All Lupine Dogs are expected to be ‘high maintenance’, especially when young – they can be destructive in house, require lots of social contact with family, require regular time outside their enclosure/living area to explore and experience environmental enrichment, require ‘escape proof’ containment, and will be physically demanding due to their size, athleticism and intelligence. Their play can be rough and high energy and they all have a healthy prey drive. However, Classic Lupine Dogs will show the highest level of adaptability given appropriate training and socialisation and are most likely to make allrounders, excellent family companion pets capable of a variety of canine sports and disciplines.
Trainability: While their smartness can lead them to pick up bad habits, Classic Lupine Dogs will typically have more motivation for training than Intermediate and Advanced Lupine Dogs. Recall training should be possible.
Guarding & object holding: Should not show significantly more food/object guarding behaviour than other dog breeds. Any unwanted behaviour will be open to ‘shaping’ by positive reinforcement.
Same Gender Aggression: Same gender aggression should not be significantly higher in the Lupine Dog than in dog breeds who show this tendency, especially when neutered. Certainly, if trained they should be able to function under control on-lead in public places.
Greeting behaviour to dogs: Should have a relatively high level of tolerance for the unnaturally high levels of bounciness during greetings bred into some dog breeds.
Reaction to strange people: Should remain calm in the presence of strangers. While they may be initially aloof, they should ‘come around’ to well behaved strangers quickly.
General fear: While animals may be cautious of some novel/unnatural experiences, they should be open to adaptation, especially if introduced when young.