The Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) is described as the largest member of the wolf (and for that matter a large member of the Canis lupus familiaris or dog) family. The grey wolf is a large canine. It stands between 65-80cm in height at the shoulder and can measure between 135-195cm from nose to tail.
An adult male can weigh up to 70kg and the average life expectancy in the wild is approximately 8 years without accidents. By accidents, I mean that many wolves are killed each year due to their apparent predatory habits of killing domesticated livestock. Man is the wolf’s number one enemy and their greates ally in their fight to stave off extinction. Once a common site on the North American continent, it is estimated that there are now fewer than 20,000 animals left.
- The wolf can be identified by its colouring, which ranges from black to grey and even on occasions, all white.
- They can be mistaken for domestic dogs as they resemble the Alaskan Malamute and to some extent the Alsatian or as it is correctly known the German Shepherd Dog.
A pack animal, wolves hunt, travel and live in groups. They have strong social ties to their pack and have a distinct territory or range in which they hunt. As I mentioned in an earlier post, wolves communicate through the use of a number of different sounds. These sounds range from growls, whines and howls to barks.
Due to the reduction in their natural habitat by the encroachment of man into the wilderness they once claimed as their own, many wolves can no longer find the moose, caribou and deer that they once hunted and many now die from starvation or are forced to hunt smaller animals and scavenge for food.
This magnificent animal is listed as endangered due to its low numbers. The US Government, under the Endangered Species Act, has set legislation in place to help avert the extinction of the grey wolf. I am writing these articles, sourced from many different places on the Internet to help raise awareness of the danger the wolf now faces.
The Wolf Howl Animal Preserve is a place where you may find more information about wolves.
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My name is Allison, I have recently had a dream about a black wolf with the brightest blue eyes in the night sky behind trees staring at me. As he stares he came closer and was face to face with me, almost as if he was trying to make me see something I’m his eyes. He was huge and in my dream everything was very detailed when it came to him. As a few moments went by looking me in the eyes with a calmness about him. I didn’t get frightened as he showed his teeth once, and then went back to calmness, turned around around walking away from me, then looked back at me once as he was walking back into the black night. And from that point on he was gone. I’ve never had a dream about wolves or even dogs. I’m not sure if this could mean something, and that is why I have come to you Timberwolf! Could you shed some light on this seemingly real life dream I had?
Thank you in advance,
Thank you for contacting Timberwolf HQ and posting your question. I have thought long and hard about your dream. It would seem to me that the Black Wolf was visiting you to let you know that you have a spirit guide and that he was there to protect you. The barring of teeth momentarily indicates that a choice in your life could be considered dangerous and he was just trying to let you know to think carefully about your response to the situation forcing this choice. Satisfied that he had conveyed this information, he walked back to the shadows until he was next needed.
I am having recurring dreams of a black wolf with beautiful ice blue eyes. He comes to me showing his teeth but never attacks me. He is sometimes in a pack surrounded by smaller wolves also black. This big wolf is very black, blacker than I have ever seen and he is in the middle of the pack yet he never attacks me. What does this mean???
Welcome to Timberwolf HQ Suzi
I must apologise for the tardiness of my response. No excuses will be sufficient to fill the void between when you asked your question and my answer now.
Your question is one that continues to cause many people consternation. Having said that, the answer is less sinister than the dream appears on face value. The black wolf is a large alpha male and is likely one of your spirit guides. He appears to you individually and as the ‘leader of the pack’ to indicate to you that his message is important. The bearing of his teeth is not to threaten or cause fear, it is a warning that you are approaching a point in your life where you need to make a decision that will determine your life path for some time to come. He is asking you to reconsider something and to make an alternate choice.
You will need to examine your life to date and see where you have made decisions and look at the direction those decisions have taken you. You will notice a pattern appearing. One that to my feeling has taken you away from your true path. The wolf is after all a “path finder, teacher and guide”. Follow your intuition and make the right choice. You will see a change in the dream when you have done that.
