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April 21, 2010

why we hear about babies raised by wolves

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Love it. Built in babysitter for newborns. Does that make me a bad parent?

Posted by: Jim at April 21, 2010 3:04 PM

this is unbelievably sweet

Posted by: Kevin at April 21, 2010 3:15 PM

I don't want to be all "think of the children" but WHAT THE HECK IS A WOLF(-DOG?) DOING NEXT TO A BABY?

Posted by: Jemaleddin at April 21, 2010 3:19 PM

It's not a "wolf-dog" the owner person who put it on youtube is a fool. It's a Siberian Husky

Posted by: Logic at April 21, 2010 3:30 PM

re: jemaleddin - surprisingly large herding/pack dogs have proven to be quite gentle around children and babies. Humans have selectively bred for dogs who display the ability to discern "family" from "outsider", and can herd gently without harming the flock/stock/children.

Most people don't realize it, but the smaller dog breeds have been primarily bred for hunting and killing rats/foxes etc to protect grain stores. The majority of dog attacks on children/babies/other people comes primarily from small breeds.

Because the small breeds are usually trained less rigorously, they are deceptive in their power because of their size, and have been bred to attack and thrash/kill they are more volatile and unfortunately are more likely to be left unmonitored around small children.

<3 Think of the children!

Posted by: Laura at April 21, 2010 3:36 PM

Looks like a Malamute or Husky.

Posted by: Mike at April 21, 2010 3:54 PM

That is awesome, thanks for bringing it to our attention

Posted by: JnAStudios at April 21, 2010 4:25 PM

[dog near baby...] Yes, and without a camera-human anywhere in the vicinity!!!

Ze: I Love this. Thank you. Dogs have stopped settled my tears down lots of times.


Posted by: jeano at April 21, 2010 4:47 PM

husky's are amazing dogs- they're part people

Posted by: nader at April 21, 2010 5:29 PM

Jemaleddin: Singing a child to sleep, obviously.

Side note - Yay another Jem or Jem-like name!

Posted by: Jem at April 21, 2010 5:54 PM

@Jemaleddin - Calmly investigating the small bundle while being closely supervised. And it looks like a husky or malamute to me, not a wolf or wolf-dog.

If supervised, dogs and babies can get along fine.

Posted by: Tes at April 21, 2010 5:55 PM

Wow. It really does seem quite natural.

Posted by: Skipper at April 21, 2010 7:53 PM

I don't know many. It really didn't work for me. He was a little pitchy and all over the place.

Posted by: thom at April 21, 2010 9:12 PM

I'm guessing it is a Siberian.. we call ours who looks very similar to this one... wolf dog... due to them looking like a wolf.. but very sweet lovable family pets..

Posted by: shadow02 at April 21, 2010 9:44 PM

It could be a "wolf dog" - it's not uncommon to find wolves bread with "wolfy" breeds of dogs to create animals that retain more wolfy markings and the longer, leaner proportions of wolves, yet with temperaments more like that of their domesticated brethern.

Regarding what dog is most likely to bite, check this study: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/117/3/e374
Its a small study, but population adjusted figures actually give german shepards and dobermans substantially higher risk than any of the other breeds surveyed. But, the thing that stands out to me most is that the incidence of dog bite is very low at less than one year of age - then increaseses to it's highest point at 1 year and then trends down the older the child gets. Unless that baby gets a hold on the dog's fur, I'm sure it will be fine.

Posted by: KW at April 29, 2010 9:51 AM

Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

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