Born to Be Wild: Why Wolves Are and Dogs Aren’t

By Dr. Karen Becker

Because dogs and wolves are so genetically similar, humans have made assumptions about the sensory development of young wolves based on what we know about the maturation process of domesticated puppies.

However, researchers have noted some interesting early developmental distinctions between wolf and dog puppies that could explain why adult wolves remain wild, while dogs so easily grow into their role as companions.

Recent doctoral research published the journal Ethology fills in some of the knowledge gaps about early wolf vs. puppy development. University of Massachusetts Amherst evolutionary biologist Kathryn Lord’s doctoral research suggests the different behaviors of adult wolves …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green