It is not hard to imagine a giant Wolfdog becoming an internet sensation because of his sheer size. That is exactly what happened to Yuki, who became famous for his size, following a very rough life.
Yuki is a part dog and part wolf, and the very rare wolfdog hybrid is actually 87.5% Gray Wolf, 8.6% Siberian Husky, with 3.9% German Shepherd – as reported by his residence, the Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples, Florida. A few months ago, Yuki achieved viral fame because he is so large people thought he was fake.
Yuki was rescued at 8-months-old by Shy Wolf Sanctuary back in 2008, after he had grown too large for his owner to properly care for.
The now 12-year-old gentle giant is getting shown off to the world by Shy Wolf Sanctuary volunteer, Brittany Allen, who shares pictures of the 120-pound Yuki to Instagram. When she initially shared the photos, there were many people who offered to adopt the large wolfdog, however, due to terminal illness, he was not going to be put up for adoption.
Because he's mostly wolf, he's considered a "high content wolfdog." Wolfdog hybrids, according to the International Wolf Center, live roughly 12 to 14 years in captivity, the same as a large domestic dog.
While both dogs and wolves are able to breed together, it's "rare" that hybrids can come about naturally, as "the territorial nature of wolves leads them to protect their home ranges from intruding canines such as dogs, coyotes and other wolves," the center said.
Yuki, described as a "ladies man" and a "ham" with a "strong personality."
Unfortunately, the 12-year-old, who often finds his way onto the Internet of Shy Wolf, is terminally ill. The sanctuary said Yuki has blood cancer, and is not available for adoption.