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Postby victor » Fri Jun 03, 2005 12:42 pm

I wanna ask a little question? what is the differences betwwen dogs and wolves? I just wondering because I know that dogs and wolves are "brothers" but people only keep dogs...
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Postby mith » Fri Jun 03, 2005 12:51 pm

More cousins than brothers. Dogs were lumped with wolves but were domesticated for their better temperament. Since then, they've diverged as you can see by the numerous "toy" dog varieties etc...
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Postby victor » Fri Jun 03, 2005 12:55 pm

So, you mean that wolves get agressive easily? oh, another question, is it true that wolves will eat their own children?
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Postby James » Fri Jun 03, 2005 2:01 pm

Physical differences are minimal, but their behaviours, due to domestication are different, ie wolves are more aggresive as they are wild animals.
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Postby Zachthemac » Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:21 pm

Like others said dog's behavior is very different from wolves since they have been domesticated for at least 14,000 years. Even so, dogs are a subspecies of the wolf (Canis lupus familiaris), and can reproduce with each other.

Physical differences are minimal

There are some obvious physical differences like size (compare a chihuahua to a wolf) and coat, due to selective breeding.
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Postby MrMistery » Sat Jun 04, 2005 8:32 am

Dogs are a subspecies of wolf? I knew they were 2 different species:
dog-canis familiaris
wolf-canis lupus
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Postby Zachthemac » Sat Jun 04, 2005 1:24 pm

I always thought they were a subspecies of the gray wolf.
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/s ... iaris.html
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Postby MrMistery » Sat Jun 04, 2005 5:55 pm

According to that site, you are right. According to my textbook, i am right. So which one is it?
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Postby Zachthemac » Sun Jun 05, 2005 2:02 am

Wikipedia also agrees with me
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog
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Postby victor » Sun Jun 05, 2005 12:57 pm

Hm..maybe we can know that they are different species of one is the subspecies of the others by mating the two of them (it's like liger ou know...he2)
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Postby MrMistery » Sun Jun 05, 2005 7:50 pm

Canis lupus familiaris (originally classified as Canis familiaris by Linnaeus in 1758, but reclassified as a subspecies of the wolf, Canis lupus, by the Smithsonian Institution and the American Society of Mammalogists in 1993). The word is sometimes used to refer collectively to any mammal belonging to the family Canidae (as in "the dog family"), such as wolves, foxes and coyotes


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Postby Mister Jon » Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:08 am

I believe dogs are evoloutionary forms of wolves; however wolves have continued to exist because of their success in living due to hunting in packs, and working together for example. Wolves only eat their young in times of desperacy and bad winters and generally are a friendly species, attack humans rarely and often comfort one through bad events (when injured etc) and also work together as companions. I think wolves are great!!
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