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Apolai’ferae

 
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Massive, dark colored, immensely intelligent wolves with otherworldly eyes. They are typically kept by bards/musicians. They are rare, but traveling musicians occasionally encounter them, and eventually started keeping them as pets.

 
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Wolf

 
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Preferred habitat - What kind of habitat is best for Apolai’ferae?

Boreal/Taiga Forest

 
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Dire Wolves, Timber Wolves

 
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BREED NAME: Apolai’ferae

MEANING OF NAME:
The pronunciation can be tricky-
‘appall-eye’fair-ā’.
Translated as Apollo’s Wolf, or alternatively Bard’s Wolf, because they are excellent guardians and are easy to calm with music. In some regions/worlds, it can also be translated as Polar Hound/Wolf, because of their thick fur and cold tolerance.

DESCRIPTION:
Massive, dark colored, immensely intelligent wolves with otherworldly eyes. They are typically kept by bards/musicians. They are rare, but traveling musicians occasionally encounter them, and eventually started keeping them as pets.

QUICK FACTS-
INKC* Recognized: Yes

Breed’s Original Purpose: Guard dog

Origin: Boreal/Taiga forests

Breed Group: Wolf

Average Lifespan: 15-20 years

Size: XX Large

Bark Factor: Low

APPEARANCE-
Ears: Long and pointed, like a stretched teardrop. Smooth fur. They are often black/dark grey at their base and brighten to white tips.

Tail: Long, feathered. Color is usually white/grey or black/grey, either transitional or in patches. Rare individuals have black/white patches, and even rarer forms have black/white/grey patches.

Nose: Large, black

Eyes: Often bright gold, but a rare few have deep blue eyes. During the night of a new or full moon, they dimly glow, and some superstitions consider their gaze a death sentence, or that they are actually werewolves. It is unknown why their eyes glow.

Front Legs: Often black. Slightly shorter than hind legs, sturdily built.

Hind Legs: Often grey. Thick, long, and powerful. Hind feet are slightly larger than front feet.

Snout: Long, broad, black/white patches. Males have thicker snouts than females. They have a notable ‘beard’ on their chin, which appears longer and thicker on males.

Body: Long and powerfully built. Males appear beefier than females, and have massive, broad heads. Overall, thick fur that may appear shaggy or sleek, depending on the individual. Various combinations of white, grey, and black.

Chest: Often has poofy, black or dark grey fur. Females have slightly narrower chests than males.

Colours: Usually black, grey, and white. Though, some have been seen with tan or brown patches.

Markings: Patches, streaks, and color transitions.

BREED BASICS-
INKC* Rating: #531

Family: Wolf

Area of Origin: Boreal/Taiga forests

Date of Origin: Unknown

Original Function: Guard dog

Today’s Function: Guard dog, Hunting/Tracking

Average Size of Male: 70-78 inches long from nose to tail tip, 47-52 inches tall at shoulders when on all fours.

Average Weight of Male: 120-180 lbs.

Average Size of Female: 66-74 inches long from nose to tail tip, 44-49 inches at shoulders on all fours.

Average Weight of Female: 110-170 lbs.

Other Name: Wolf of Apollo, Apollo’s Hound, Polar Wolf, Bard’s Wolf, Sparrehlen’ferae (Spawn of the Werewolf, because of their large size and strange eyes), and occasionally Apple-Eye Wolves (this one is discouraged, as it seems to agitate the wolves).

IS THIS DOG GOOD FOR YOU?-
Energy Level: Moderate-High

Exercise Needs: High

Playfulness: Moderate-High

Affection Level: Moderate

Friendliness Toward other Dogs: Low-Moderate.
(They are more likely to get along with one or two small dogs, but they often become hostile to bigger dogs. The exception is those they are raised with)

Friendliness Toward other Pets: Low
(They tend to hunt small pets and attack large ones)

Friendliness Toward Strangers: Low.
(They are very protective of their owner, and will not allow strangers within a 5’ radius unless the owner calms them down first).

Ease of Training: Low-Moderate

Watchdog Ability: High

Protection Ability: High

Grooming Needs: Low-Moderate

Cold Tolerance: High

Heat Tolerance: Low

WHAT IS AN Apolai’ferae’s PERSONALITY LIKE?
To their owners, they are generally calm, unless they are threatened or excited. To other people, they are very timid and wary, with a possibility of attacking if approached too quickly or if the stranger is trying to be dominant.

