Tag: canine nature
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canine science | cognitive ethology | working dogs | free-ranging dogs | wolf-dogs
Voyageurs Wolf Project again delivered evidences about another rare behavior, discovering not only local gray wolf individuals eating berries purposefully, but also regurgitating them to their pups. The basic question is to WHY those wolves eat fruits.
13 wolf pups were researched by putting them through standard behavioral tests usually used by dog breeders to assess predispositions of working dogs. 3 of 13 tested wolf cubs spontaneously showed interest to the ball being thrown - 2 of them fetched it twice, 3rd one did it every time.
Livestock-guarding dogs work autonomously. Immediate reaction on stranger's approaching (predatory animal, unrecognised person) is essential - LGD intends to distract an intruder closing in, to prevent a potential attack on grazing animals within protected pasture.
Recent study suggests that in the distant past, Tibetan mastiffs (as a domestic dog type of breed) could survive in harsh, low-oxygen high mountains' environment thanks to being randomly hybridised with mountain wolf individuals (vide Tibetan wolf), by gaining hypoxia tolerance.
It is obvious and scientifically confirmed, gray wolf and domestic dog can randomly cross resulting with a hybrid as a consequence of pairing each other different - however infertile (capable of interbreeding), matched by sufficient parental compatibility - species/subspecies individuals.