Is There An Alpha Wolf In A Pack? [3 REPLIES FOUND]

At birth, wolf pups weigh about one pound and are darkly furred 😁 They are deaf, blind, have little or no sense of smell and cannot regulate their own body heat 🙈 For their safety, wolf pups are born in a den. Pregnant female wolves usually dig dens themselves, often as early as three weeks before the pups are born. They prefer their den sites to be located on elevated areas near water. Dens are typically tunnels that extend six to fourteen feet into the earth. At the end of the tunnel is an enlarged chamber where the newborn pups are kept. It is believed that the pups are between eight and ten weeks old when the den is abandoned.
Over the years that I observed him, Lakota would often approach me and timidly lick my face. During these occasions, I would run my hand down his back through his fur coat. Sadly, his skin was riddled with small bumps and scabs where the other wolves had nipped him, and there were small scars on his muzzle where the fur would not grow back. In dominance displays, a dominant wolf will frequently grab the muzzle of the submissive wolf, as a mother might do to discipline her pups. Lakota’s face bore the marks from such encounters. As I would sit with him, he would begin to relax a little, beginning to trust that I wasn’t going to hurt him. Then, he would take his paw, gently place it on my shoulder, and gaze at me with his sweet, wise, amber eyes. We would sit that way for quite a while. From that moment, I was captivated by him and would forever hold a special place for him in my heart.
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Based on further reading from, one of the outdated pieces of information is the concept of the alpha wolf. “Alpha” implies competing with others and becoming top dog by winning a contest or battle. However, most wolves who lead packs achieved their position simply by mating and producing pups, which then became their pack. In other words they are merely breeders, or parents, and that’s all we call them today, the “breeding male,” “breeding female,” or “male parent,” “female parent,” or the “adult male” or “adult female.” In the rare packs that include more than one breeding animal, the “dominant breeder” can be called that, and any breeding daughter can be called a “subordinate breeder.” (edited by Laramie Dasilva on December 4, 2020)
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Treasure Akers from, explains how despite the fact that recent studies have reevaluated hierarchy models and have modified our understanding of behaviourr in the wild wolf, the concept of a hierarchical relationship among dogs and humans continues to be perpetuated. To ensure a well functioning family group, a family needs to know more about canine behaviourr than outdated strategies focusing on pack structure. In fact recent research has clearly indicated that the longstanding theory which maintained that alpha wolves control through aggression and relentless management is more myth than fact. These theories have been refuted by wolf biologists and if this theory is no longer considered true for wolves, then how can it be considered true for our dogs? New research on canine learning patterns indicates dogs understand us far better than we understand them. (a huge thank you goes to Damonique Hobson from Ulsan, South Korea for telling us about this).
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Kelly-Anne Kidston

Written by Kelly-Anne Kidston

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