wolf dog

noun

1
: any of various large dogs formerly kept for hunting wolves
2
: the offspring of a wolf and a domestic dog

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These pups may share traits with wolves, but wolf dog breeds are just as adorable, energetic, and smart as any other doggo on the block. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 12 July 2022 So, go on, take a scroll and find the wolf dog breed for your next stroll around the neighborhood. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 12 July 2022 One wolf dog in particular seemed to bond with Cole in a way that's totally reminiscent of Jon Snow and his dire wolf Ghost. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, 16 July 2018 But wolves and wolf dogs are naturally very timid and shy. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, 6 June 2018 The farm is home to 18 wolf dogs, which range from being partially wolf to almost pure wolf. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, 6 June 2018 Now, Neo's finally settled in at Wolf Connection, a wolf dog sanctuary in California. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 11 Oct. 2016 Since many states restrict or ban wolf dog ownership, Neo needed a new home, and his owner agreed to give him up to special rescue center. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 11 Oct. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wolf dog was in 1652

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“Wolf dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolf%20dog. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

wolf dog

noun
1
: any of various large dogs formerly kept for hunting wolves
2
: a hybrid offspring of a wolf and a domestic dog

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