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Wild: 8 ()
Tamed: 20 ()

Attack strength

Easy: 3 ()
Normal: 4 ()
Hard: 6 ()
Tamed: 4 ()


Height: 0.85 Blocks
Width: 0.6 Blocks
Height: 0.425 Blocks
Width: 0.3 Blocks

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First appearances

See History

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Experience Experience First appearances See History Internal ID PC: 2 PE: 69 Network ID PC: none Entity ID xp_orb XP bar visible above hotbar. Experience (EXP or XP for short) can be obtained by gathering experience minecraft

Kill Adult: 1–3
Breeding: 1–7

Internal ID

PC: 95
PE: 14

Entity ID


Notchface.png Jens spent most of the week working on a new mob; the wolf! You can tame it and order it to follow you around, and it’ll work as a pet. They’re fairly rare, but they won’t despawn once you’ve tamed them.
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  • If a tamed wolf attacks a wild wolf, it will growl at its owner.
  • In previous versions, if the player shot an arrow straight up and hit themselves, the player`s own tamed wolf would attack them.
  • A lighting glitch may sometimes cause a wolf to turn all black when it is wet.
  • Unused wolf sounds, such as howling can be found in the Minecraft source code.
  • Untamed Puppies actually exist. They can be made if the player right-clicks on an untamed wolf with a Wolf Spawn Egg in their hand.
  • Tamed wolves will attack skeletons without being provoked.
  • There was once a glitch in Pocket Edition where Wolves/dogs could die while touching Carpet. However, this was fixed in patch 0.12.3.
  • A wolf`s eyes change when they are tamed.
  • Wolves are the only mobs other than Polar Bears that can exist in all three states: passive, neutral, or hostile.


  • If a tamed wolf is named with a name tag, its name is shown in the chat when killed.
  • Wolves do not trample crops (but they can destroy them by jumping on them.).
  • Wolves can teleport into transparent blocks.
  • If you attack a wolf and then give the aggressive wolf food that it can eat (like rotten flesh), hearts will appear as animals do when entering breeding mode, however the wolf will not breed and will continue attacking the player.
  • Aggressive wolves can see you even if you are invisible.
  • In singleplayer, if you punch a wild wolf and leave its field of vision, it will stare at you and not move at all. Going back into its range will make it continue pursuing you.
  • Aggressive wolves have the path-finding of most mobs, such as going around pits, but may sometimes try to jump to get a player that`s separated by a 1-2 block gap. In two block gaps, they won`t make the jump and fall, but may manage to damage the player.
  • Killing your own tamed wolves will still make them drop experience.
  • In Xbox 360 and PS3 edition you can only have 1-8 wolves at a time and in the PS4 and Xbox One edition you can only have 1-16 at a time.
  • Untamed wolves use their hostile appearance when they are attacking sheep, skeletons, or rabbits. They will change back once the targeted mob dies or gets out of their range.
  • Attacking a wild wolf on peaceful won`t damage you, but they assume the hostile appearance and try to push you, similar to a baby slime.
  • A wild baby wolf`s head grows significantly when attacked.
  • If the player attacks a wolf, but then moves a large distance away (e.g. 70 blocks), the wolf will still appear hostile but will exhibit neutral behavior



Wolves only spawn naturally in forests, taiga, mega taiga and cold taiga, as well as the "hills" and "mutated" variants of taiga, mega taiga and cold taiga. In the Pocket Edition Pocket Edition Author(s) Mojang AB Jens Bergensten Aron Nieminen Daniel Kaplan Tommaso Checchi Shoghi Cervantes Jason Major Daniel Wustenhoff Tomas Alaeus Mikael "Slicedlime" Hedberg @@@#@@@Microsoft(microsoft.com)###@### Studios 1] Platform(s) Written in C++ 2] Latest version 1.1.2 minecraft they only spawn naturally in taiga biomes and their variants.

Naturally-spawned wolves are untamed, and will become hostile if attacked by the player.


Wolves drop 3 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.

