Video posted to YouTube by MabinogiKaworukun.
Well, the humans here found this charming and not at all intimidating. Handsome wolf-dog of some sort.
A wolfdog (also called a wolf–dog hybrid or wolf hybrid) is a canid hybrid resulting from the mating of a wolf (various Canis lupussubspecies) and a dog (Canis lupus familiaris). The term “wolfdog” is preferred by most of the animals’ proponents and breeders because the domestic dog recently was taxonomically recategorized as a subspecies of wolf. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the United States Department of Agriculture refer to the animals as wolf–dog hybrids. Rescue organizations consider any dog with wolf heritage within the last five generations to be a wolfdog, including some established wolfdog breeds.
The idea of the wolf-dog watching over the child put us in mind of the story of Romulus and Remus. According to the foundation myth of Rome, these two twins founded Rome after being raised by wolves.That’s the short story as I remember it from my Latin classes. The long story – interesting – is HERE.
Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1616 (Capitoline Museums): Romolo e Remo allattati dalla Lupa (Roma, Musei capitolini). The painting depicts Shepherd Faustolo (on the right) finding Romulus and Remus nursed by a wolf (center). An old man (symbolizing the Tevere river) and a woman (Rea Silva, mother of Romolo and Remo) help in the scene on the left.