If you wish to contact your guide to further understand what he is trying to tell you and to get better acquainted, you could undertake the meditation in the following article: Discovering Your Animal Totem
Please come back and let me know how you have fared.
I had this dream that me and a lady I used to go to church with where riding down the highway and suddenly we seen three grey wolves crossing the road. The one in the middle was the largest of the three. They just stopped and were stairing right at me. The friend I was with was driving the car and stopped. The wolves and I were just stairing at each other, but for some reason I was not affraid. Then the largest wolve slowly started walking away and the other two started walking away to but they never took their eyes off me until they got all the way accross the road and started up this grassy hill. Suddenly I woke up and was confussed but not frightened. Me and the lady that was driving the car in my dream hardly ever even talk anymore so Im kinda confussed about her even being in my dream. Please try and help me make some sense of this.
Welcome to Timberwolf HQ Michelle
This dream tells me that Wolf appeared to cause you to pause and think about your current direction in life. Perhaps it is time to make a change, take the road back towards a more natural existence. This would be why a woman from your past, a time of more natural living for you, was also in your dream.
Please come back and let me know how things are going.
rudolf de jager
Maybe I should mention that the dogs retreated and disappeared the moment this wolf showed up. It just looked at me with those blue eyes and ran off. Any meaning??
Thank you for the questions. I would like to say that dream interpretation is an exact science, yet as we know this is not the case. What I feel your dream means is that you have Wolf as one of your animal spirit guides and Wolf knows that you are currently struggling with a serious issue symbolised by the pack of dogs. Wolf has come forward at this time to let you know that you can find a way through this difficult situation. Just be true to your own path and you will find the solution.
If you wish to meditate on the dream and perhaps meet your wolf guide, then I suggest you read this article: Discovering Your Animal Totem and then try the meditation.
Please drop back again and let my readers and I know what is happening.
rudolf de jager
I had a dream about a black wolf with the most beautiful blue eyes I had ever seen but the thing is, this wolf was not aggressive towards me, it was protecting me from dogs that was busy attacking me. It just showed up and protected me from the dogs and disappeared again. Mean anything???
Also, I’ve imagined three kittens with the wolf. One was black with some kind of white marking inbetween it’s dark moss green eyes. The second is silver gray, with pale baby blue eyes. And the third was orange, wheat blonde and deep brown stripped. It also had copper eyes. These kittens were always riding on my wolf’s head. They were really small, shorthaired and playfull.
I understand that you have had intense dreams about wolves and that they now include kittens. Have you tried any meditations to assist in meeting and getting to know your animal spirit guide. I have posted a very good one on: Discovering Your Animal Totem. Please try this meditation as quite a few of my readers have indicated it was very useful. I too have found it helps.
Once you have met with your spirit guide and become known to each other you may then ask questions about your dreams.
Let my readers and I know how this works for you.
My friend(anonamus)has had wolf related dreams and in the dreams see’s a pack of adult wolves ( leader is gold)and 2 pups(silver and white) that always look at him and use telepathy to tell him ‘Help me’.He has been worried about these dreams but asked to put this up instead of him.Can you please give him some advice and can you give me advice from my last comment. Thank you for your time Timberwolf.
Thank you again for submitting a comment. I have responded to your previous comment and hope that my answer to this one helps your friend.
I would suggest that your friend learn more about his totem animal. Have him try meditation to assist in meeting and getting to know his animal spirit guide. I have posted a very good one on: Discovering Your Animal Totem. Please have your friend try this meditation as quite a few of my readers have indicated it was very useful. I too have found it helps.
Once he has met with his spirit guide and become known to each other come back and let my readers and I know how it worked for him.
