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theWolf & theDog:F I R S T F R I E N D T O B E S T F R I E N D
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Dogs have long been known as mans bestfriend, but that title doesnt go far enough. Wetrust dogs to protect our children, our families,
and our homes. We turn to dogs as partners inworkfrom herding livestock to detecting drugs orexplosives. We share our lives with dogs and enjoytheir steadfast friendship. Dogs are loved, cherished,honored members of our families.
Many of the qualities that we value in ourdogsincluding loyalty, intelligence, kindness,and couragecome directly from their wolfancestors. Yet even as dogs have become awelcomed part of our society, the wolf hasbeen the victim of unfounded persecution anda target for execution.
Defenders of Wildlife has long worked toprotect wolves from those still determined toharm themand we are very proud of our
long history of success. Our admiration for the wolfand its role in nature is so strong we feature it in ourlogo. And it serves as a constant reminder of one ofour most magnificent wild species.
There is a great deal to admire in the wolf, and wesee much of it reflected every day in our steadfastdomestic companions who greet us each evening witha wagging tail.
Humans have a love affair with dogs. As youenjoy this book, we hope it will illustrate foryou why wolves are just as deserving of ouradmiration, and our protection.
A Message from Defenders of Wildlife
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SQN job no: 0607053 Client: Defenders of Wildlife Project: Wolf Book Date: 08SEP06 Stage: Final Component: Book, pages 4-5Finished size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches Ink: 4/4 (4 color process) Stock: 80 lb. cover, white
37 MILLIONYEARS AGO:Evolution of
the first canids
9 MILLION YEARS AGO:Evolution of Eucyon,
forebearer of wolf, dogand coyote
1 MILLIONYEARS AGO:
Evolution of thegray wolf
Timeline Schematic O F W O L F/ D O G E V O L U T I O N
Wolf howlingCanid skull
14,000 - 100,000YEARS AGO:
Evolution of thedomesticated dog
12,000 YEARS AGO:Human buried withpup. Wolf or dog?
No one knowsbutthe affection
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At some point, long before recorded history, wolvesand humans established a special relationship. Noone knows if wolves took the initiative and
ingratiated themselves with mankind while scavengingat camp sites, or if humans actively adopted lessaggressive wolf pups. But at some point, a particularlyfriendly pup probably bonded with a human, acceptingthat man or woman as part of its pack.
Once a wolf became accepting of humans, its benefitsto those humans were unquestionable. Deeply loyal, awolf could use its keen senses to warn when troubleapproached. It could help chase down prey, and itcould guard families.
Scientists once thought the evolution of wolves intodogs was complete roughly 12,000 to 14,000 yearsagobut new evidence suggests it could have beenmuch earlier than thatperhaps 100,000 years ago.The first dogs probably evolved from wolf breeds inAsia, which were smaller than the gray wolves weknow today in North America. Over time, peoplebegan to realize the advantages of improving on theirdogs natural assets, and selective breeding began.
The very first species of dogs were the greyhoundbredin the deserts of Africa for their speed in bringingdown preyand the mastiff, first seen in northernEurope and created as especially powerful guard dogs.
1886: First dog show,founded by Charles Cruft
1884: Establishment ofthe American Kennel Club
1570: First known attempt to classify dogs
De Canibus Britannicisby Dr. John Caius
MIDDLE AGES: Dogsbred for specific
3,000 - 4,000YEARS AGO:
Development ofdistinct dog breeds
Long, Long Ago . . .
Pembroke Welshcorgi West Highland white terrier
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SQN job no: 0607053 Client: Defenders of Wildlife Project: Wolf Book Date: 08SEP06 Stage: Final Component: Book, pages 6-7Finished size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches Ink: 4/4 (4 color process) Stock: 80 lb. cover, white
When wolves were sufficiently evolved tobecome dogs, human hunting methodschanged. Once the best hunting technique
was to hit the prey with a stone axea dangerousstrategy. But as soon as humans had dogs aspartners, they began to employ weapons that couldkill from further away, including spears or arrows.
