Yup - you do. You ca't treat them like a domestic dog because they aren't one. The one I used to co-habitate with (you don't own them either) saw me as a member of his pack whom he used to challenge fairly often for leadership. At the same time he would defend me if he needed to -I have no doubt that he would have given his life to do so if need be. On many occasions he would "plant" himself in front of me if he sensed anything or anyone threatening me. He also recognized any other naimals in the house and in my parents house as members of his pack.
And let's not forget the warped sense of humor. Lol!
Hybrids are definitely not for everyone though.
I miss him :(
wolves are pack animals and the pack as a whole does a lot for each individual animal - social skills are taught, discipline etc. Without the pack, wolves have great difficulty learning these things. Then of course, there is the freedom to roam as they please. Wolves are not domestic dogs, they must be allowed to roam or they will simply take off whenever given the chance.
I known two different people to have wolves as pets - in one situation, the wolf was a mess and had to be removed and given to a sanctuary. In the second, the wolf was always escaping and roaming around town. She is a wonderful animal and very social, but still a wolf - she is lucky no one has ever shot her.
We have a wolf hybred. You can see his pic on my profile page. His name is Wisper. Wisper came to us threw our animal rescue.
Now there is a huge difference between a hybred and a pure blood. Hybreds have very doggy tendency's. Such as acceptance of humans as their pack and accepting the foods that domestic dogs eat and remaining healthy.
With the addition of Wisper to our family my wife became very involved with the wild wolf in the US. She has found out the last 3 years that approximently 90% of the so called wolves in captivity are actually hybreds or not wolf at all but a combination of two domestic dog breeds. Most usually Husky, which are great wonders and love to run away, just to be running. The Husky is crossed with either a German Shepheard or a Malamute to get a domestic wolf looking dog, which un-scrupulous breeders pass off as wolves or wolf hybreds. Then the unsuspecting new owners then treat this domestic dog as a wild animal which usually makes the animal either ill, or mentally unstable, simply because domestic dogs are not wolves. Just their distant cousins.
If you believe you have a wolf or wolf hybred, I suggest you get a DNA test. If there is any wolf in your animal the DNA test will come back as unidentified as part of your animals DNA. Simply because wolves are domestic dog cousins, the difference between there DNA is very small. But they do have DNA profiles for about 99% of all domestic dogs. So if it's unidentified, you can assume that part is wolf. This isn't infaliable testing, but it's as good as we have at the moment.