Can Wolves Be Raised as Dogs?

April Livingston | June 29th, 2017

There has been much talk lately about dogs and wolves; how the species are different and if, perhaps, they are more alike than any of us realize. Domesticated dogs are, after all, evolved from wild dogs. But many scientists and experts have worked to study the animals and have found some interesting conclusions.

A study was recently conducted with human experts who raised a litter of wolf pups by hand. The wild animals were raised by humans, meaning they were not exposed to the wild necessarily during their formative years. Experts found that very similar to the behavior of domesticated dogs, the wolf pups grew up to become attached to their owners. However, it seems that this is where the similarities between the breeds differ.

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A recently published study that focused on the behavior of wolves vs dogs showed that the wolves who were raised by humans had formed a bond with them. The wolves were affectionate toward their owners and exhibited behaviors of loyalty as well. Though wolves do look quite a bit like dogs, they are still wild animals and therefore have some “wild” behaviors that 15,000 years of evolution have extinguished in dogs.

Though wolves can be affectionate and loyal to humans, experts warn against keeping them as pets. These wild animals can be difficult to control and train, independent, difficult to manage, and really can be quite dangerous to humans and children alike. While there are many similarities between wolves and dogs, the differences can be a matter of safety.

Better yet, it’s best to visit a trusted breeder or even your local animal shelter to find a domestic dog in need of a loving home. It’s the best way to bring a loving, caring dog into your life without risking health and wellness in the process!

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