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.
Misu is part of our study pack. Misu is a verified 87% F4 wolfdog. He is the sweetist, most loving wolfdog with people he knows well and trusts. Yet can be shy and slow to warm up to strangers. Misu spends a lot of time half-heartedly testing Chato, but tucks and rolls submissively very quickly if he feels he has pushed Chato too far. His favorite pastime is watching the native birds and wildlife in and around his habitat, but he also loves the scent trailing enrichment we do for him.