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The following account of a tame black wolf that was used as a hunting dog can be found in John James Audubon’s The viviparous quadrupeds of North America, Volume 2 (1851): Once, when we were travelling on foot not far from the southern boundary of Kentucky, we fell in with a Black Wolf, following a man with […]

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I came across a story of a wolf that learned to retrieve ducks from a water spaniel. This story appears in Durward Allen’s The Wolves of Minong (1979): This particular story clearly suggests that wolves are capable of learning to do thing that dogs do. However, they do them at their own pace and do […]

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From TR’s Through the Brazilian Wilderness (1914): The dogs were a wild-looking set. Some were of distinctly wolfish appearance. These, we were assured, were descended in part from the big red wolf [maned wolf] of the neighborhood, a tall, lank animal, with much smaller teeth than a big northern wolf. The domestic dog is undoubtedly […]

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From Brehms’s Life of Animals (1896): [T]he Striped Wolf (Canis adustus) [is] an mediate Species, animal resembling both the Wolf and the Jackal. The body is elongated; the head of a conical shape, pointed toward the snout, not unlike that of the Fox; the eyes have a slanting position; the ears are widely separated, like […]

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Garry was registered with the Kennel Club as an “Esquimaux dog” and was exhibited at the Alexandra Palace Exhibition and the “Birmingham dog show” (Crufts?) in 1876.  He was said to be an “Eskimaux [dog] bred in the far north of Lombardy.” This depiction of him comes from Hugh Dalziel’s British Dogs (c. 1880).  Dalziel […]

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From the LA Unleashed Blog: Mexican researchers said Wednesday they have identified jawbones found in the pre-Hispanic ruins of Teotihuacan as those of wolf-dogs that were apparently crossbred as a symbol of the city’s warriors. The National Institute of Anthropology and History said the jawbones were found during excavations in 2004 and are the first […]

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The following account comes from Stories of Animal Sagacity by William Henry Giles Kingston (1875): Even a wolf, savage as that animal is, may, if caught young, and treated kindly, become tame. A story is told of a wolf which showed a considerable amount of affection for its master. He had brought it up from […]

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A tame coyote

From The Book Of Dogs – An Intimate Study Of Mankind’s Best Friend: He was very affectionate and would smile and wag his tail to express his joy at meeting us, and throw himself on his back as an invitation to us to caress him. He was playful, too, and given one end of a […]

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Arctic foxes are what is known as a opportunist specialists. Their diet is mostly meat, but they will get their meat anyway they can. During the winter months, many Arctic foxes live like jackals, following the polar bears onto the ice and scavenging their kills. Because of this trait, Arctic foxes are generally not above […]

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Any time someone from the Lower 48 goes to Alaska, the instant question that comes up on return is the traveler encountered a wolf. The answer for me is simply no, and I knew fully well there were very low odds of me seeing a wolf. I live where there are tons of coyotes, and […]

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