Before choosing your Lupine Dog, it is very important to check whether the area/country you live in has restrictions on certain dog breeds, or the ownership of dogs with any wolf content or more recent wolf ancestry (for example, the UK has a restriction on ownership of wolfdogs who are less than three generations removed from a pure wolf – these animals require a dangerous wild animal licence and would face restrictions on their activity and lifestyle.)
Lifestyle – The majority of these breeds are smart and social and need active lives with plenty of social stimulation. They do better through having canine company. They usually require significant input of time and effort and require significant environmental enrichment.
Containment – Many of these breeds are likely to be destructive if left in the home unsupervised. For short periods, crate training may be necessary and for longer periods, outdoor containment may be necessary. Some may enjoy spending significant time outdoors, again necessitating the need for large outdoor containment. They are skillful escape artists – fences may need to be at least 6ft tall, and may also require overhangs to prevent your animal from climbing over. Dig guards may also be necessary along the base to prevent escapes. Roaming natural type animals are usually very poorly received by members of the public/the authorities, so it is ESSENTIAL that you ensure your animal is contained safely. Tethers are not an appropriate containment system.
Exercise – Exercise varies between foundation breeds/types. Those with significant working dog input eg, sled dog or shepherd dog will require significant levels of exercise – several hours walking or some running time (eg, on a running belt) daily.