Behavior and appearance

A tamed wolf "begging" the player
3 tamed wolves following the player

Wolves can exhibit three different states depending on how the user interacts with them:

  • Hostile wolves can be distinguished by their constant growling and appearance. Their tail becomes straight, their eyes become red and the contrast level of the fur increases, revealing dark patches of bristling hair and a mouth line raised in a slight snarl.

A wolf will become hostile towards a player or other mob that attacks it, unless the attacker is the wolf`s owner or is otherwise on the same team A screenshot of a scoreboard on the right side of the screen. The scoreboard system is a complex gameplay mechanic utilized through commands. Mainly intended for mapmakers and server operators, scoreboards are used to track, minecraft , and will also cause nearby wild wolves and standing tamed wolves (in a 33ℂₗ33ℂₗ21 cuboid centered on the attacked wolf) to become hostile towards the attacker.

Skeletons and passive rabbits will actively avoid wolves, killer rabbits Rabbit Health points 3 () Armor points Killer Bunny only: 8 () Attack strength Killer Bunny only: Easy: 5 () Normal: 8 () Hard: 12 () Size Adult: Height: 0.5 Blocks Width: 0.4 Blocks Baby: Height: minecraft will attack them, and sheep will ignore them beyond their normal running after being damaged.

Wolves are 0.85 blocks tall, and baby wolves are 0.425 blocks tall.


Standing tamed wolves will wander randomly when near their owner, but will follow if more than 10 blocks away and will teleport to a nearby free block (if any) if more than 12 blocks away. Besides making travel easier, teleporting can be used to rescue them from lava, water, or pits.

  • Wolves can be told to "sit" by pressing use on them, and made to stand again with another press of use.
    • When originally tamed, they will start off sitting.
    • While sitting, they will not follow the player. Be that as it may, if their owner fights a mob near them, they are still likely to join the fight. When the fight is over, they will go back to sitting (if in water, they won`t sit until they are on dry land). They will sit at their new location instead of returning to wherever they were previously.
    • Wolves will stand up and follow the player if pushed into water or injured while sitting.
  • Wolves can find paths to their targets if attacking, even in craters. They will also navigate along the edges of cliffs, but will occasionally take drops long enough to damage them.
  • Wolves attack their targets by leaping at them in exactly the same manner as spiders, but cause no damage while in midair. Tamed wolves will attack an animal the player starts to attack.
  • Wolves can navigate and turn around in 1 ℂₗ 1 horizontal tunnels.


Tamed wolves will teleport to their owner if they are more than 12 blocks away, with a few caveats.

  • Teleporting resets the focus of a tamed wolf, so if a wolf is attacking a mob and teleports beside a player, it will resume following the player.
  • It is possible for tamed wolves to teleport to an inaccessible location and be injured or die of suffocation as a result.

A wolf will not teleport:

Taming, health and feeding

Many tamed wolves sitting
A group of begging wolves

A wolf can be tamed by feeding it bones. Once tamed, a wolf will not accept any more bones. Note that the number of bones required is random ⃢₀ₓ each bone has a 1/3 chance of taming the wolf. If the wolf is tamed, it will get a red collar and (if not swimming) the wolf will sit down. Currently, there is no limit to the number of wolves the player can tame.

A wolf`s tail will rise and lower depending on its health. The exact health of an individual wolf can be determined by measuring the angle between its hind legs and tail. The angle indicates the percentage of health that the wolf has. Wild wolves have a maximum health of 8 (), so their tails will always remain significantly lower than those of tamed wolves. Tamed wolves can be healed by feeding them any sort of meat other than fish; this will restore as much of the wolf`s health as the same food would restore hunger points when eaten by the player.

Puppies have only 8 () health when born, but their maximum health is the same as an adult`s - 20 (), and they can be raised to full health by feeding them or using splash potions of healing. Note that wolves do not get food poisoning, so they can freely eat rotten flesh or raw chicken. Feeding a tamed wolf which is already at full health will usually start the "love mode" animation.

A tamed wolf`s collar color can be changed by using a dye on the wolf.