Um. I just read over all the posts, and I think there very interesting, and you might be able to help me. I hve always loved wolves, and last year, I started feeling this intence connection to a deep black giant wolf, with thick fur. Actually, I got this wired urge to make a plush black wolf with deep bright blue eyes, the colour of the sky after sunset, but before dusk. I made one, and gave him a moonstone heart because I felt I HAD to… Also, Ive been imagining have this wolf scaring both my arms, legs, and across my stomch since last year as well. I’ve never dreamed of them, but I constantly draw this wolves eyes staring at me… Also,ive always loved and felt strongest during the night, and inside a forest. I know it might sound strange, but I sometimes feel my heart ache whaen I pass by the thick forests in muskoka, as though I would truly belong and be happy and I belong inside there…. I’d really appreciate your opinion on what these might mean. Oh and a I have always respected and have been very interested in aborigional and native American culture, and their beliefs.
My apologies for taking so long to respond. Have you ever thought that you might be a shape-shifter? I wrote an article: Lycanthropy – Shape-shifters – Werewolves that might assist you in identifying whether you feel that this could be why you have such intense feelings.
Please let me know what your thoughts are when you have had a chance to consider the information.
I have recently been dreaming that I am in a sort of snowy area and suddenly (I do mean suddenly) I se a pack of wolves infront of me .Then I close my eyes and when I open them I’m a wolf .I have also seen a pack of wolves attacking people in my dreams before and I’m worried ’cause I’ve had psychic dreams before .Please help me.
I subscribe to the belief that dreams are a way of working out some of our own inner stresses and decisions. I feel that your dream is a way of showing you that you feel that you need to be part of a pack and yet it is the wrong pack as it attacks others rather than helps and assists as a normal wolf pack would do. I do not believe that your dream is prophetic in the sense that it will come to pass. Please assess your friend group and see what actions they are performing and whether you can reconcile these actions with your moral conscience.
I would be interested to know how things have progressed for you Ceri. Please come back and let me know your thoughts.
i keep having the same dream not every night but every 3-4 times a week or month really depends….. OK so i wake up to hear howling from outside i go outside to see my gate and my wales have gone and its snowing. There’s a real light layer of snow on the ground. As I look up all the houses around me are gone except mine. My 2 dogs are barking at the woods and then out of the distance i see something walking towards me and my dogs. It’s 2 very white wolves. They look amazing. As they get closer i can see they both have blue eyes. Then my dogs get frightened and get into their dog box. The wolves stop in front of me and snarl and grow. I don’t move or make any sounds then they attack me they kill me… Then I wake up in the dream in my bed just to look out the window and see its snowing i hear the howling and it repeats again but this time they don’t kill me ….. what does this mean?
Namaste Sean. Welcome to Timberwolf HQ.
I’m glad you liked the article enough to comment and ask a question. For the most part the best person to interpret your dream is you. Only you know what is happening in your life at the moment and so using that knowledge you should be able to provide some meaning to the dream. In my article: Animals: Spirit, Power & Totem, the wolf as a guide means teacher and pathfinder.
My feeling in relation to your dream is that there is a situation in your life at the moment where you feel that you have been left without guidance. The wolves attacking and eating you probably means that you are concerned about not having any guidance. Then, the waking in the dream to still be in the dream with the wolves approaching you again, this time in a friendly manner shows you that you do have the ability to find your path, all you have to do is trust your intuition, follow your guides (the wolf).
You may like to try the meditation in this article: Discovering Your Animal Totem to meet your current guide(s) and ask about the dream.
Please come back and let my readers and I know how you went.
Oh and one more thing he was always this black wolf with ice cold blue eyes.
