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The Wonder of Wolves

The domesticated dog, otherwise known as man’s best friend, was descended from native wolf species that once roamed the earth. It could be difficult to imagine the different variety of domestic dogs today all came from an ancient wolf species. However, genetic evidence supports this relationship. There are many obvious differences between domesticated dogs and the wolves. But, there are perhaps more similarities between domestic dogs and wolves than differences. Wolves are not the evil villain often portrait in fiction. Careful observation of the wolf in their native habitat could reveal how beautiful and majestic this animal really is.

General Description of Wolves

Wolf species were located on nearly every continent. These widespread habitats have led to development of species ranging in many colors and sizes. The gray wolf, closest relative of the domestic dog is the largest type with male animals exceeding 100 pounds. Adult females are slightly smaller. The animal may stand 30 inches tall in the shoulder and carry their head same height as the body. Front paws have five toes and are generally larger than the four toed hind paws, a good characteristic for hunting prey. They will grow thick warm fur during cold winter months and shed during spring and summer just like any dog. The general appearance is a beautiful combination similar to a husky and German shepherd mix.

Wolves Live in Family Packs

Wolves and dogs are social animals that live in family units called a pack. Domestic dogs view the pet owners as the pack and generally follow a leader. Wolves also live in pack units lead by one mating pair. It is a monogamous relationship because wolves mate for life unless there is death of one mate. Subordinate to the “parents” are young adults 1 to 3 years of age. These teenage wolves are responsible for protecting the pups like an older brother or sister. It is also the age of trial when young adults continuously battle for promotion in the pack. Young pups main concern is play. Adult wolves provide significant flexibility for wolf cubs as they grow and learn to become adults.

Young adults may eventually leave the pack in order to start a new pack as adult leaders. Others may choose to join an established pack. Wolf packs will accept new members and often adopt orphan pups. However, acceptance of adults into a pack could take several weeks of test to develop trust among pack members.

Hunting is a Family Matter

Wolves hunt together as a family pack. They are capable of dropping large prey including elk, moose and other large animals. Often wolf pack will chase prey until the animal becomes tired. Wolves are strong hunters capable of speeds nearly 40 miles per hour. Wolf members eat up as much as 20 pounds at one meal and eat quickly to prevent other animals from stealing. They will eat the best parts first including intestine and other organs. All members share the hunt and share the spoils except for relatively young pups. Pups need partially digested food regurgitated by other adults.


Wolves were once recognized as the most populated mammal in the world. They covered areas of extreme cold such as Alaska down to the hot climates in southern North America. Wolf species were also found in Africa and Asia. As with many animals, wolves numbers have declined from habitat loss and hunting. Numbers are currently on the rise in many areas of North America for gray wolf. Red wolves, once found only in captivity, have been reintroduced in areas of North America.


There is a great deal of debate and mystery to when and how dogs became domesticated from their wolf ancestors. Initially it was believed wolf packs lived near people and would survive by eating left over wastes. Over time people and wolf members began forming a relationship. Perhaps people and wolves began to live together as a family pack. Domestic dogs seen today have been selectively bred for certain traits and duties. However, many look very much different than the gray wolf, the closets wild relative.

Even today people look to domesticate wolves as a pet. Wolves are intelligent and capable of learning commands like other domestic dogs. Wolves will view people as members of the pack similar to domestic dogs. Therefore, it is important for dog and wolf owners to establish leadership so the canine member will follow command. Any person considering domestication of wolves should remember that wolves are wild animals and belong in the wild. Many natural instincts are stronger in wolves than other dog species. They will protect the pack from potential intruders. It has also been noted that wolves are intelligent and capable of learning to unlatch kennel doors through observation.

Wolves are not the villainous animals often depicted in fiction. True, they are a predatory animal and must hunt to survive. Predators are important in weeding out the weak and diseased animals and strengthen the prey species. They also contribute by keeping check on growing populations. Hunting wolf to near extinction has caused explosive population growth in other prey species particularly deer. But, wolves are often shy and are not known to attack or harm people. They prefer to avoid human contact and remain in their native habitat. One only needs to observe these magnificent animals in nature to understand their grace, strength and beauty.