Skip to comments.The mysterious coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf
Posted on 03/09/2014 2:01:08 PM PDT by DBCJR
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OMG, they are doggie divinity!
I *like* pointy dogs.
[and you need not worry that wolves will eat you, now]
Yeah, I watched that a few weeks ago. Amazing creatures. Right there in downtown Chicago, New York, and Toronto.
Thankfully, our coyotes in Alabama are the scrawnier, littler kind. I do image they’ll be on their way down here, eventually. Nature abhors a vacuum and bigger predators just aren’t here except people.
Makes me wonder what will happen when the Coywolf meets the Red Wolves reintroduced into North Carolina.
Ain't dat da truth!
:) Apparently new neighbor is really into them. He described a get together with a bunch of other Borzoi owners on a large property. About fifty Borzois took off after a rabbit and by his description they clearly began working together in an instant. Amazing since they weren’t familiar with each other until that day. On the run they assumed the roles of leader, followers and flankers with no apparent confusion about it. He said it was beautiful to watch and I can see why.
It’s pretty cool that they do it without even a practice run together and that it’s not just a competition of fastest one gets there first.
That is the beauty of the sighthound.
They all *just know* what to do.
I had 4 Ibizans here that were related but not familiar with each other, really.
Along with them, there were 2 Dobes and a small Am Staff.
One day, the aggravating squirrel who tormented them daily from the safety of the old maple in the front yard went suddenly stoopid and leaped into the back yard, right in their collective midst.
In a flash, the Ibizans gave chase and shockingly, the Dobes and AmStaff followed.
It was the only time I ever heard their infamous yodeling, war cry.
The squirrel made it to the back fence but not before Renne, the bitch in the lead, chomped down on his tail.
“Stumpy” lived many more years after that but never bothered the dogs again.
I only have Djinni the Ibizan and Gypsy, the Portuguese Podengo Medio left now but every spring and summer is spent keeping them from murdering my chipmunks.
Gypsy, smaller and fuzzier, zooms under the thickets to flush them out and Djinni, tail ‘flagging’ like crazy awaits on the edge of the briars to seize them as they run out.
It’s amazing how well they coordinate their hunt but still, I like my little chippies *alive*.
I used to go to lure coursing events and the Borzoi and Scottish Deerhounds were my favorites to watch.
Very pointy dogs.
I did not realize the threat level in other parts of the country. Here in the PNW, you will hear about the occasional cougar attack, and wolves are being reintroduced, but people generally still wander with no protection in forest areas. The ones who do carry do so as much for homo sapien threats as animal.
I guess the fact that the northwest has no where near the population density of humans and pets has to do the lack of hybrid or cross development?
it's not a race, it's survival, and they know it without having to be taught
poetry in motion
A pack of dogs coming together can assess hierarchy via body language and smell faster than the human eye can even perceive.
Especially hounds, that were specifically bred to cooperate with each other.
To them, ‘the pack’ is much more of a cooperative collective than a competitive rank.
LOL Yes, they kind of make your dobies look stocky and blocky. ;-)
If you’re squeamish about the real purpose of Borzoi, don’t watch...:)
Nice pack of Lurchers, there, too.
It’s not unusual for coyotes and domestic dogs to breed so what’s the big deal.
Just one dog screwing another dog and making puppies.
My first Dobes were of the old "pointy" type.
My current are Euros which are quite stocky/blocky.
There was a time in their history where they were much more "greyhound-y"
We live in an area in NC around a lake where the homes are all on lots of 5 acres or more. Husband and I argued about whether what we have been seeing was wolf or coyote. Now I know. The cats are no longer allowed to roam needless to say. The dog is an amstaff - I don’t let him roam either, but for different reasons.
Truthfully, we need the deer control. I think everyone in the county has lost a vehicle to deer. They are out of control, so I guess I’ll welcome these big guys.
I didn’t think they were coyote because they are so much larger than what I saw growing up in Oklahoma and Texas. Husband said not wolf, because he’d seen the real thing in Alaska.
I love it, myself.
