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The 11 Largest Wolves in the World

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Largest Wolves In The World

Largest Wolves In The World

Wolves are the largest animals of the dog family, which are wild and carnivorous. Wolves originated about 3.5 million years ago, from an extinct animal Mesoyan. The Gray wolf is the most common wolf of the world. Basically, There are 3 species of wolves and about 40 subspecies.

: Gray wolf (Canis lupus),
: Red wolf (Canis Rufus),
: Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis)

Wolves range in length from 3.0 to 6.5 feet, the smallest wolves are found in the Middle East that weigh about 30 pounds, and the largest wolves are found in Canada, Soviet Union and Alaska, which can weigh from 120 to 150 pounds. A wolf weighing more than 150 pounds is very rare, But in 1939, there was a wolf trap in Alaska, which is believed to be the largest wolf ever, weighing 175 pounds. Know the 11 largest subspecies of wolves,

WolfHeightLengthWeight

Timber Wolf

26 to 32 in

47 to 74 in

28 to 80 kg

Arctic Wolf

Avg 30 In

40 to 70 In

45 to 70 kg

Eurasian Wolf

28 to 33 in

41 to 63 in

32 to 69 kg

Great Plains Wolf

23 to 33.5 in

54 to 78 in

45 to 68 Kg

Interior Alaskan Wolf

26 to 32 In

59 to 77 in

35 to 66 Kg

Himalayan Wolf

26 to 32 in

45 to 55 in

16 to 65 Kg

Iberian wolf

Avg 30 in

43 to 53.5 in

25 to 55 Kg

Labrador Wolf

26 to 32 in

53 to 74 in

23 to 50 kg

Maxican Wolf

26 to 32 in

55 to 74 in

27 to 45 Kg

Italian Wolf

20 to 28 in

43 to 58 in

24 to 40 kg

Red Wolf

Avg 26 In

53.5 to 63 in

23 to 39 kg

Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf

1. Timber Wolf or Gray wolf

The Timber Wolf is the largest wolf in the world, It has long bushy and black-tipped tail, gray and brown with buffy coat and strong muzzle. Timber wolves are native to the Great Lakes region and southeastern Canada, which are also known as the Northwestern Wolf, Mackenzie Valley wolf, Canadian Timber Wolf, and the Alaskan Timber Wolf.

Physical traits and Information

  • Scientific name : Canis lupus lycaon
  • Height : 26 to 32 in
  • Length : 47 to 74 in
  • Weight : Average 38-52 kg (85-115 pounds),up-to 80 kg
  • Life Span : About 5 to 10 years in the wild, longer in captivity
Melville Island Wolf (Arctic Wolf)

Melville Island Wolf (Arctic Wolf)

2. Melville Island Wolf (Arctic Wolf)

The Timber Wolf is a subspecies of grey wolf and one among the largest wolf in the world, It has a long bushy tail with puffy white coat. Timber wolves are native to the High Arctic tundra of Canada's Queen Elizabeth Islands, from Melville Island to Ellesmere Island, which are also known as the white wolf or polar wolf.

Physical traits and Information

  • Species : Canis lupus arctos
  • Height : 76.00 CM (30 Inches)
  • Length : 40-70 Inches (1-1.8m)
  • Weight : Average 45 to 70 kg (100-160 lbs)
  • Lifespan : 7 to 10 years
Eurasian wolf

Eurasian wolf

3. Eurasian Wolf

Eurasian Wolf is a subspecies of the grey wolf that has a short and coarse coat of a tawny color. Eurasian Wolf is native to Europe and Asia, which are also known as Caspian Sea Wolf, Common Wolf, European Wolf, Carpathian Wolf, Steppes Wolf, Tibetan Wolf and Chinese Wolf.

Physical traits and Information

  • Species : C. lupus
  • Height : 80 to 85 cm (31 -33 in)
  • Length : 105 to160 cm (41–63 in)
  • Weight : Avg. 32 -50 kilograms (71-110 lb), Max up-to 69 - 80 kilograms (152 -176 lb)
  • Life Span : NA
Great Plains Wolf

Great Plains Wolf

4. Great Plains Wolf

The Great Plains wolf is an extinct subspecies of gray wolf, that has a short and coarse coat of a tawny color. The Great Plains wolf is native to the Great Plains from southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada southward to northern Texas in the United States, which are also known as the buffalo wolf or loafer.

