Wolfdogs typically weigh between 70 to 100 pounds. Claims of animals significantly larger than that are usually flights of fancy. While wolves up to 140+ pounds have been recorded in the wild, these animals are very few and far between, and are considered an abnormal occurrence. Wolfdogs, even those mixed with large breeds like malamute and German shepherd, rarely reach more than 120 pounds in weight.
The animal pictured at left is a resident at Howling Woods Farm in Jackson, New Jersey, and, despite its enormous looks compared to the human in this image, weighs just shy of 100 pounds. He is mixed with malamute, accounting for his bulky build.
Wolfdogs, depending on content, and the breed(s) they are mixed with, have a rather varied appearance. But since they are mixed with husky, malamute, or German shepherd, it’s uncommon to find animals of any content that display traits such as floppy ears, brindle or merle markings, wiry coats, or brachycephalic facial structure.
Instead, wolfdogs are quite literally defined by their lupine attributes, and that typically means a long pointed muzzle, upright ears, a long body, and lanky build. They have double coats comprised of dense under-fur with a top layer of glossy guard hairs scattered throughout, and range in color from black to white, but seem to be most commonly found in a gray/cream hue known as agouti.
Depending on the wolf content, the temperament of a particular animal varies; generally-speaking, though, higher-content animals are more prone to exhibit intense “primitive” behaviors, such as escape artist tendencies, high prey drive, destructive curiosity, excessive mouthiness, skittishness in new places and situations, and a propensity to be more independent and “stubborn”.
Higher-content animals are also more likely to display lupine biological traits in conjunction with their behavioral ones. Thus, you will never have a higher-content animal that acts like a dog but looks like a wolf, no more so than you will have an animal that acts like a wolf but looks like a dog.