments that suit them. They also believe that animals were put on this planet for humans to do as they wish.
The biggest argument regarding animal rights is the fact that humans have no right to tell an animal what it can or can’t do with their lives, even if it means locking them up or killing them for food or other reasons. Some might call this speciesism, but that’s a debate for another time.
While animal rights seems to be the popular option, it’s not necessarily the most practical. There are just too many animals and not enough good homes for them all. Even if you’re an advocate for humans having the right to do what they want, there’s still the problem that some animals just don’t make good pets or won’t make a good contribution to society even if they’re not kept as pets.
How does your character feel about this issue? Do they have a pet and if not, would they like to have one? Are they content with the current treatment of animals? Do they believe that animals have rights or do they think that it’s natural order for humans to eat some creatures as food or to keep them as pets?
This issue could affect your story in a number of ways, if say a group of animal rights activists somehow caused trouble for your company then you could have a problem. Maybe you find an abandoned pet and need to figure out what to do with it. Maybe you come into possession of illegally smuggled animal or something else relating to the issue.
The final option isn’t really an issue, but rather a question.
Does your character have any views on art? Is it important to society? Do people waste their time with it? Is it a luxury that only the rich can afford? Do people take it too seriously? Is it useless?
Some people believe art is a reflection of society while others say the two are completely unrelated. Some people think that certain art forms are superior to others, like say music is better than painting. Other people believe that all art is equal. There are also people who don’t care for art at all.
If your character had to save either a priceless piece of art or a person, which would they choose?
To some people the question has an obvious answer, but not to everyone.
Would your character even care? If they saw a person stepping in front of a speeding bus, would they rush and push them out of the way? If they saw a painting crumbling from water damage, would they rush and save it?
This issue could affect your story in a number of ways, perhaps your company is commissioned to do some restoration work or your character is taking an art class. Maybe you or a loved one is taken hostage by someone who doesn’t agree with your view on art.
Now that you’ve chosen a topic, you have to write about it. You’re not in elementary school anymore, so don’t just write whatever and try to get away with it. Think about what you’re writing and make sure to back up any claims you make with solid examples.
Cite any outside sources or anyone you’ve spoken with while doing your research.
Your goal is to get a good grade for this paper, but also to learn something and have fun doing it. Try to keep this in mind while writing and you’ll do fine. Good luck!
Back to school.
Sources & references used in this article:
- From Wolf to Dog (V Morell – Scientific American, 2015 – JSTOR)
- Pampered pooches or plain pariahs? The Ashkelon dog burials (P Wapnish, B Hesse – The Biblical Archaeologist, 1993 – journals.uchicago.edu)
- From wolf to dog: Late Pleistocene ecological dynamics, altered trophic strategies, and shifting human perceptions (DF Morey, R Jeger – Historical Biology, 2017 – Taylor & Francis)
- Genomic and archaeological evidence suggest a dual origin of domestic dogs (J Bradshaw – 2012 – Basic Books)