Hi my name is Jose and recently I had 2 dreams of a lone wolf. I have never dreamed of a lone wolf before and well this is how my first dream went. I was in my house and I was minded my own business. I told my mom that I would go out back and there is a trail there and told her that I am going to be right back. I decided to go for a walk. Once I started I noticed there wasn’t anyone near me so I walked slower. But then I stared in front of me. And there was this wolf just standing there. He didn’t seem to want to attack me. He came closer and sniffed at me. And without moving he backed up into the woods. And disappeared. I was scared and thought he would attack me. So after that happened I ran home. Then I woke up. The second dream was that my main family decided to take a trip on the trains there are near waterfront station in Vancouver. We were the only people there and the train started to part with the station. But as soon as we headed to the woods. The train starts to fall apart. It was a horrible experience. Plus the one thing on my mind was to protect everyone there. So once the train stopped dead in its tracks. I looked around and my mom was trying to keep everyone in a small circle and to keep warm seeing as the train was falling apart. I looked out the window to see there were dogs out there who had lost their trainers and they seem hungry. But there was one of them that was a wolf. And he wasn’t moving, he was just staring at me with those intense eyes. I grabbed a pillow, and placed it in front of me. So that he would stop staring at me. But as soon as I did that, he came closer. I was really scared this time. And was stuck there frozen. He didn’t attack me like the others that seemed like they wanted to. And as I looked beyond where the wolf was. He again disappeared into the woods. Then a woolly dog came to me and started to lick my hand and then I screamed like crazy to my older brother to do something bout it. He then grabbed a pillow and threw it outside while the dogs were distracted he then rolled up the window. So that they could come inside. Then I woke up. I feel weird to say this. But I feel as if I knew the wolf from somewhere I don’t quite remember. Can you help me?
Hello Jose. Welcome to Timberwolf HQ.
Well I must say that those are a couple of amazing dreams. It would seem to me from what you have said about your dreams, that you are going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment. The black wolf is not going to hurt you. He is there as a teacher and guide, a pathfinder if you will. He is asking you to trust him and look past the trouble that is occuring at the moment. He is showing you that while there is a little turmoil at the moment, the way ahead is clear. Trust in your instincts.
You should probably try to contact your animal spirit guide to be certain of what it is he is trying to tell you. An article I wrote: Discovering Your Animal Totem may help you with this.
When you have successfully made contact with your guide please come back and share your experience with all of us here at Timberwolf HQ.
I look forward to hearing from you again Jose.
I had a dream that me & a friend were driving down a long road as the sun went down & I saw a Timber Wolf “sneaking” in the distance. We made eye kept eye contact at all times. When we got to the house I notice that there were others, the guy I was with ignored them but I begin to get uneasy. When we got in the house I looked outside & It begin to “howl” I close the curtains & still we had eye contact. Somehow it got in the house & there were two, the people there looked at then as pets but the one I knew looked at me & “bared his teeth” then he “bit my thumb” HARD. I woke up after that. I dream a lot of important dreams but not too many about animals trying to hurt me, what is this one saying?
Hi Timberwolf, I have to say I really like your web site and the wolf that I had in my dream looks like the one you have on here! It’s the one with a dark blurry background and he’s dark grey and white with a little bit of snow on his nose. Oh and I sense them two nights. I haven’t had a dream with the wolf, how can I tell if he’s my guide? Oh and I don’t really remember any dreams now that I think about it. I usually have a lot of dreams that I can remember, huh? That’s weird. Before I had the dreams I was asking god for him to guide me in my life, I dont know if that says anything? But thanks so much for your answer!
Welcome back Frances. The wolf images are just some that I found without copyright restrictions. I felt that they were appropriate for my site. I am glad one of them has meaning for you. As to your dreams, we remember those from which we are to learn, others are just tension and stress release which we don’t need to remember.
As for reaching out to your animal guide, there are a number of ways to do it. One is contained in this artilce: Discovering Your Animal Totem, which seems to be assisting many of my readers make the desired contact. I am preparing a free eBook with a number of meditation guides that may also be of benefit in the long-term. When you have been introduced to your animal spirit guide it would be wonderful for you to come back and tell us about your experience. You can write about it for the competition I am running and may win yourself a Timberwolf HQ T-shirt.
Once you make contact with your guide you will begin to see them everywhere. I have posted another challenge to readers on images in coffee: Wolf Spirit Guide and Readers Challenge.
I look forward to hearing from you again Frances.
