Can Wolves Be Raised as Dogs?

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.

Gizmodo//Facebook

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!

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • 900 Dogs and Families Welcomed to Hotel

    When Hurricane Irma began swirling in the ocean and threatening to hit the state of Florida, many people evacuated the area. In leaving their homes behind, these families packed up their most precious possessions and headed for safer areas of Florida. During this evacuation process, however, many of these families had pets and they did...

    Read More
  • Puppies Serve as ‘Bouquets’ at Wedding

    Weddings are a beautiful show of love and commitment between two people who love each other very much. There are many elements that go into a wedding, and often this includes flowers carried either by a bride or her bridesmaids. But for one bride, a traditional bouquet of flowers just would not do for her...

    Read More
  • Why Do Dogs Stick Their Heads Out of Car Windows?

    As any dog owner will tell you, there are few things in life a dog loves more than sticking their head out of the window of a moving car. Most dogs love to go for a ride in the car (as long as that ride does not take them to the vet!) and gravitate to...

    Read More
  • Police Dogs Trained to “Sniff Out” Pedophiles

    When it comes to sniffing out criminal behavior, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has made huge strides. Namely, the agency has been able to successfully train dogs so that pedophiles can be brought to justice. These dogs, trained by the FBI, are being used by the British Police. The dogs are used to track...

    Read More
  • Owners who Abandoned Dogs Before Irma Facing Charges

    As hurricane Irma threatened to bear down on the Florida coast recently, many people took the advice of officials to evacuate the area quickly for their own safety. For many of these families, they took as many possessions as they could and then packed up and left. However, many of these homeowners left their dogs...

    Read More
  • Hero Dogs Trained to Aid Veterans

    Around the country, young boys and girls are headed back to school again. The new school year brings excitement and there is much to be learned. But for a very special group of dogs, a new class of furry, four legged boys and girls are also anxious to learn. At the Hero Dogs training program...

    Read More
  • Why Do Dogs Make Us Feel So Good?

    As anyone who has owned (or even loved) a dog will tell you, dogs really make us feel great. But, what is the reason they bring such light and happiness to our lives? Is it their never ending loyalty, those beautiful eyes or a wagging tail? Well, according to researchers it goes much deeper than...

    Read More