These weapons were less likely to kill at first blow,
but a dog could track a wounded animal and bring it
to bayeven fight it if necessary.
Perhaps one of the most significant gifts that dogs have
given to humanity is this partnership that helped our
species to advance and prosper.
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SQN job no: 0607053 Client: Defenders of Wildlife Project: Wolf Book Date: 08SEP06 Stage: Final Component: Book, pages 8-9Finished size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches Ink: 4/4 (4 color process) Stock: 80 lb. cover, white
For centuries dogs were what wed today call
mongrelsunspecific breeds that tended to follow
the coloration and size of the wolves from which
they descended. But eventually humans began to take
advantage of the fact that some dogs had superb
herding instincts, some were better hunters, and some
were natural guardians, and they began to breed
specific types of dogs.
The mastiff and the greyhound were bred intoexistence some 4,000 years ago. But the practice ofselective breeding really took off with the rise of thearistocracy in the Middle Ages. Members of thenobility considered it a sign of prestige to maintain dogpacks created to hunt a variety of prey. Beagles werebred to bay loudly while tracking foxes and otherspecies so a hunting party could follow them by ear.Hounds were developed with enhanced senses of smell
Creating a Breed ApartJack Mills
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to pursue even cold trails. Terrierstremendous
diggerswere created to go after animals that tended to
Retrievers were bred in part for their gentle mouths that
dont crush prey when they return with it. Labradors
developed as exceptional swimmers and water lovers,
and so are useful for duck hunting. Boarhounds,
wolfhounds, elkhoundseach was created to be used in
hunting one specific prey.
By the Renaissance, companion breeds had been
developed. These were dogs too small and delicate to be
used as work partners, and were designed simply as
petsa luxury only the rich could afford. Workingbreeds continued to become more specialized, withcollies and shepherds for herding, pit bulls and bulldogsfor fighting and protection, and a dazzling array ofother dogs for hunting.
In the 1800s, the first dog shows popularized theconcept of pure-bred dogs. Today the American KennelClub recognizes well over 150 breeds, and there are anestimated 300-400 breeds of dogs in existence. Todaythere are dogs in every part of the human-inhabitedworld, and most dog owners regard their pets as farmore than a luxurythey are necessities and belovedmembers of our family.
k Mills Siberian husky
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SQN job no: 0607053 Client: Defenders of Wildlife Project: Wolf Book Date: 08SEP06 Stage: Final Component: Book, pages 10-11Finished size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches Ink: 4/4 (4 color process) Stock: 80 lb. cover, white
Domestication produced some quite universalresults. Because they dont have to survive inthe wild, domesticated dogs are often smaller
and less cunning than wild wolves. They also tend tohold on to juvenile behaviors longer. For example, wolfpups will play but rapidly outgrow the desire to do so.Dogs, on the other hand, are eager to play almostthroughout their lives.
But on a genetic level, dogs and wolves areextremely similar. The DNA differencebetween the two is less than 1% (thatincludes comparing wolves to Chihuahuas,Great Danes or huskies). Meanwhile, forcomparison, there is an approximate 6%difference between wolves and coyotes.
Of course there are very significantdifferences between wolves and dogs.
Most importantly, dogs are tamable and trainable,while wolves (and all wild canines) are generallynot. Dogs are willing to accept a position in ahuman pack, and generally exhibit docility, acomparative lack of fear, and a high tolerance forstress. Wolves have a much quicker reaction tostress, and reach a fight or flight point muchmore rapidly than dogs.
Physical differences are some of the mostobvious distinguishing characteristics betweenwolves and dogs. Wolves tend to remainroughly consistent in size within theirsubspecies (that is, gray wolves dont varygreatly in size, although they are considerablylarger than most other wolf species), and whiletheir coat color can range from pure white toinky black, their coats textures are the same.