Timberwolf I need help I had this dream where I was in an attic like place and I was asleep in my dream, but I knew what was going on around me and these people came and put these wolves in there with us but one came to me! I was so scared I couldnt move, I had my back to it but I knew it was showing is teeth and it was growling and it was a very dark wolf, but then something told me to pray and when I did I was speaking in some weird language I never heard before, and then it just walked away.
Then I had another dream where I was sleeping out side and the same thing happened. I had my back to it and it was growling and then I remember me being so scared I was paralyzed, and then this guy showed up behind the wolf to protect me so he wouldn’t bite me, but he never did. He just walked away? Please help! I’m getting scared at what this might be trying to tell me!!
Hi Frances and welcome to Timberwolf HQ. I’m sorry it has taken time to respond to your question. I needed some time to consider it. My feeling is that you are currently involved in an undertaking that could very well cause you some difficulty in the future. The wolf is not trying to hurt you, it is warning you that you need to look at your situation and make some changes. I hope this helps.
Please come back and let me know what is happening.
I have been dreaming of a timber wolf and a bald eagle for some time now. They are never in the same dream, and the dreams are always very abrupt, vivid, and brief. Normally, the timber wolf is on the side of a curvy mountain road, in the shadows under the trees. In the dreams, I’m in a car with my mother or elder sister, and I see the wolf staring at me before he bounds away into the shadows. Last night, as we were driving around a curve, the wolf suddenly leaped into the road in front of the car. His ears were laid back and his hackles were raised as he snarled. Then he leaped across the road and ran into the shadows. My sister and I were very startled by this, but I became lucid and thought to myself “I didn’t remember dreaming of this wolf before, but now it’s come back to me. What’s wrong with him?”.
That’s the first time I can recall dreaming of the wolf seeming angry or defensive. My day has been very strange because of that dream and I’ve been quite bothered by it all day.
Hello Mary, welcome to Timberwolf HQ. Have you ever tried to contact your animal spirit guide? Doing so may help you with your interpretation of these dreams. However, from my first impressions, I feel that the wolf is attempting to gain your attention and direct you to look elsewhere than on the road you are currently travelling. Perhaps you need to examine the direction your life is taking at the moment and consider what other options you may have. Without knowing what choices you are facing I have provided my best interpretation.
Please come back and let me know what is happening. I would like you to read the article: Discovering Your Animal Totem as well. Then tell me what happens when you make contact. You may also be interested in entering the competition I am running at the moment.
Thank you so much for your interpretation of my dream. What you said makes a lot of sense in where it applies to my life at this time. Does the action of the wolf mean that the Timberwolf is my spiritual protector, spiritual guardian or spiritual advisor in my life?
Welcome back Denise. You are very welcome. I am glad that my interpretation made sense to you. It is likely that the wolf has something to do with your spiritual development. I’d like to you read and try the meditation in the article: Discovering Your Animal Totem.
When you have done this, please come back and share your experience. I am running a competition at the moment and your story may well be a winner.
There is something else I must tell you Timberwolf. There has been one other time that an animal has materialized in my dream but it was a sheep. In the dream I was talking to someone I knew and they were being difficult. I got angry and in this anger a sheep came charging from my body and butted it’s head into the person’s stomach (male) I was talking to. I have been told that I have prophetic dreams but I don’t know if I do. I know all of this sounds weird and you may think me a nut case but all of this is the truth.
One thing that is not taken for granted here at Timberwolf HQ are the experiences shared by my readers. It is not for us to judge you or your skills and abilities. I and I hope my readers accept all who come here for who they are and what they share. I have had some experiences that might be labelled ‘weird and unusual’ as well so do not be concerned about your own. As to the Sheep, well the Spirit Walk Ministry indicates that a sheep is:
Hope this helps make sense of the dream for you.
I look forward to more of your experiences being shared here at Timberwolf HQ and hope to see you back again.
