Criticism of the Dire Wolf Project
Even though the Dire Wolf Project is progressing well, as with all programs of this nature, it has endured much criticism and even outright distaste over the years. Some have argued that no living Dire Wolf DNA tissue or descendant exists, therefore the Dire Wolf cannot truly be bred back. However, the Dire Wolf Project does not intend to recreate or breed back the Dire Wolf, except in exact measurement in bone and body structure. While models of Dire Wolves have been formed using existing skeletal structure, there has never been a live representation of the Dire Wolf to compare its movement and looks based on the structural build it possessed. By exactly replicating the Dire Wolf in this way, The Dire Wolf Project intends to find out how the movement dynamics, facial features, and weight were experienced in the Dire Wolf.
However, because the Dire Wolf Project aims to create a domesticated dog breed that resembles the Dire Wolf in bone and body structure, there has also been criticism from the dog world. Many do not see the purpose for creating a new breed of dog, much less a dog breed that does not have a working function other than to be a companion. We respectfully disagree that a companion type temperament in a large breed of dog is unnecessary in our modern age. Companion dogs with no working type behaviors are a worthy goal if they can perform their companionship duties without excessive behavioral difficulties that make it strenuous for average working families to house them.