Wolves have been around for many, many years. They are legendary because of their howl that sends shivers up and down our spines. There are several reasons why a wolf will howl. A wolf has a very distinct howl and their howl can be heard for miles.
Because of the high pitch of the howl, it can be heard from six miles away if the sound is traveling through trees and 10 miles if it is traveling through open spaces. One reason that a wolf will howl is to signal the others in the pack that they all need to get together. Another reason is to let the other know where a certain wolf is located. And the last reason is a warning to other wolves to stay out of a packs territory.
Before you go out looking at wolves for sale, there are a few things you will need to know if you plan on keeping it as a pet.
The best place to find wolves for sale is through a wolf breeder. You may have to do a bit of searching because many states outlaw the practice of breeding purebred wolves. The best way to find a breeder is through personal recommendations. This is usually always the best way to locate an expert because you are dealing with people who have actually used a particular expert. So if you know someone who has purchased a wolf from a breeder, be sure that they are a reputable and honest breeder.
You want to go check out the breeder in person before you decide on purchasing from them. Even though you got a glowing referral about them, you want to see for yourself. Just because someone else likes a particular breeder, does not mean you will like them. You want to ask the breeder a few questions. Inquire as to how they personally wean the wolf cubs from their mom. Also inquire to see if the baby wolves have had contact with both males and females. If they have had contact with other people, it will avoid behavior issues down the road.
If you dont know anyone who has a wolf, you can look online and locate online discussion forums for people who own wolves. If you cant find a specific one for wolves, look under exotic pets. See if there is a discussion thread already up about reputable breeders in your area. If there is not a discussion thread, you can start one by asking for names of reputable dealers.
Before you purchase a wolf and bring it home, you need to look into the laws in your vicinity to see if you can even own a wolf where you live. Also be sure that you have adequate space for the wolf. And also you want to be sure you have a vet lined up prior to bring your new animal home. Not all vets will care for wolves so you may have to do some looking around.
There are a few other things to take into consideration when thinking of purchasing a wolf. You may want to consider getting two of them since wolves are used to being in packs and they need to be around other wolves for socializing. You also need to inquire with your local animals control office to be sure that it is legal for you to own a wolf. And lastly, let your neighbors know of your intention on getting a wolf. Understand that your neighbors have the right to protest the fact that you are getting a wolf and in some places, they have every legal right to stop you from having one.
Each state has different laws when it comes to having a wolf. In Maryland, you can own a wolf but only if you have a permit from the U.S.D.A. stating the wolf has been vaccinated for rabies. In Alabama, the same rabies vaccine is needed but the wolf must also be spayed or neutered. In California, you can own a wolf but only if you have a permit from the Fish and Game. Only a select number of people have a permit because there are strict criteria in getting a wolf. You have to have prior experiencing in owning a wolf and you need the ideal facilities as well.
Once you have everything squared away and you bring your new friend home, there are things you need to know to ensure the pup gets the proper care and treatment. First you either need to get a book on wolves or look online because you will need to become familiar with the signals, sounds, techniques and body language of the wolf. Understand that having a wolf is a life long commitment. If you get bored with your new pet after a few years, you cannot just toss him back into the wild because he was surely be attacked by other wolves.
You should start introducing the pup to the family and other pets when they are about 3 weeks old. This will get them use to everyone. You will have to bottled fed the wolf pup pretty much around the clock. When you wean the pup from the bottle, you should be feeding him about 4 pounds of high quality fresh meat on a daily basis. The pen that the wolf will live in should be constructed on ½ acre of land. You should have a double chain fence; the fence should be at least 8 feet high and should have an overhang.