What it’s like to live with a rare dog that’s almost 30 percent wolf

A woman from West Yorkshire who shares her home with a wolfdog claimed he had a “lovely and gentle nature”.

Sylvia Elfa, 21, from Birstall, turned heads as she walked her dog Sascha, a six-month-old Czechoslovakian wolfdog who is around 29% of Carpathian wolves.

She says she was “determined” to adopt a Czechoslovakian after hearing about them when she was only 13 years old.

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She said: “I’ve always loved wolves, and when I discovered wolfdogs are a real thing that people can keep as pets.

“I was determined it would be my dog. A husky, or a malamute, or a shepherd just wouldn’t do for me.



Sylvia started walking because of Sascha’s curious nature

There are three types of wolfdogs in the UK, including American, Saarloos and Czechoslovakian wolfdogs.

Sylvia added, “American types are the big, beautiful, and truly wolfish wolf / dog hybrid type, while Saarloos and Czechoslovakians are purebred dog breeds with around 30% wolf blood since development.

“I chose a Czechoslovakian because he has a reputation for being the most canine and the easiest to live with and train.”

Sascha, who was named after Ali G actor Sacha Baron Cohen, is a low-content wolfdog. His breed was created in 1955 from a cross between a German Shepherd dog and a Carpathian wolf.



Sascha has wolf eyes
Sascha has wolf eyes

There is only one kennel that breeds Czechoslovakian wolfdogs in the UK, making them the rarest breed in the country.

Sylvia said: “He was imported from a very respected old kennel in the Czech Republic that I have admired since I first discovered the breed.”

Veterinarian student Sylvia adopted Sascha when he was just 11 weeks old.

She said: “He’s either extremely relaxed or he’s bouncing off the walls with excitement and there’s very little in between.

“He loves people and he loves other dogs more.

“He’s not the bravest dog in the world, and sometimes he loses staring contests with our neighbor’s cats, but I know he would do his best to defend me against any threat a shopping bag or neon orange coat. “

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As Sascha got older people recognized the wolf in him because he once looked like a German Shepherd. Although he does not have quite the courage of a wolf, he does have the intelligence.

Sylvia said, “He started bringing my shoes to me when he wanted to go for a walk in the first two weeks I got them.

“If I ever want to teach him a trick, it usually only takes half of my breakfast croissant, and he’ll either give his paw or jump to open the door for me.

Sylvia loves Sascha not only because of her unusual wolfish appearance, but also for the joy and love he brings her.

She said: “He enriches my life in the usual dog way, always being happy, always close, always encouraging me to get up and do something other than sit and watch a screen.

“He’s the dog I’ve wanted for over eight years, and I’ve never been an early riser, but I’m happy to wake up at 7am every morning just because he’s there. If you ask anyone in my family you would know how bad it is.

“I’ve never been the type to walk around either, but I love the adventures he takes me on. And he’s handsome, of course.

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