The wolf is - and always will be - a wild animal . So how did the popular myth originate of a domesticated wolf as man's best friend ? Man does not shoot and poison his best friend . Acknowledgement and thanks to the person who pinned this beautiful image .
The Black Wolf is a melanistic colour variant of the grey wolf (Canis lupus). Genetic research has shown that wolves with black pelts owe their distinctive coloration to a mutation which occurred in domestic dogs, and was carried to wolves through wolf-dog hybridisation.