A puppy sitting

Wolves can be bred, if tamed and at full health, through the use of any type of meat.

The growth of baby wolves can be slowly accelerated using any type of meat. Each use takes 10% off the remaining time to grow up.

The behavior of puppies is the same as tamed wolves. The appearance of the pups differs, be that as it may, as they have large heads, similar to the offspring of pigs, cows, sheep Sheep Health points 8 () Size Adult: Height: 1.3 Blocks Width: 0.9 Blocks Baby: Height: 0.65 Blocks Width: 0.45 Blocks Spawn Opaque blocks with at least two block space above them. First appearances See History minecraft and so on.

Breeding two wolves that recognize someone else as an owner will cause the puppy to also be owned by the owner of the original two wolves. If two tamed wolves with different owners are bred, the puppy will usually be owned by the owner of the wolf bred last.

Data values

See also: Chunk format

Wolves have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is wolf.

  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
    • Tags common to all mobs see Template:Nbt inherit/mob/template
    • Additional fields for mobs that can breed see Template:Nbt inherit/breedable/template
    • Additional fields for mobs that can be tamed by players see Template:Nbt inherit/tameable/template

    • ⃂Angry: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the wolf is angry.

    • ⃂CollarColor: The dye color of this wolf`s collar. Present even for wild wolves (but does not render); default value is 14.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Pocket Wii U

Leader Of The Pack Befriend five Wolves. This does not have to be in a single game, so multiple games or reloading old saves does count toward this achievement. Xbox 360 Yes Alt Yes 30G Silver
Xbox One Alt Yes 20G ⃢₀ₔ


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
The Parrots and the Bats Breed two animals together Husbandry Breed a pair of one of these 10 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement. minecraft:husbandry/breed_an_animal
Best Friends Forever Tame an animal Husbandry Tame one of the 5 types of mob that are tamable. minecraft:husbandry/tame_an_animal
Two by Two Breed all the animals! The Parrots and the Bats Breed pairs of each of these 10 mobs. Other tamable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement. minecraft:husbandry/breed_all_animals



Mar. 2, 2011 Notch confirmed the addition of wolves after having breakfast with an idol of his (likely Peter Molyneux).
Mar. 18, 2011 Jeb posted a video preview of the wolves he was working on.
1.4 Added wolves.
A glitch was encountered where if the player`s wolf was not sitting when the player logged off, it would become wild and the player would have to tame it again. This problem was fixed a couple of updates after wolves were first introduced.
1.5 Prior to this update, wolves continuously made whimpering noises even when they were at full health in SMP because Jeb accidentally used client-side health instead of synced health.
1.6 Prior to this update, players hurting themselves with arrows would cause all of their tamed wolves to attack the player.
1.8 Just like farm animals, wolves don`t despawn, and they spawn rarely. Most generate with the world.
Official release
1.1 Wolves only despawn when hostile; passive and tamed wolves will not.
1.2.1 12w03a Prior to this update, breeding wolves with wheat caused a bug which made them sit forever.
Wolves can be bred through the use of any type of meat such as chicken (raw or cooked), pork (raw or cooked), beef (raw or cooked), and rotten flesh if tamed and at full health.
1.4.2 12w34a Tamed wolves have dye-able collars.
1.4.5 Added baby untamed wolves. Only spawn in creative via mob egg
1.6.1 Passive untamed wolves despawn, but only after at least two minutes.
1.6.2 Wolves, along with zombies, creepers Creeper Health points 20 () Attack strength Varies by proximity and difficulty. Maximum damage: Normal: 49 ( × 24.5) Charged: 97 ( × 48.5) Size Height: 1.7 Blocks Width: 0.6 Blocks Spawn Light level of minecraft and skeletons Skeleton Health points 20 () Attack strength Bow: Easy: 1 () - 4 () Normal: 1 () - 4 () Hard: 1 () - 5 () Sword: Easy: 2 () Normal: 2 () Hard: 3 minecraft , no longer turn hostile by the the player when attacked in Creative mode.
1.8 14w02a Baby wolves growth can be accelerated using raw or cooked chicken, raw or cooked porkchop, raw or cooked beef and rotten flesh.
14w05b Tamed wolf collars are no longer visible when they have the Invisibility effect.
14w10a Wolves (both wild and tamed) now chase and attack both regular and Wither skeletons.
Tamed Wolves named using a name tag now display death messages to the owner.
14w18a Collar color now defaults to orange rather than red.
1.9 15w38a All tamed wolves ⃢₀ₓ even unnamed ones ⃢₀ₓ now display death messages to their owner.
15w39a Wolves are slightly taller (0.85 blocks tall rather than 0.8, with babies 0.425 blocks tall rather than 0.4).
15w46a Collar color again defaults to red.
1.10 16w21a Untamed wolves no longer despawn.
1.11 16w32a Changed entity ID from Wolf to wolf.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0 build 1 Added wolves.
build 2 Wolves now have sounds.
build 9 Wolves now have interact buttons at the bottom of the screen to tame and sit them.
0.11.0 build 1 Wolves` collars are now dyeable.
0.12.1 build 11 Tamed wolves now attack target when it was hit with a bow.
0.14.0 build 1 Baby zombie jockeys will now check for nearby adult wolves to mount prior to attacking the player.
0.16.0 build 4 Will now damage player in peaceful difficulty.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added wolves.
TU14 1.04 Tamed wolves have dye-able collars.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Collar color now defaults to orange rather than red.
Baby wolves growth can be accelerated using raw or cooked chicken, raw or cooked porkchop, raw or cooked beef and rotten flesh.


