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Biology Guide
Wolf Biology Guide
Collected on this page you will find an array of knowledge and information about how wolves are structured, grow, and mature. Whether you have a new pup, or are joining with a full grown adult, this guide will help you to make sure you are adhering to the guidelines of Doutaini.
Anatomy & Body Type

Basic Wolf Anatomy

On this page you will find an array of helpful links and explanations in regards to basic Wolf Anatomy, as well as the Body Type Structures that all characters on Doutaini are based off of. If you are just creating a character and are unsure of what height, weight or build they should be, please see the "Body Type" section of this page.

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Body Types

The following are the known body types that are used on Doutaini. This information goes into your profile when first joining, and will serve as your statistics during fights.

    1. Endomorph
    2. Mesomorph
    3. Meso-runner
    4. Meso-fighter
    5. Ectomorph

Each individual body type has a set maximum/minimum Height and Weight limit for fairness. Please note that these figures are not estimates. The maximum height/weight for each body type is considered the outlier, not an average. Heights are considered to be at the shoulder. As you can see, each body type is aptly separated and named by the build of each wolf. For example, if your wolf was tall and lean, they would be considered an Ectomorph. If they were of medium height but inclined to have muscle mass, they would be considered a Meso-fighter.

Each body type affects sparring, hunting, and running in different ways. Keep in mind that your wolf can always train to be better at certain physical abilities, but they are prone to risks inherent to their specific body type. Your character can train to increase their speed and jump height. Training must be repeated regularly for these bonuses to remain valid in spars and other threads.

Endomorph Wolves

Male: 120 - 140 lbs. 32 inches - 38 inches tall
Female: 110 - 135 lbs. 30 inches - 36 inches tall
Advantages:
Raw power
Large lung capacity
Harder to manipulate physically
Better balance
Disadvantages:
Decreased maneuverability
Lessened endurance
Muscle injuries in spars are common
Untrained Jump Height: 8 feet max.
Trained Jump Height: 12 feet max.
Untrained Running Speed: 25 mph, slow take off.
Trained Running Speed: 30 mph, slow take off.

Lifetime Health Risks: Patellar luxation (rear legs), Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Cardiomyopathy, Gastric torsion, Entropian, Ectropian, Osteosarcoma, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Cataracts.

Mesomorph Wolves are split into Types depending upon their weight and build.

Mesomorph Wolf

Male: 110 - 125 lbs. 29 inches - 35 inches tall
Female: 100 - 115 lbs. 27 inches - 33 inches tall
Advantages:
Moderate strength
Moderate agility
Moderate speed
Disadvantages:
Weaker than endomorph
Slower than ectomorph
Prone to overexertion
Prone to muscular and skeletal injuries
Untrained Jump Height: 9 feet max.
Trained Jump Height: 11 feet max.
Untrained Running Speed: 30 mph, moderate take off.
Trained Running Speed: 35 mph, moderate take off.

Lifetime Health Risks: Hip dysplasia, Lymphatic cancer, Blood cancer, Cataracts, Eczema, Elbow dysplasia Bladder stones, Kidney stones, Urinary tract infections, Bronchitis, Epilepsy.

Meso-Runner Wolf

Male: 100 - 120 lbs. 29 inches - 35 inches tall
Female: 90 - 110 lbs. 27 inches - 33 inches tall
Advantages:
Moderate strength
Increased agility and speed with training
Disadvantages:
Weaker than endomorph
Slower than ectomorph
Prone to overexertion
Prone to muscular and skeletal injuries
Untrained Jump Height: 9 feet max.
Trained Jump Height: 11 feet max.
Untrained Running Speed: 35 mph, fast take off.
Trained Running Speed: 40 mph, fast take off.

Lifetime Health Risks: Hip dysplasia, Lymphatic cancer, Blood cancer, Cataracts, Eczema, Elbow dysplasia, Bladder stones, Kidney stones, Urinary tract infections, Bronchitis, Epilepsy.

Meso-Fighter Wolf

Male: 115 - 130 lbs. 29 inches - 35 inches tall
Female: 105 - 120 lbs. 27 inches - 33 inches tall
Advantages:
Moderate agility and speed
Increased strength with training
Disadvantages:
Weaker than endomorph
Slower than ectomorph
Prone to overexertion
Prone to muscular and skeletal injuries
Untrained Jump Height: 9 feet max.
Trained Jump Height: 11 feet max.
Untrained Running Speed: 25 mph, moderate take off.
Trained Running Speed: 30 mph, moderate take off.

Lifetime Health Risks: Hip dysplasia, Lymphatic cancer, Blood cancer, Cataracts, Eczema, Elbow dysplasia, Bladder stones, Kidney stones, Urinary tract infections, Bronchitis, Epilepsy.

