Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Timber Wolf and Coyote

The timber, or gray, wolf, which undoubtedly has an influence in the formation of the native Indian and Eskimo dogs of this country, formerly occupied practically all of the northern continent of America.
He is a large, strong animal, attaining a weight of probably well over 100 pounds.

His main points of difference from "true" dogs are the woolly brush and the small, obliquely set eyes. In form he is close counterpart of such dogs as the German shepherd (see page 48). His coat is harsh and quite long, especially on the neck, throat, shoulders, and hind quarters.

In color he ranges from nearly pure white in the Arctic to black in Florida and the more humid regions. The average color1 is grizzled gray and buff. The coyote is extremely similar in color, following the changes, geographically, which characterize his big and burly cousin.

In weight the coyote seldom goes over 60 pounds, and an average would probably be under 40. He is much more fox-like in general appearance, having relatively as well as actually a more slender muzzle and even bushier tail. His gait is an easy, shadow-like trot until scared or in hot pursuit, when he flattens out and simply flies over the ground.

From The Book of Dogs: An Intimate Study of Mankind's Best Friend By National Geographic Society (U.S.), Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Ernest Harold Baynes Published 1919. 109 pages Original from Harvard University.

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