Physical traits and Information

  • Scientific name : Canis Lupus Nubilus
  • Height : 23 to 33.5 in
  • Length : 54 to 78 in
  • Weight : Average, 100 lb (45 kg) upto 150 lb (68 kg)
  • Life Span : 6 to 8 years in wild
Interior Alaskan Wolf

Interior Alaskan Wolf

5. Interior Alaskan Wolf (Yukon wolf)

The Interior Alaskan wolf is a subspecies of gray wolf, which is the largest grey wolf subspecies in North America. The Interior Alaskan wolf is native to the native to parts of British Columbia, which are also known as Yukon wolf (in Canada), and North American wolf.

Physical traits and Information

  • Scientific name : Canis lupus pambasileus
  • Height : 26 to 32 In
  • Length : 59 to 77 in
  • Weight : 85 to 115 pounds (38.6-52.3), but they occasionally reach 145 pounds (65.3 kg)
  • Life Span : 4 to 10 years
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Himalayan Wolf

Himalayan Wolf

6. Himalayan Wolf

Himalayan wolves are medium sized wolves, native from the Himalayan region of India and Nepal. The Recent DNA study of Himalayan wolf, clarified that they are as a distinct wolf species. Previously, Tibetan and Himalayan wolf were considered to be the same species of wolf. But these are a new species of wolves, a subspecies of the gray wolf, and distinct from the Tibetan wolves.

Physical traits and Information

  • Scientific name : Canis himalayensis
  • Height : 26 to 32 in
  • Length : 45 to 55 in
  • Weight : 16 to 65 Kg
  • Life Span : 6 to 13 years
Iberian wolf

Iberian wolf

7. Iberian wolf

The Iberian wolf is a subspecies of the grey wolf, native to northern Portugal and northwestern Spain. Iberian wolves are introduced to the critical endangered category or nearing extinction, in the year 1970 there were only 400-500 wolves of this species left.

Physical traits and Information

  • Scientific name : Canis lupus signatus
  • Height : Avg 30 in
  • Length : 43 to 53.5 in
  • Weight : 30 to 40 kg, can grow up to 55 Kg
  • Life Span : 5-6 years in the wild but, 15 years in captivity
Labrador Wolf

Labrador Wolf

8. Labrador Wolf

The Labrador wolf is a subspecies of gray wolf, native to Labrador and northern QuebecIts. Its origin is not clear, but they have a presence around Canada and Alaska. They are critically endangered species which have been extirpated in Canada (Newfoundland) since 1911. In the late 2000s, and early 2010s, there were some sightings of the Labrador wolf on the island of Newfoundland.

Physical traits and Information

  • Scientific Name : Canis lupus labradorius
  • Height : 26 to 32 inches (66 to 81cm)
  • Length : 52.8 to 74.4 Inches
  • Weight : 50 and 110 lbs (22.7 to 50 Kg)
  • Life-Span : 12 to14 years, in captivity
Caspian Sea Wolf

Caspian Sea Wolf

9. Mexican wolf

The Mexican wolf is a one of the smallest subspecies of North American grey wolves. These are known as one of the most friendliest wolves and identified among the most endangered canid, only 350 Mexican wolves in the world today. Mexican wolves are also known as the lobo, they are native to Mexico and available in Southeastern Arizona, western Texas.
The Mexican wolves have 2 subspecies,
: Mexican Gray Wolf
: Mexican Red Wolf

Physical traits and Information

  • Scientific name : Canis lupus baileyi
  • Height : 26 to 32 In
  • Length : 55 to 74 in
  • Weight : 27 to 45 kilograms (60 to 80 pounds)
  • Life Span : 16 to 20 years in captivity, and 8 to15 years in the wild
Italian wolf

Italian wolf

10. Italian Wolf

The Italian wolf is a different species of European wolf, which is a subspecies of gray wolf, also known as the Apeninne wolf, Apennine Mountains in Italy, mainly found in Western Alps and its surrounding regions. Italian wolf is an endangered species as there are just 500 wild Italian wolves.

Physical traits and Information

  • Species : Canis lupus italicus or Canis lupus lupus
  • Height : 50–70 cm (20–28 in)
  • Length : 110–148 cm (43–58 in)
  • Weight : 24 to 40 kilograms (53 to 88 pounds)
  • Life Span : 5 to 6 years
Red Wolf

Red Wolf

11. Redwolf

The Red wolf is native to the southeastern United States, that have a tawny, reddish coat. It's a medium sized wolf, intermediate in size between grey wolves and coyotes. Red wolves are world's most endangered canid, which are classified as “critically endangered”.

Physical traits and Information

  • Species : Canis lupus
  • Height : Avg 26 In
  • Length : 53.5 to 63 in
  • Weight : 23 to 39 kg
  • Life Span : 6 to 7 years

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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