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Wildlife Wednesday ~ Zeus, Wolfdog Extraordinaire

When I first saw images of Zeus from the @yamnuskawdsanct Instagram account, I knew I had to visit. I had to meet this wolfdog.

Zeus Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

A momentary lapse from his very serious look … Zeus flashes his pearly whites.

High content wolfdog

Four year-old Zeus is a high content wolfdog or an F1, meaning his mom was pure wolf – although captive.

Zeus 2 Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Wolfdogs are beautiful creatures but perhaps not best kept as pets.


Who’s the most wolfie?

Unlike the lower content dogs that would eat from my hand, Zeus was guarded and stand-offish, only nearing a safe distance away for the lure of a treat. Tame but not domesticated, Zeus, one of the four high content wolf dogs onsite, definitely seemed the most ‘wolfie’ to me.

Wolfdog rescue and rehabilitation

The Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary was founded in June 2011 and exists primarily to educate people about responsible wolf dog ownership and dispel the many myths surrounding wolves and wolfdogs. The sanctuary also acts as a rescue organization that rehabilitates and rehomes wolf dogs when possible. For more information on this wonderful organization, check them out online at or hop on over to Instagram for more wonderful images of their dogs @yamnuskawdsanct.

Watch for another post coming soon on my visit to Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary.

Love wolves? Check out my image of arctic wolves from Parc Omega.

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