What is the difference between wolves and dogs?
Canines have dog-like appearances and both wolves and dogs are canines. Foxes and coyotes are also canines.
A very important difference is that dogs are domesticated and wolves are wild animals. This means that dogs make good pets and wolves are wild and not suited to live with people.
The physical differences between wolves and dogs includes:
One reference said that wolves are generally bigger than dogs. HUUM! This is true for some dogs, but my neighbor had a Great Pyrenees and it was the biggest dog ever—well maybe it was because I saw the dog from the eyes of a 10 year old. What I most remember about the dog was a push-o-war between me and the dog. I was on one side of a screened door and the mammoth, angry, barking salivating horse-size dog was on the other side. It was a miracle that I was able to keep the dog from pushing the door open. My heart starts beating faster just thinking about it and it has been 57 years ago. ourse the dog has gotten bigger and all that separated me from the barking dog was a screen door.
Wolves generally have longer legs, larger feet and a skull that is broader than dogs.
Wolves have a longer muzzle than dogs.
The movement of dogs and wolves are different.
When a wolf runs or trots, its hind legs swing in the same line as its front legs. This allows a faster movement.
Dogs place its hind legs between its front legs when it runs.