The Dire Wolf Project
  created by the National American Alsatian Breeders Association

American Alsatian ...
domesticating history.

Criticism of the Dire Wolf Project

DireWolf Dog - Stanley - American Alsatian Dog - Dire Wolf Project

Stanley - a DireWolf Dog from 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 living 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.  

Some continue to sneer at us calling the project a waste of time because they believe that it is impossible to recreate the bone and body structure of the Dire Wolf all the while breeding only domesticated dogs. We agree that it is an arduous task, but we do not believe it is a waste of time for the simple fact that many things seem impossible at first, but prove to be able to be achieved through consistency and hard work, as well as having the daring personality to try. 

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 of 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. Afterall, the needs of the average western family have changed considerably from the time when our most beloved purebred dogs began to take shape. Two hundred years ago, dogs were almost exclusively used for work, apart from a few smaller examples. Now, though, working behaviors in large dogs can be a burden on busy families who need a dog to be a calm, gentle, loving companion and not an energetic dog driven to perform. 

We expect that the criticism of the Dire Wolf Project will continue because we are pushing the norms of what has been done before. We dare to never breed wolf into our lines to achieve a faster adherance to a wolf look. We dare to breed a new large breed of dog for specific companionship qualities that other large working dogs may lack. We dare to stand up for a new need when others shout that we should protect and preserve the old ones. We dare to challenge the wolfdog community and state the unecessary and harmful practice of breeding wild animals with domesticated ones. We dare to be different, essentially, and perhaps that is a threat to others or perhaps they are jealous. It is not our place to judge. Our goals may be lofty, but no one made it anywhere without first trying.