Friday, December 30, 2011

GSD skull vs. Wolf skull

One of these things is not like the other.


German shepherd dog skull:


Wolf skull:


                         


Try finding the differences.  There are surprisingly many.

Start with the lower jaw.  (Unfortunately the German shepherd dog's teeth are not correct)

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

this helped me tell how many percent wolf/white german shepherd in my dog, thanks.

Vicki Harsha said...

I'm happy this helped.

Grin said...

I see quite a few differences. Eye socket position, Canine size and position, and Jaw breadth are the things I noticed mostly. Not sure, but it looks to me that GSD has a stronger and more powerful jaw. Is that correct?

Vicki Harsha said...

Thank you for your comment and membership brother Glenn. I would agree with the differences you enumerated. However, I would respectfully disagree with your tentative assessment that the dog jaw is stronger and more powerful. I feel the greatest differences between the two skulls are in the jaw and the superior occipital zone. Notice the mass of the mandible of the wolf compared to the dog, especially in the proportions toward the anterior.

Additionally, the coronoid process, jutting up behind the zygomatic arch, is larger on the wolf providing an ample attachment for the temporalis muscle.

rb336 said...

Grin, the muscle attachments for the wolf jaw are larger, especially the cranial ridge and coronoid process, indicating a stronger bite for the wolf

Debra said...

No, a wolf does because it needs to be able to crush the bones of large prey like dear. German Shepherds rely on humans for food and didn't need such a powerful jaw. A GSD's jaw IS powerful, just doesn't match the wolf's.

Debra said...

I agree with you completely. Also I saw the top of the wolf's skull is more broad & flater that the GSD's.