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George Chandler
11-19-2017, 04:14 AM
Here is an interesting article:

http://sciencenordic.com/where-did-norwegian-wolves-originate--and-are-they-hybrids

What I don't understand is that it questions the possibility if were true hybrids as some theorize for this subspecies of wolf. They problem is that wolves and domestic dogs are too distant and although they can breed any offspring should be sterile?

George Chandler
11-19-2017, 06:11 PM
I should have put this in the Fauna thread. Can the admin transfer it there please?

Thanks
George

homunculus
11-19-2017, 07:05 PM
Here is an interesting article:

http://sciencenordic.com/where-did-norwegian-wolves-originate-—-and-are-they-hybrids

What I don't understand is that it questions the possibility if were true hybrids as some theorize for this subspecies of wolf. They problem is that wolves and domestic dogs are too distant and although they can breed any offspring should be sterile?

Wolfdogs are quite common in the wild and as pets, and since domestic dogs and wolves are practically the same species their offspring is quite fertile.

George Chandler
11-19-2017, 07:40 PM
Wolfdogs are quite common in the wild and as pets, and since domestic dogs and wolves are practically the same species their offspring is quite fertile.

I would love to see a genetic study as I remember a professor (and other items I've read) suggesting that a true wolf and a domestic dog will produce a hybrid (I have seen them) but the offspring will always be sterile. You see all sorts of "wolf dog" crosses but most are nothing more than a Shepherd/Husky/other mix variation which appear wolf like but are nothing more than a genetic domestic dog being sold as a 75% wolf pup. I was told it's similar to a female horse and a male donkey breeding to create a mule (which is again always sterile). I would love to see the genetics and some sort of reproductive study showing the pups can in fact reproduce.

George Chandler
11-19-2017, 07:51 PM
Here is an interesting web page that says they are "partially fertile"? Not sure what that means? Either it is fertile or it isn't??

http://www.macroevolution.net/wolf-dog-hybrids.html

George Chandler
11-19-2017, 08:07 PM
I guess that prof was wrong! This links details the chromosome connections that allows for fertile offspring. I figured that a Coyote and Wolf hybrid would be less likely due to them being difference species but I guess that is proven true as well. Interesting. I remember wasting to purchase one when I was young and the 2 month old pups were huge and when I saw the mother she was massive and looked just like a wolf. I never purchased one because another teacher at the time said the same thing and it was supposed to be just a scam.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canid_hybrid