Issues relating to “Wolf”, “Wolves”, or ”Dog“ are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.





    Wolves are initially neutral, but if they are attacked all of the wolves in the immediate area will become aggressive to the attacker. Their eyes will turn red, and they will attack the player who attacked them. If all of the players leave the game in a SMP server then, when they return, all aggressive wolves will be passive again. However, the aggressive texture will remain, and they cannot be tamed.

    A tamed wolf will only attack mobs (except Creepers) that are attacking or were attacked by its owner while wild wolves will naturally attack Sheep, Rabbits, and Skeletons. When a wolf takes damage, it`s tail will be lowered and it will show its current health. Tamed wolves can be right-clicked to alternate them between sitting and standing. When sitting, they will stay in the same place unless their owner is attacked in which case they will instantly teleport to their owner. When standing, they will wander around within a certain range of their owner.

    Taming, Feeding and Breeding

    (See full Taming and Breeding articles here.)

    A player can tame a wolf by right-clicking (PC/Windows10) or holding down the action button (Pocket Edition) while a
    is held in the player`s hand. It could take anywhere from 1 to 6 bones before a wolf becomes tamed. Black Particles will appear each time the player feeds the wolf a bone. When these turn to heart particles, and a red collar appears around the wolf`s neck, it has been tamed. This collar can be re-colored using Dyes. Aggressive Wolves cannot be tamed until they turn back to neutral. Taming a wolf in Pocket Edition can be very difficult, as players risk hitting the wolf and making it aggressive. Be sure to hold the action button down on top of the wolf, instead of "poking" it.

    Wolves can be bred by feeding 2 adult wolves a piece of any type of raw meat (including Rotten Flesh). If the player holds a piece of meat within a certain range of a wolf, it will rotate its head and beg for it, the player can then feed it the meat to engage "Love Mode". Tamed wolves can be fed any type of meat to heal them, and while untamed wolves can be fed, only tamed wolves can be bred.

    Tamed Wolf (Dog)
    Health Points:
    20HP₠(10x )
    Attack Strength:
    4HP₠(2x )
    Drops: Nothing
    Location: Right Clicking a wolf with bones
    Savegame ID: wolf

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    Wolves were introduced in the Beta 1.4 patch, but it was not until 1.1.0 that the breeding mechanic was added, or 1.4 that their collars could be dyed. Wolves existed in TU1 in Console editions and were added to Pocket Edition in 0.9.0.