Basic Wolf Information
7mFarm & Herbals
PO Box 40
Mona, Utah 84645
Gestation period: 63 days, just like the domestic dog.
Birth weight - I can only say that Mariah's first
born pup was over 12" long head to butt only,
Respirations - I do not know
Normal temp 101 to 101.5
Pulse - The normal pulse rate for your dog is between 60-120 beats per minute. This is important to know in evaluating your dog in case of an injury. To take his pulse, locate the femoral artery, which feels like a round tube in the center area at the base of the thigh, place your fingers, lightly, along the inside of the thigh. To arrive at the beats per minute, count the pulse beats for 15 seconds and multiply that number by 4.
Laws regarding owning a wolf
Wolves and wolf dogs are a very controversial issue. Many states have banned even 1% wolf dogs. Many states require permits to be owned by wolves. In Orange County, California it is illegal for a veterinarian to administer a rabies shot to any animal that is part or all wolf. The vet can lose his license doing so. Shamayah's vet was so smitten by the fact she was so friendly for being a canis lupus, but told me to go to a "clinic"for her first rabies shot. The rabies shots have not been tested on the wolf or wolf dogs, therefore, it is believed they do not work. Dogs evolved from wolves and it works for the dogs, but not the wolves?
Gestation Period and Breeding Information
Female wolves don't come into heat until they're about 22 months of age and then they only come into heat once/year. Mariah and Nikko both come into heat once/year within "one" day of the time they came into heat the previous year. This I find is really cool! =o)
Males have balls the size of peas throughout the non-breeding time of year. In November/December they grow to the normal size for breeding to the females.
Wolf pups (they're NOT cubs, as many call them) are ONLY born in the spring - April, May, June. Litters are small, usually, 4-6 pups.
There is 1500 lbs. per sq. in. in the jaw bite of a wolf versus 750 in a rottweiller.
Wolves and/or wolf dogs that have been raised
with humans from birth will "usually" allow the primary human caretaker(s)
to be present at whelping, but some animals will get aggressive and not allow
human intervention, so if problems arise,
The females will not allow the male near her in her den from the time she goes into labor throughout the birthing process. She will growl and he will stay away.
Let me say, I do not breed wolves or wolf dogs.
It is incredibly hard to find excellent homes to place them in.
I have one 50% wolf dog that can run my property unfenced and he stays
home, loves the cats, llamas, and can be around ducks, chickens, geese,
with little supervision. He keeps a good 20-30' distance between himself
and any strangers that come to my property. But the wolves and/or higher
contents will kill everything that moves and many people are looking for
wolves as "status" symbols or for guardian dog purposes or to raise with
their little children and animals. Even when obtained at 3 weeks of
age, as I did Mariah, you still cannot "USUALLY" (rare instances occur,
but definitely not normal) socialize them to cats, birds, goats, sheep,
etc. and expect them to be "friends". Wolves have a high prey drive.
They are quick, very intelligent, and detest whining children (this
is thought of as an injured creature and thus their instincts are to put
it out of it's misery). Thus, they are not adaptable to most people's
situations. There are so many being sold to people who know nothing
about them and then when there are "accidents" or deaths, the animals are
euthanized, as the rabies vaccine is not believed to work on these animals.
Dogs have the 3 strikes rule before euthanization, but wolves or wolf dogs
do not. My wolves howl, but do not bark. They do not necessarily
make "guard dogs", since they don't bark, but if you watch them, they will
tell you "someone" or something is coming, long before he/she/it gets there.
My homes have been robbed in the city, car stolen, people lie, steal, cheat...so
I can understand their apprehension of people. If I could fence my entire
property for the wolves, when a stranger would come, they would never even
know they are here, as they would hide and watch. Granted, my wolf-dog
does bark, but these animals will not protect anyone or anything, except
themselves, their offspring, and possibly their mates. As close as
I am to my animals, they would never save me from a human or something they
themselves would flee from.
I turely LOVE my wolves,,,BUT,,, A friend of mine
has exotic monkey's,
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