someone need to learn me making GIFs because this is ridiculous lol
That study was done on only 85 different domesticated dog breeds, while there are over 400 different domesticated dog breeds in the world. The reason the Tibetan Mastiff is not included in that list, might as well because of the simple fact that they weren’t one of the 85 breeds they picked. It’s very likely that in the near future, scientists will find more breeds that are genetically more close related to wolves than other dog breeds. They might even find dog breeds that are more related to wolves than the ones in that list, who knows. It’s unknown for now. I think the Tibetan Mastiff would make a good “candidate” though, since most dogs from that list had origins back to antiquity, the oldest ones being from Asia.
Oh, that is so awesome!
I’m so happy with that picture, wow. I’m so glad David managed to capture that wonderful moment :)
Yes, both Huskies and Malamutes are more closely related to wolves than other domestic dog breeds.
Domestic dogs have about 99% of their genes in common with one another. But a few very distinct genetic differences separate them into about 400 dog breeds known worldwide. All domestic dog breeds are almost identical in relatedness to wolves. The DNA structure of domestic dogs is only about 0,2% different from wolves.
A recent study claims that several dogs whose origins date back to antiquity are also the most genetically similar to wolves — the very oldest ones being from Asia, such as the Shar-pei and the Chow, and from Africa, such as the Basenji. Others, like the Afghan, come from the Middle East, while the Siberian husky and others come from the Arctic [source].
Note that looks can be deceiving; Huskies and Malamutes have a wolf-like appearance, but the extent to which a certain dog breed looks like a wolf stands apart from the extend to how closely related to wolves they are. For example, a Shih Tzu (which the authors of the recent study I talked about assigned to the ancient group of Asian dogs) is more closely related to the wolf than a German shepherd is.
List of the fourteen ancient breeds that show the fewest genetic differences from wolves [source]:
(Note that this study was done on 85 different dog breeds, and as there are some 400 known dog breeds (of which the AKC recognizes 167), it is possible that an extended study would reveal additional “ancient” breeds)
Siberian Huskies are one of the dog breeds that actually howl more often than other dogs. Huskies are known to communicate less by barking and more in “talking”, “singing” and howling noises, but this has nothing to do with them being more related to wolves than other dog breeds.
Hi! I have not read it, but since it is written by Shaun Ellis I can predict it won’t be much good, and I would strongly reccommend searching for an alternate, proper source for general information concerning wolves!
(I wrote this post about why Shaun Ellis is not a reliable source when it comes to wolf science)
I personally love the book “Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation" by David Mech and Luigi Boitani as a good source of general wolf information. Make sure you have the latest updated version!
Oh my god you volunteered at a wolf center?! I am so envious of you, you have no idea grrr
Anyway, here is a post I wrote about this subject! :)
Hello :) I suggest having a look in this tag:
Good luck! if I can help you any other way, just let me know. Also, if you decide to get it done, I’d love to see the result!