[that’s probably why I hang around with bikers, too]
It's very hard to exaggerate how slender and pointy a Borzoi is. :)
I can tell you from many years of experience, they suck at deer control.
They’re more inclined to smaller, less troublesome prey..like cats, dogs, young livestock.
An AmStaff won’t bother them.
They’ll swarm it and kill it.
When we had a plague of them here, I let my Ibizans and Dobes out into a securely fenced back yard and *still* stood watch over them with a gun.
The modern Borzoi are much bulkier and hairier than the originals, of which there were some in that video pack.
If you didn’t watch closely, you’d think they were Greys or Lurchers because they lack the heavy feathering of today’s Borzoi.
I was thrilled to find such an old video of them.
Had no idea such things even existed.
Yup, still got it.
Going outside every day now to see if the trees have buds, which birds have returned, etc because I’m *going crazy* waiting for warm weather.
[first 70 degree day we have, I’ll *carry* the bike across all the mud, if I have to]
Notice how they did not really have the typical "Roman nose" of modern dogs?
They were much less pointy, then...:)
one for bob. ;)
Neighbor Guy's dogs look a lot like this one body wise.
really good video...
Thanks for posting the link.
Said in true ThomasThomas fashion lol!
Well also the red wolves are not that large. About 85 lbs I think so you could actually see a regular wolf up there. My sister and brother in law lived outside of Waynesville for a few years and they actually had a grey wolf waltz through their yard. It was larger than their Great Pyranees which is about 100 lbs. She also said she saw a red wolf once running along the road as she was driving. They lived way out in Feinnes Creek in the boonies.
I live in a rural area that has some strange people, so I’m sure there are two legged predators to be careful of on the hiking trails-I’ve only come across fellow hikers, fortunately.
There are seasonal residents in the RV parks and cabins here-snow birds who winter here, mostly-they are not careful to keep their pets confined, and I’m sure it does contribute to cross breeding-most of the cats and dogs the local shelter adopts out were lost in RV parks-one of my 3 cats is an RV refugee.
There has never been a cougar attack anywhere near here-they are content to eat what nature provides, and the occasional loose pet-I see tracks sometimes, but I’ve never seen the cat that made them. The animal I fear an encounter with most is a wild/feral hog-they are all over the place, very aggressive, and they can kill you.
I forget the breed of the cat in the picture, but I think they are pretty safe...
What in the hell do they call a Dobe/Poodle cross-a doodle? A poodobe? What an awful idea-poor dogs.
The cat looks really cool but having normal size cats scratch is enough, thanks.
It’s getting that bad.
You have a great memory.
They are such serene, dignified, beautiful, elegant dogs that some would never imagine what incredibly efficient killers they are.
That’s how they end up in shelters, too.
People not doing their homework, as it were.
I like your neighbor.
Yes, they are ... until they start playing with each other and they look like total dogtard doofuses. LOL
They really like to play.
I would not have guessed they were wolf hunting dogs or efficient killers. Having never seen one before they looked a little fragile to me. Clearly not the case.
The Bengal cat was created by crossing domestic and small wild cats. It works slightly better in the feline world, but generally I agree with you.
Might be a serval.
Nope, not fragile....:)
Some dope on YouTube a has video praising two Borzois’ pack behavior towards his Dobe.
He was lucky they were tolerant dogs.
Hell if I’d let two of ‘em “play” with mine.
It’s wise to know limitations.
All sight hounds play like dorks.
I think some of it might be from their extreme spinal flexibility.
If you can move like you’re made of rubber bands, you probably will.
“I forget the breed of the cat in the picture, but I think they are pretty safe...”
They've been enjoying all the snow we've had this year too. Most dogs seem to think snow is a blast but I guess a Russian wolf hound might look at it as a necessity. ;-) ha
There’s nothing quite like watching sight hounds play.
I’m at a loss with only one, now
She and the PPM play a little I but the Dobes don’t speak her body language and she’s not much on playing with them.
I think I’ll dig up my old videos and watch my bouncy pack for a bit.
They eat CARS too? Damn!
- Bullwinkle J. Moose
"If you can move like youre made of rubber bands, you probably will."
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