At the first glance, the Calupoh is very strong, large and athletic, yet very elegant dog. The height should be between 58-75 cm, which is 23-30 inch. Females are naturally little bit smaller than males.
With their athletic body and very long legs, they resemble the wolf body structure a lot. The long legs enables them to reach incredible speed. The Calupoh have deep chest, strong neck, powerful head, always erect ears.
Calupoh has a weather resistant dense doublecoat, most often in black color. But it is not the only possible color, you can also find them in silver, white or smoky black. They can have white spots on the chest and in their adulthood they develop a wolf like mane around their neck.
It might surprise you, since this is still a part-wolf, but the Calupoh has quite stable temperament. They are very active, so they will require daily long walks, jogs or hikes accompanied with some task oriented playtime, but if you will provide them with enough physical and mental stimulation, they are easy to manage.
This is very loving, devoted, tolerant and friendly dog with their owners and family. They are eager to please its owners and they do okay around kids, which makes them good family companions. Of course, you should never leave any dog unsupervised with a very small child. Calupohs are also doing good with other dogs in the family, especially if they are socialized with them from the puppyhood. This is a social animal who will love to live in a pack.
Calupoh can be little bit alert and reserved around strangers. The stranger needs to gain their trust. But once you show them that the stranger is your friend, they will typically have no problem with them. Early socialization is the key, if you want to have an obedient companion by your side.
Most wolfdogs are not very versatile workers, well this is not true with the Calupoh. Thanks to their trainable and loyal personality, they were used for many purposes, mainly as sheepdogs and cattle dogs. Thanks to their territorial instinct, they can also be used as guard dogs. And as i already said earlier in the video, lately they are used as amazing family companions.
The Calupoh we know today is a result of dog – wolf crossbreeding in the 1990s. But there are archeological evidences of Mexican wolfdogs from the pre-hispanic mexican era.
The remains of these old wolfdogs were found on important Mexican places, like Pyramid of the Moon or Templo Mayor. These dogs were probably sacrificed and they most likely had high spiritual meaning, which is why the experts believe that the crossing was not only natural and casual, but also intentional.
The reason behind recreation of the Calupoh was to rescue part of the old Mexican culture. And the breeding was succesfull, because today, we have one more amazing dog breed in the world.
Health and Grooming
This is usually very healthy dog breed, but since it is still a young crossbreed, there is not enough evidences about the possible health issues. The one issue Calupoh can suffer from is hip dysplasia and their lifespan should be between 12-14 years
Of course, if you want to have happy and healthy Calupoh in your home, daily proper exercise is a must. Other than that, the maintenance is not hard. They do shed, especially during the spring and fall, so regular brushing will help you to remove the dead hair and minimize the shedding. Other than that, you should regularly check their eyes, ears and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.