They are vigilant and curious, being prone to wandering through their territory and investigating odd sounds and sights. They enjoy music, particularly mellow tunes from lutes, pianos, and various wind instruments (flutes, for example). They also love puzzles and certain games like hide-and-seek.

Though they mostly act like other wolves, they have a strange amount of intelligence that they seem to deliberately hide. Yet, for those they trust, they often sit and attentively listen to their owner, regardless of whether they are speaking to the wolf or not. They also react to the owner’s words, and sometimes vocalize as if conversing.

Another way they might show their intelligence is acting without commands, such as hunting for their owner because it is near the time their owner usually eats.

It is highly recommended to treat them with respect, and even deference. If treated poorly or harshly, they are considerably more likely to attack and will eventually abandon an abusive owner (if not worse). They also seem to have standards, and thus will react poorly to derogatory names (such as Apple-Eye Wolf) or similar situations.

WHAT IS AN Apolai’ferae’s BEHAVIOR LIKE?
They are social creatures, just like other wolves, but are more often encountered alone or in mated pairs. Packs are often small, ranging from 3-5 individuals, but they are immensely loyal to each other.

They are highly territorial and will defend their territory to the death. This protectiveness extends to their owners, as they see them as members of their pack.

They are avid roamers and investigators. They are fascinated by puzzles, and enjoy games like hide-and-seek (though the owner must be careful because of the wolf’s size and tendency to tackle). They also love snow, and enjoy digging and/or jumping in it.

They often groom before sleeping, and this is a good indicator of health as ill wolves will not groom as much. They sleep lightly, and often take many short naps during the day.

When listening to music, they will sit next to the musician and guard them, sometimes falling asleep, and other times giving off short howls as if singing.

They do not like deep caves or buildings, and will refuse to enter either. It is unknown why. However, they often make dens in shallow caves or will dig tunnels in the snow.

Despite their social nature, they don’t often vocalize. Many believe this assists lone wolves in their hunting, but no one is sure. When they do vocalize, it is usually with huffs or short howls. They only bark when about to attack, and it is quite loud and harsh.

When excited or playing, they often jump, and are prone to tackling. If they tackle their owner, they will lick them a lot. They often make playful howls when happy. They love snowballs, and will chase them if they’re thrown.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN AN Apolai’ferae?
They can be tedious and difficult to train, but once trust has been established they become fairly cooperative, particularly if given many treats and rewards. They are most responsive to hand movements, much like other wolves, but they also respond to music (example: mellow tones relax them, harsher tones agitate them if they’re not used to it).

They are patient observers, and can tell when their owners are in particular moods, and they will react accordingly (such as comforting their owner when they’re sad or growling at someone their owner is angry at).

They can also learn to trust people that treats their owner fairly for a long period of time. They become more friendly to these people, though they are still cautious of them.

They are more likely to trust musicians/bards, and are best trained as guard dogs and/or hunting dogs.

HOW MUCH DO Apolai’ferae SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Even though they have thick fur, they rarely shed, primarily because their typical habitat is always cold.

They also groom often, but, despite this habit, their fur tends to knot up and can catch small things like dirt, leaves, and small branches easily, so daily brushing is recommended.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO Apolai’ferae HAVE?
In hot climates, they are prone to overheating, and can develop a wide range of issues. Otherwise, they are fairly healthy creatures.

ARE Apolai’ferae GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Mostly. Since they rarely shed and groom often, their owners should have little issues with allergies from the wolf itself. However, since they can pick up things with their fur, this can expose environmental allergens to their owner.

HOW ARE Apolai’ferae MATERNAL INSTINCTS? (TOWARDS HUMANS, THEIR OWN AND OTHER CREATURES)
Being the social creatures that they are, they will consider their owners, and pets they have been raised with, as part of their pack, and thus will defend them with their life. They are also immensely loyal to their pack members, and will consistently return to their owners even after days of roaming. However, they are not fond of having more than five individuals in their pack, and will attack any extras as if they were intruders.

If they have been with their owner for long stretches of time without roaming, they can become moody and troublesome. But, if allowed to roam on their own for a few days, they calm down.

Traveling musicians often have little issue with the wolf’s desire to roam, because they are constantly on the move, and they also let the wolf roam by themselves anyway while in town. This prevents any conflict in the town, and, because of the wolf’s loyalty, musicians can later call them back without worrying of never seeing them again.

 

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