The Melanistic Black Wolf

Wolves have been tied with humans going back thousands of years. They were the first animal to be domesticated by man, beginning with the domestication of the Grey Wolf several tens of thousands of years ago.

A black wolf, however, does not occur naturally. They are a melanistic colour variant of the grey wolf. According to a 2008 study at Stanford, black wolves are the result of grey wolves breeding with domestic canines. Like dark hair in humans, the mutation is a dominant trait that is passed down to most offspring. Black wolves are most common in North America.

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