A Dog is not a Wolf
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Dogs exhibit a wide range in size, from toy breeds just afew inches high to the mighty Newfoundland and theIrish wolfhound, which stand 30 inches tall or higher atthe shoulder. A Maltese has a dramatically long, silky
coat, a poodle sports curly hair, a huskys coat is similarto a wolfs, and a bulldog wears an extremely shortcoat. There are even hairless dogs and dogs like thekomondor with corded coats.
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SQN job no: 0607053 Client: Defenders of Wildlife Project: Wolf Book Date: 08SEP06 Stage: Final Component: Book, pages 12-13Finished size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches Ink: 4/4 (4 color process) Stock: 80 lb. cover, white
Communication in Wolves and Dogs
Wolves use vocalizations, body language andtheir incredible senses of sight, smell, andhearing to communicate. Posture and tail
position are extremely important in establishingorder in a wolf pack; the alpha (or leader) wolfstands straight with tail elevated, while subservientwolves cringe, put their tails down, and refrain fromlooking the leader in the eye. Wolves use scentmarkings to establish their home territory. Andwolves call out with howls to get the attention of
other wolves that might be nearby or miles away.
But wolves almost never bark.
Dogs use each of the same senses to communicate, but
selective breeding has altered the standard forms of
wolf communication. Many dogs bred for their ultra-
shaggy or silky coats are less able to see visual cuesfor
example, an English sheepdog relies as much on
hearing as on sight. Dogs like the basenji, which are
bred to have very curly tails, are less able to express
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emotions with their tails. Pugs have extremely
foreshortened noses, and that has diminished their
sense of smell.
And dogs barkand bark and barkto indicate a
warning, excitement, eagerness, or a wide variety of
other emotions. Dogs also howl, although some species
are more prone to do so than others. And dogs often
harken back to the old call of the wild when they howl
along with a siren, a violin or singing. Interestingly,
while wolves rarely bark in the wild, they can learn to
bark when kept with dogs.
Old English sheepdog
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SQN job no: 0607053 Client: Defenders of Wildlife Project: Wolf Book Date: 08SEP06 Stage: Final Component: Book, pages 14-15Finished size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches Ink: 4/4 (4 color process) Stock: 80 lb. cover, white
Over the millennia, the advances of civilizationhave left less and less wild lands available forwolves (and all wild species). But the expansion
of humanity that has proven problematic for wolveshas been a boon to dogsa species that has benefitedfrom its inclusion in human society. There are now anestimated 10,50012,500 gray wolves in the UnitedStates, and more than 60 million pet dogs.
Habitat loss is a very real threat to wolvesbutits important to understand how the actualextermination of wolves became such a highpriority for so long. The blame can be assignedpartly to livestock depredation, but also to folktales, legends, and childrens stories.
The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood,and countless other fairy tales use The Big BadWolf as the villain. Over time, this repeated andcolorful bias helped inflame public opinion againstwolves and harm the species. In the United States,wolves were declared vermin. So many were shotthat by the 1980s, the only population in the
lower 48 states was a small pack in farnorthern Minnesota.
It has taken a great deal of work and a goodmeasure of educational outreach to informthe public about the key roles wolves play innature and how they share many of thequalities we most admire in dogs.
The Fall of the Wolf . . . The Rise of the Dog
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SQN job no: 0607053 Client: Defenders of Wildlife Project: Wolf Book Date: 08SEP06 Stage: Final Component: Book, pages 16-17Finished size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches Ink: 4/4 (4 color process) Stock: 80 lb. cover, white
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For most of human history, we havent needed toconcern ourselves about sustaining the web oflife. But today, for the first time since the
extinction of the dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago,were losing species faster than nature can create newones. And thats because of our relentless populationgrowth and development of modern technologies evermore capable of altering the natural world.
Given current trends, it is estimated that by the time achild born today reaches his or her 30th birthday, oneof every five current species on Earth will be eitherdoomed or already extinct. After that, if present trendscontinue, the prospect will worsen.
Because the wolf has endured such a long h...