Biologists such as Adolph Murie, Gordon Haber and David Mech have studied free ranging wild wolves throughout North America for decades. Scientists have also thoroughly studied captive-born wolves since Rudolph Schenkel began his studies in the 1940s, however very little research has been done on wolfdogs. So we began a long-term Wolfdog project at Indigo Mountain in 2005 which focuses on development, social behaviors, learning, training, enrichment and nutrition. Our studies are carried out through observation and documentation and use no aversive methods or invasive procedures. It is our hope that the information gathered will help wolfdog owners gain a greater understanding of their companion animals and raise the bar in animal care and husbandry.
Chato joined our study pack in 2006. He is a verified 85% F3 wolfdog and is currently the dominant male of our study pack. He is a little reserved with new people, but warms up quickly especially if a treat is involved. He loves back scratches, chest rubs and just about anyone's lap.