Posts tagged ‘Wolf’

Why do wolves howl?

Wolves communicate with each other by howling.  Wolves live in packs that stake out large territories for hunting and raising families.  A pack of wolves likes to keep other packs out if its territory.  So one wolf pack howls at a neighboring pack, thereby warning it to stay away.

Members of a pack often howl to keep in touch with one another when they are hunting far apart.  Wolves sometimes howl together before they go hunting although no one knows exactly why.  But the popular belief that wolves howl at night, because they are lonely is not true.–Dick Rogers

What is the tallest dog in the world?

Tallest Dog

Did you ever see a dog that was almost as tall as a Shetland pony?

The Irish wolfhound is such a dog.  In fact, it is the tallest of all dogs.

A full-grown male Irish wolfhound may stand nearly 3 feet tall and weigh 140 pounds or more.

The dog’s rough, wiry coat may be gray, red, black, white or fawn.

The Irish wolfhound was traditionally used in Ireland to protect flocks of sheep against marauding wolves, as well as for hunting them—which tells us how the Irish wolfhound got its name.

Irish wolfhounds make gentle pets.

T as a hunter this large, powerful dog is more than a match for a wolf.

Hounds are hunting dogs and usually have a deep-throated bark.

Many hounds are named for the game they were originally trained to hunt.  There are many types of hound.  The deerhound, foxhound, and coonhound, as well as the wolfhound are some of the best-know.  – Dick Rogers

What are musk oxen?

Musk Oxen

Musk oxen are shaggy-haired mammals which resemble a small buffalo.  They line in the arctic barrens of north America.

The musk ox, is an odd-looking animal that resembles a small, shaggy-haired buffalo.  A fully grown musk ox may be little over four feet high at the shoulders and weight 700 pounds.

The musk ox is not really an ox.  It is a relatives of goats and antelopes.

The first part of the animal’s name is also inaccurate – it has no musky odor, as was once believed.  In the wild, must oxen are found on the treeless tundra and snowfields of Canada and Greenland.

They travel in small herds.  When threatened by wolves that, prey upon them, the herd forms a protective circle around the young.  No wise wolf would attack such a fortress of tossing honors!

Once united almost to extinction, the now-protected musk oxen are being raised much like sheep for the silky wool, called “quiviut” that grows underneath their shaggy coats.  Garments made of quiviut are very warm and tight in weight. – Dick Rogers