From the beginning, the dog has been ‘man’s best friend’. But today, many puppies are sadly bred only for commercial gain. Their health and happiness – and that of their parents – tragically comes second to either making cash or creating the next show-ring ‘fad’.
Our goal at the World Of Lupines Foundation (W.O.L.F.) is to help preserve and protect this most sacred of bonds between man and nature by promoting the highest ethical standards for raising Natural-type dogs as family companions.
“The purpose of W.O.L.F. is firstly to be an educational service providing information about the true nature of wolf-like dogs and wolfdogs. Secondly, we provide support and welfare services including associations with experts in behaviour, biology and welfare/rescue. As well as our global services, we facilitate local ‘zone representatives’ who can provide specific localised support and information. Finally, we provide a registry and regulatory structure for ethical breeders and responsible owners of wolf-like dogs and wolfdogs around the globe through our Lupine Dog breed development programme.
The goal of the Lupine Dog breeding programme is to re-create the health and vitality of the naturally evolved canine, removing all symptoms of physical extremism, but with a more developed social canine nature. They should possess a natural, wolf-like appearance, poise and ease of movement – however unlike a wolf they are behaviourally adapted to a domestic living environment.
The Lupine Dog breeding programme carries several features which make it unique. Firstly, animals will only be registered from breeders and owners who are signed up to our strict ethical code of conduct. Secondly, we allow out-crossing and encourage bloodline sharing across our international network, evaluating each generation for breed quality to ensure consistency to type. Thirdly, we utilise a classification system for Lupine Dogs, which gives an indication to the degree of adaptability to the modern environment that each dog may be expected to show. This classification system enables potential owners to find the dog that best matches their capabilities and living environment and allows breeders working within the structure the opportunity to follow different breeding goals regarding the natural qualities of the Lupine Dog while still remaining united in their common goals.”