Growling is used as a warning. A wolf may growl at intruding wolves or predators, or to indicate dominance.

Wolves use body language to convey the rules of the pack. A wolf pack is very organized. Rule number one says that the pack is made up of leaders and followers. The pack leaders are the male parent and the female parent – usually the father and mother of the other pack members.

They are often the oldest, largest, strongest and most intelligent wolves in the pack. They are known as the dominant pair and are usually the only members of the pack to produce pups, thus are also referred to as the breeding pair.

The dominant male and female are in charge of the pack. To communicate dominance, they carry their tails high and stand tall. Less dominant wolves exhibit submissive behavior by holding their tails down and often lower their bodies while pawing at the higher ranking wolves.

If two wolves have a disagreement, they may show their teeth and growl at each other. Both wolves try to look as fierce as they can.

Photo Credit: Henrik Nisson

Responses to "10 pictures of growling wolves that will awaken your alpha side."

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  3. They re still beautiful even when growling and snarling!

  4. I do the same thing to my heeler to let her know I mean business... And boy is it effective.

  5. Anonymous says:

    gorgeous gorgeous creatures!

  6. Anonymous says:

    now I see my spirit ..

  7. Don't piss off a wolf!

  8. Anonymous says:

    They have their own rules as we do, let them live naturally just understand them.

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