One of FLA's main objectives is to "provide education and information to members, breeders, governmental officials, shelter operators, and the general public for the ultimate benefit of lupines: wolves and wolfdogs" (FLA Constitution).
In addition to our website and our Florida Lupine News newsletter, we would also like to provide wolf- and wolfdog-related links to additional websites, discussion groups, and books. If you know of a resources with good information on wolfdogs, please bring it to our attention by e-mailing the webmaster at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Hybrid Regulations
It is important for wolfdog owners and prospective owners to be aware of the regulations that each state has in place pertaining to the keeping of wolfdogs (and wolves). The old law in Florida stated that wolfdogs were legal without any kind of permit if they had less than 75% wolf. However, the law changed in 2009 to read as follows:
F.A.C. Rule 68A-6.002(1)(d)
Hybrids resulting from the cross between wildlife and domestic animal, which are substantially similar in size, characteristics and behavior so as to be indistinguishable from the wild animal shall be regulated as wildlife at the higher and more restricted class of the wild parent.
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) rules that apply to wolfdogs and wolves in Florida are as follows:
Other Educational Websites
FLA would like to recommend the following websites (in no particular order):
FLA's Facebook Page & Group
FLA has a Facebook page for announcements and a Facebook group for FLA-related discussions. To join the group, simply click the link and request to join.
This is FLA's official Facebook page. It is for official notices and important information from FLA.
This is FLA's official Facebook group. It is a small group focused on discussing issues related to FLA. While it does not require you to be an FLA member to join, it is a closed group, so your join request will need to be approved by a group moderator.
Other Facebook Groups
FLA recommends the following additional wolfdog-related discussion groups. These groups are not directly affiliated with FLA, and FLA claims no responsibility for any discussions that occur on them. To join one, simply click the link and request to join.
This is a good introductory group free of drama and full of educational information. It is a large group, with nearly 3,000 members. It is also a closed group, so your join request will need to be approved by a group moderator.
This is a smaller group that also provides good educational information. It, too, is a closed group, so your join request will need to be approved by a group moderator.
This is a small, focused group for discussing wolfdog genetic issues. As with most wolfdog-related Facebook groups, this one is also a closed group, so your join request will need to be approved by a group moderator.
This is a small, local group based in Port Charlotte, Florida, to assist wolfdog owners with issues they are having cohabitating with their canine counterparts.
FLA would like to recommend the following books:
This is a fantastic book for the wolfdog beginner. We highly recommend it. We also have it available for sale on our merchandise page. Click here to order.
This is also a great book for the wolfdog beginner or advanced owner. Click here to order (from Dogwise Publishing).