Today we met with Peggy Callahan, Director of the Wildlife Science Center to discuss the differences between wolves and dogs. Peggy shared with us the concepts of domestication and socialization. She showed us a video about the fur farms in Russia and how they tried to socialize foxes to make them easier to handle. In addition, addition to being calmer the foxes started developing unintended characteristics such as floppy ears, unusual colorations, and less bushy tails. The results of these planned breedings have helped scientists better understand how dogs could have been selectively breed to create the dogs we have now. Peggy also showed us some specific examples of the differences between wolves and dogs using two of her own dogs, a large black German Shepard and a Wire Haired Pointer. It was amazing to see the differences in body structure, teeth size, fur, and skeletal make up.
Peggy with a wolf pelt.
Josie the Wired Haired Pointer.
McClane not too happy about modeling a wolf pelt.
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