ABOUT WOLVES PHYSICAL APPEARANCES
IN EARS, GUMS, SLANTED
FOREHEADS, FEET AND LEGS
With all the information on the net, some of it can be misleading and down right wrong, especially from education sites, or just sound bites of information that is being passed along. However I think a pic can be worth a thousand words, and please of course do your own legitimate research as we encourage it and do not just take our word for it!..
Q...Are pure wolves gum's black...or do they come in different colors? Its been reported by so called, self proclaimed experts they have to be black or they are not a wolf, and they insist on this.
A...Pure wolves do have black gums, but they also can have dark pink...and yes even some spotting, which can make them multi colors of black and pink combo's. You see it is not just pure black. Pure black gums or lack of them does not negate the heritage of a animal.
So in conclusion...........Gums on wolves come in different colors, and various shades of pink and black. There is no doubt by the pics, these are all different wolves in the wild, and they are not "dogs."
Q...Its been said, pure wolves only have short rounded well furred ears. They are not long and pointy or somewhat long and pointy and if they are, they are mixed with dog, therefore cannot be a pure wolf. Is this a true statement?
A...Wolves from different regions of the country and or countries have different ear shapes, again, not a ones size fits all. It is the true law of adaptation that biologist agree on. Wolves from colder climates, that have harsher and longer winters have smaller ears that can be slightly rounded, and yes well furred. This is to protect them from frostbite and snow from getting down in those ears. Wolves from warmer regions, like the deserts, or have a more warmer climate, with not so harsh winters, will have a longer ear. Longer ears are like their air conditioning..it allow them to cool down and dispel heat, something that would be against the law of adaptation for the arctic!. After all...long pointy ears would not last long in the arctic regions...even the arctic fox has a small round petite ear to survive there. The pics below are all wolves, note that they all look different in many ways. Some have a shorter muzzles, some a little longer, but please do check out the ears!
Q...Some say a pure wolf, has to have only a extreme slant or very slanted forehead to be real 100% bonafide wolf, other wise it has dog in it.
A...Please study the pic above. What do you see? I see indeed a slight slant in some, however I also note these slants are all different. Some have more, some have less. Its like people, they are indeed very individualistic, but more of less does not mean it is not a real wolf, or negate its heritage, some humans have bigger noses than others, you cannot say they are not indeed a human. Slanted foreheads in wolves can be just a more predominant gene trait that the wolf expresses. If two wolves mate that have very slanted sloped foreheads, they will more than likely pass that look on to their offspring. If two wolves mate and they do not have a very noticeable or slightly sloped forehead/face, it may not be expressed fully in their offspring.
Q...I was told that pure wolves only have cow hocked legs, or extreme cow hocked legs, anything else means it has dog in it, and is of mixed heritage. Is this true?
A...Cow hocked is referred to a characteristic some wolves may have or share, and it denotes front leg and perhaps backs that are close together or near touching. Yes, this can be sometimes found in wolves, but not always the case, as some wolves indeed can be boxy and do not have this trait all together. Having a stronger boxy body does not negate a wolf's heritage, again like people, some may have this trait. The conclusion, lack of cow hocking does mean a wolf has to have this visible trait in order to be a pure wolf. Please study the pics below, please note those bodies and legs are all expressed differently in these wolves. What do you see?
Please note this animals legs are not too cow hocked.
Shaun Ellis poses with some wild wolves. Shaun is a expert in wolves and has done many documented studies on them. Please note their stocky bodies, long ears, and slight to no slant in the faces of the wolves..
Q...I have heard that wolves have very large feet, maybe extremely so, So........ if it has smaller feet than suggested, it is not a pure wolf, or not wolf at all?
A...Yes pure wolves can have large feet, but some can have medium ones in the front too. A lot has to do with the type of wolf it is, and where it comes from. Age and size of wolf are also factors in this. Lets not also forget weight distribution in of a particular stance, this can make the paw appear tucked in, or splayed out. You will find as you study many pics here and on the net, that you find lots of variation, so to say they, the "wolves" ALL have to REALLY LARGE FEET, or they are not a real wolf, may not be the case. Not having extremely huge feet does not negate it being a pure wolf, it has become a fact that has become distorted. However they are traditionally bigger that the average canine. The front paws tho' tend to be as a whole, a slightly bit bigger.
Q...I have been told that pure wolves only have black on the tip of their tails...That is the only color that signifies or denotes its wolf heritage.
A...Most do, however some do not. The pic below shows no dark tip of hair at the end of the tail..it is white. It has been reported as a wolf ages, these colors can indeed change, referred to as phasing out, so they can indeed mature into lighter colors as they grow into their senior years.