I have never dreamed of a wolf before. The dream started this way…I live in a 4 split level house. I was standing on third flour at that top of the stairs looking down at this man and woman. I knew these two people and they weren’t family members. There seemed to be a feeling of contention between us. When the wolf barged through the front door the two shrunk in size while the wolf got larger. Once the wolf pounced on the man and woman they disappeared and then he turned towards me. I believe the wolf’s ears were positioned low (flat) against it’s head. When I looked at the wolf I knew instinctively that it was a timber wolf though I can’t tell one wolf from another. As it slowly came up the stairs towards me with bared teeth I became scared and ran up the next flight of stairs running to the bathroom. I never heard it following me but once in the bathroom I purposely woke myself up. Does any of this make sense?
Welcome back Denise.
From what you have said, the dream seems to be one where the timber wolf is attempting to warn you of something. It does not appear to be trying to harm you. The ears back flat is a warning sign. The fact that it didn’t follow you up the stairs tells me it was happy that you heeded the warning. Perhaps someone you know is trying to undermine your confidence and the dream is a way of alerting you to this.
I have never had a dream like this one before. I dreamed of a timber wolf coming towards me in the house. It’s body was low to the ground, it’s teeth were bared and was huge. It came barging through the door and pushed and knocked two people out of the way and turned towards the stairs where I was standing and looking. It had an evil look and started to come up the steps slowly towards me as if I was the one it was seeking. I did not hear any growling and I ran.
That is a frightful dream. Given that it was not growling and only bearing its teeth, I feel that it was not trying to hurt you. Did you know the two people it knocked out of the way? Perhaps it was attempting to place itself between you and those people as it was trying to warn you of some type of danger.
Please share more about the dream, feelings, how it started and finished? Have you ever dreamed of wolves before?
I hope you will be comfortable sharing this information.
I noticed something else from the dream the wolf’s cry was following me it didn’t seem aggressive, but at the sweat lodge l didn’t feel the people in the sweat lodge were there for the same reason as I. There was alot of ego and cold hearts. l didn’t get the positive vibe I should’ve, but really I’ve seen the wolf quite often in my life. My dad has them hanging all over his house. He feels they are like spirits. I think the werewolves in my dream signify transformation, but they do scare me.
Hi Tosha. Your father is right. The wolf is a nature spirit. It is a teacher and a pathfinder. You do not need to be frightened of them. There is some imminent transformation in your life that may be causing you some dis-harmony. This is the reason for the howling, to alert you to the fact that you need to make a decision, one that will be life changing. Do not fear the decision, make it and move on. Your wolf will guide you to the right one.
Even a dog that steals the fur pattern of a wolf fails to look like one, instead they look a mockery.. Focus on the Face as I stated earlier and it’s very simple to tell the difference. Also you might want to make remarks on the primary form of oral communication which appears to subsist in a high pitched almost whine, which there are plenty of records to be found in by the books of Jim and Jamie Dutcher, who not being trained to ignore actually recorded those data points.
–The Analytical Searcher
timberwolf i dont know if u recieved my earlier message. thank u for responding. i believe the wolf is trying to help me find strength. i’m kind of a pushover and i read some of your comments to others and found some awnsers of my own. many blessings upon you and yours great page. we need more like it 11:11
i have alot of dreams about being chased by wolves just the howling l dont see them and i dream of becoming a werewolf. i also went to a sweat lodge and saw a wolf bearing its teeth at me. what does that mean?
Hello Tosha. In answer to your question there is much to be considered. In my article “Cannine Language” there is a number of postures and communication methods that you would need to consider. Such things as the position of the ears and tail, the arching of the back etc. A wolf bearing its teeth could have a number of meanings if associated with one or more of these gestures. However, in a dream it is often difficult to pinpoint additional behaviours or gestures.
So, here is what I think your Wolf might be trying to tell you. It may have been a warning to be alert for treachery or loss. If the wolf appears to be fierce or snarling it may be attempting to warn you of possible pending disagreements or perhaps you may have some untrustworthy friends around you.
You would need to look at other aspects of the dream to give its meaning more accuracy.