Obi was rescued in June of 2020 when he was three years old from his 5th home in Washington state. He was an owner-surrender. Obi is a neutered black-phase male.
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is Obi’s 6th, but final, home. Prior to coming to the sanctuary, he lived with several domestic dogs, preferring female canine companionship. Obi spent some time living with rescue, Kaya, but recently moved in with a new companion, Sox! The two are still getting acquainted but Sox adores her new friend so far.
As a low-content wolf-dog, Obi exhibits more domestic dog traits than wolf, especially when it comes to his desire to be around human caregivers. However, to this day, no one has heard Obi bark. He exclusively howls, which is a wolf trait. Wolves, after all, do not bark.
Likes & Dislikes
Obi is a huge fan of Sundays when he gets to eat bone-in chicken! While he generally has a great appetite, he has a soft spot for raw drumsticks. He also enjoys any time his Keeper friends come to visit and give him attention. That’s one of the best parts of the day!
While Obi enjoys going for walks, he has made it abundantly clear that his special paw pads will not touch the cement. He prefers to walk on grass, which, being that the sanctuary is located in a high-desert climate, is lacking as a viable option. Luckily, Obi is reasonable enough to compromise by walking over the shrubbery that does grow around here.
Obi traveled to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in June of 2020 from Washington state where he finally found his forever home. An owner-surrender, Obi left his 5th home in Washington to find stability and comfort. Being bounced around from home-to-home within the first three years of his life was taxing for Obi. Despite not fitting in with his previous homes, Obi was warmly welcomed by the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Team.
A DNA sample was sent to U.C. Davis for genetic testing to reveal Obi’s content-level as a wolf-dog. As of July 10th, we have yet to receive the results, but we will be sharing the data on this page in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
I’d love to help sponsor so I and meet him if that’s possible! Please email me with any further info I might need. Thank you!!?
Hi, I am the 5th owner of Obi. I am very curious how he is doing? We rescued Obi to begin with from his 4 previous homes! Although we weren’t interested in keeping him as we really didn’t have room for another rescue, we fell in love with him so decided to try to see if he would get along with our dogs instead of putting him in one of our compounds. (our place is entirely fenced in with 8′ fencing besides the wolf compounds being fenced in too) At first, he got a long great with all our dogs for quite a while, while our love grew even more for him, However, as he matured to sexual breeding age, he became aggressive with our other male dogs, and it became fights every days often requiring antibiotics for someone weekly! It broke our hearts, but we needed to find him a good home. I am very curious as to what his DNA results showed as I believe he is a higher wolf content then ‘low’??? Could you please tell us how he is doing and what his DNA showed? Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for your comment and question. Obi is certainly a special guy and we’re grateful to everyone that gave him such love and care before he came to stay with us! To answer your question, Obi has been DNA tested multiple times with different DNA tests, and both times he was shown to be a low-content as stated on his web page, with a percentage in the low 40’s. (For reference, a low-content is an animal with between 1%-49% wolf in their DNA.) Additionally, his phenotypes (physical characteristics) and behaviors are consistent with those of a low-content wolfdog.