Wolf Size Compared To A Dog

A Comparison of Dogs and Wolves: 


Wolves and dogs are essentially the same species. Their physical appearances are very similar, but their disposition and instincts are not. The wolf is the largest wild member of the Canidae family and the dog is a domesticated version of the wolf. We are about to discuss some features of dogs and wolves that you need to know.

Physical Characteristics

Dogs have comparatively smaller skulls with varying muzzles, smaller teeth, smaller brains, and also various leg lengths compared to wolves.

If a dog has a smaller brain, then it would require fewer calories to survive. If we look at the paw of a dog, it is half the size of that of a wolf. The tails of some dogs curl upwards unlike those of wolves. 


Wolves have a narrow chest with forelegs that are pressed into it. The feet point outwards and the elbows point inward.  Wolves also have a gland that is pre-caudal at the base of their tail that is used to mark that wolf as a member of a specific pack.

The gland is undeveloped in dogs and functions only slightly. Dogs and wolves break from a common ancestor around thirty-four thousand years ago. So even if dog breeds look vastly different from each other, they are actually more closely related to each other than to wolves.

Connection Between Domesticated Dogs and Wolves 

Dogs are descended from wolves and are the first animals that humans domesticated. They are usually more responsive to domestication than wolves. Wolves respond to hand signals and dogs respond to the voice, though they can sometimes read human facial expressions as well. Due to domestication, dogs have lost some of their hunting ability. 

Wolves are natural hunters and their teeth are designed for that purpose. Wolves have stronger molars than dogs and that allows them to crush bigger bones.

While both wolves and dogs have a hierarchical pack mindset, wolf packs will have a dominating alpha that serves as the leader; domesticated dogs also have a pack mindset, but typically their owner serves as the alpha.  This is why it is important for humans to learn to control their dogs in order to get them to behave. 

Reproduction of Dogs and Wolves:         

There are many dogs that mature by the age of 6 months to a year, while some larger breeds take a little longer. Wolves arrive at sexual development within a few years and that is the point at which they leave their pack to look for a mate.

Female wolves go into heat just once a year, while tamed female dogs go into heat two times each year. Just the alpha female wolf is permitted to breed. There is no such progressive system or distinction among dogs.

  • Interactive Characteristics: 

Wolves are very social and they live in packs while dogs live in a variety of situations. Wolves are basically more intellectual are more aware of their ambiance as compared to dogs. 

 When it comes to amiability, dogs are usually more sociable with other pets. You can train dogs as well since they are domesticated and could be easily trained with relative ease in order to follow up instructions and also perform numerous tricks.  It is significantly more difficult to train a wolf. 


  • Diets:

Even though dogs always fall under the classification of carnivores, they are more often than not omnivores who digest a large variety of foods such as grains, fruits, and vegetables. Wolves essentially live off meat and even fish, and they also attack medium to bigger sized hoofed animals with their hunting expertise.


  • More Facts About Dogs and Wolves: 

Wolves have bigger skulls as they have bigger brains, and this is the major reason that wolves are difficult to train. If wolves are comfortable with people, then it is possible that they might listen to orders from a human. 


If we talk about the appearance of the wolves and dogs, then wolves are thinner and also have long legs. The other amazing thing about them is that they run faster than dogs. With this comparison, you can see that while wolves and dogs have much in common, they also are very different. 


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