the_only_lol_king: How would a German Shepherd fair against a wolf?1 vs 1 battle.I expect a wolf to win but I have heard of golden retrievers fighting a cougar to protect there owners and survive. So since German shepherds are stronger than retrievers how would they fair against a wolf?

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Answer by PTDepends on the physical condition and age of the GSD and wolf. Many types of dog breeds were bred to kill wolves, so it would not be a surprise if the GSD won. I would not underestimate a wolf though.

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Answer by ErnestYes, a German Shepherd with a strong dominant and aggressive fight drive could hurt a wolf. Some German Shepherds are just as big as wolves and if an alpha wolf and alpha GSD fought, it could probably go either way... yes I understand a wolf is wild but do not underestimate the power of a strong work or fight drive in a GSD. Wolves might have a slight advantage but a big agile shepherd could definitely give him a serious run for his money.

Answer by G"houndThe wolf wouldn"t waste its energy attacking in such a situation unless it was starving and had a den full of pups to feed or protect, and the GSD would need to be the dumbest GSD on the planet to antagonize a wild wolf.

Answer by Panthera oncaAre you serious? Have you seen two alpha males fighting?

Answer by FinnikI owned a German Shepherd. We sadly had to have him put down last year due to cancer which had destroyed his liver and spleen. But let me tell you: he most definitely would"ve killed a wolf fair and square. How do I know that? Because he once almost did.

While we were going on a walk one evening at around 8 pm in the winter we were attacked by what I first thought to be a husky. However, during the fight I got one or two good looks at the "dog" and realized that it was definitely a grey wolf.

The fight didn"t last very long because my GSD simply grabbed the wolf by the back of his head. Have you ever heard a wolf screaming in fear for his life? That sound belongs to a horror movie! However, while my dog was holding him like that, the wolf slowly laid down as if he had accepted his fate. Once he was on the ground and stayed there for a good few seconds my dog let go of him and the wolf ran away.

I wonder to this day why he didn"t kill the wolf, because by now I know that he definitely would"ve been able to. How do I know that? Because he broke my arm through a biting glove (I dared him to, I wanted to see if he could) and he actually bit holes in about 3mm strong steel.

However, my dog can"t be seen as an example for the average GSD as he was way taller and heavier than German Shepherds usually are, weighing about 130 lbs while standing 2 feet and 8 inches tall.

Answer by Rayven ~ Here we Gowell first off the GR was protecting her territory and sell not her owner. The only reason the dog lived is was like most predators the cougar decided to go for easier prey.

At the end of the day unless one turns tail and runs the wild predator will have the advantage over the domestic dog.

Answer by GradyThe size is so close that I’d say half the time the wolf would win and half the time the German shepherd would win. If it was 5 wolves vs 1 German shepherd, then the wolves. 5 German shepherds vs 1 wolf, German shepherds would win.

Answer by george in reply to Gradyever heard the saying: “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog that counts”. I’ve read the comments on many of these “GSD vs wolf” forums and have heard some of the dumbest things. in most cases the “experts” give it to the wolf, citing wild instincts, bite force and the like. a wolf’s strength is his pack. but all things being equal I"ll give it to the GSD.

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even when two alpha males fight it’s never to the death. one always ends up running away with his tail between his legs. therefore, l believe that an equal-sized dog with a strong temperament could win the fight. after all, the wolf’s ultimate instinct is to survive.