Study Says Wolves Have Better Disposition Than Dogs

A study has found dogs to be kinder and more gentle than domesticated dogs.

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A study was conducted on wolves and their behavior in relation to each other as a pack.  What was found that the key to the wolves’ success in the wild has something to do with them having a built in tolerance that’s higher than seen with domesticated dogs.

According to lead author of the published report, Friederike Range, “Wolves cooperate more in terms of breeding, defending territories and probably hunting.  Dogs are scavengers.”

Initially, the researchers were of the mindset that domestication had bred a higher tolerance in dogs.  This made it seem like dogs were a better social partner for man.  This new study rethinks that concept.

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It’s now believed that wolves most likely already had the social skills.  It really came down to a matter of losing their fear early man.  Once the fear issue was eliminated, dogs became the obvious choice to aid in the survival early man.

The study also found another key difference between dogs and wolves.  With a wolf pack, the higher ranking wolves seem to allow the lower ranking a bit more leeway when it comes to matters of hunting for food and territory.

Range said, “This means that in the wolves, the higher-ranking partners were more tolerant of the lower-ranking ones.  In the dogs, the lower-ranking ones did not dare to challenge the higher-ranking partners.”

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The pack mentality with wolves compared to dogs is also a completely different dynamic.  When you have a “dog pack,” you’ll have multiple males and females, and they are commonly not blood relatives.

With wolves it’s very different.  There’s usually an alpha male and female with dogs.  They are together with their offspring for a longer period.  This makes for more of a family like atmosphere with wolves.

It would seem that for every similarity there is between wolves and dogs, there are an almost an equal number of differences.  But no matter what , dogs really do make awesome pets and social partners.  dogs are called “man’s best friend” for a for a lot of very good reasons.

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8 thoughts on “Study Says Wolves Have Better Disposition Than Dogs

  1. Isn’t it because the wolves live in packs? Dogs more often live with people and maybe one other dog. They are not used to deferring to an alpha dog, and want to BE the alpha dog when they meet other dogs.

  2. Wolves are great. I have more than one dog. There is always an alpha dog in the pack and they have an order. I am alpha human. Dogs don’t like their territory disturbed.
    Read about pack behavior both dogs and wolves. Interesting reading. To understand animals educate yourself it helps to know how to handle species. Recently took in a stray cat, had to read a lot to understand behavior. She is a great cat. My dogs are great too so are my zebras and donkeys, I did much research into these type of animals before and after they were here enjoying the life they deserve.

  3. “A study has found dogs to be kinder and more gentle than domesticated dogs.” Based on the article, I’m guessing the study found WOLVES to be be kinder…

  4. Wolves grow up within the pack, they know from birth who and where they are. Dogs lead more chaotic lives. Even if you get your dog as a puppy that puppy was most likely not born in your house nor has its natural parents to raise it. There’s much more adapation involved.

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