Ectomorph Wolves

Male: 90 - 110 lbs. 36 inches - 42 inches tall
Female: 80 - 100 lbs. 34 inches - 40 inches tall
Advantages:
Good endurance
Notable speed
Amplified maneuverability
Disadvantages:
Lacking raw strength
Bone injuries common in spars
Difficulty building muscle mass
Easier to physically manipulate
Untrained Jump Height: 10 feet max.
Trained Jump Height: 12 feet max.
Untrained Running Speed: 30 mph, fast take off.
Trained Running Speed: 35 mph, fast take off.

Lifetime Health Risks: Kidney disease, Pemphigus, Hypothyroidism, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Toe injuries, Muscle tears, Shoulder fractures, Osteosarcoma, Chronic inflammation of the cornea, Hypertension.

Growth & Development

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2.5 Weeks Pregnant

» IRL Days from date of Conception: 8
At around two and a half weeks the stomach begins to bulge. This is the first sign of pregnancy. There are slight indications of weight gain.

3 Weeks

» IRL Days from date of Conception: 10
The next week can show further symptoms of pregnancy in the form of vomiting or aversion to food, lasting a few days.

4 Weeks

Week four brings an increased appetite for the mother as she must consume more food to support herself and the growing pups.

4.5 Weeks

» IRL Days from date of Conception: 15
At this point the mother's personality shifts slightly in reaction to the large amounts of hormones. She may become broody and affectionate, or more emotional and irritable.

5.5 Weeks

» IRL Days from date of Conception: 18
After around five and a half weeks the stomach is noticeably larger and it will start being more difficult to move around. Also at this time the teats begin to darken and mammary glands swell.

6.5 Weeks

» IRL Days from date of Conception: 21
Mid-way through week six or so, there is a decline in the level of activity as the mother begins to sleep more often and rest during most of the day.

7.5 Weeks

» IRL Days from date of Conception: 24
In the last few weeks, the mother will look for a place to deliver her litter and will begin nesting. This means she will actively seek out a place to birth the pups and prepare it for labor, making it comfortable and free from unnecessary debris.

8 Weeks

» IRL Days from date of Conception: 26
During week eight the mother may have a decrease in appetite in the last few days before giving birth, so may reduce the amount of food she eats. In the last 24 hours, it is common for her to stop eating altogether, getting restless and anxious before the birth.

8-9 Weeks

» IRL Days from date of Conception: 27-29
The pups are born between eight and nine weeks. Labour can take between 3 and 24 hours, with puppies born 20-30 minutes apart and contractions during this time. The mother then bites through the sacs and umbilical cords, and cleans them. It is healthy for the pups to whimper or cry, as this indicates strong and healthy lungs.

9.5 Weeks

» IRL Days from date of Conception: 30+
Any birth taking place much later than 9 weeks is late, and usually fatal after nine and a half weeks. This can be dangerous for the mother as well as the pups.

Miscarriage

» Miscarriages occur early on in the pregnancy (before 2 OOC weeks) and you are able to decide the extent of the miscarriage. The miscarriage can happen entirely in-utero where the female reabsorbs the fetus(es) with no external symptoms, she can expel a partially developed fetus, or you can allow 1 OOC week to pass and the miscarriage will happen by divine magic. If your character's roll resulted in a miscarriage, you must wait a minimum of 24 hours for the miscarriage to take place. After 1 OOC week, your miscarriage will default and automatically occur. There is then a minimum recovery time of 1 OOC week after the date of the miscarriage before you can successfully try to have another litter.

Stillborn

» Stillborn occur later on in the pregnancy (after 3 OOC weeks) and you are able to decide the extent the stillborn play. It is up to you whether you would like to role-play it as your character giving birth to a stillborn pup(s) or simply subtracting the number of stillborn from your litter count and playing it as they were never developed.

Age 1 Month

» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 2
» Height: 8 - 11 inches
» Weight: 3 - 10 pounds

For the first few weeks of their life puppies cannot hear or see. At 13 IC days their eyes open, followed by milk teeth in the coming week. At the end of 1 IC month, pups start exploring the den and surrounding land.

{Roleplaying at this age should be restricted to birthing thread, threads with siblings in the den, and/or on short trips with a parent/guardian. Pups are vulnerable to the elements, predators, and other wolves at this age.}

Age 2 Month

» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 4
» Height: 14 - 18 inches
» Weight: 15 - 22 pounds

During the second month of life, puppies begin to eat meat. They also begin to explore farther and farther from the den - with adult supervision - sometimes traveling up to a mile out. Toward the end of 2 IC months they are weaned, and mothers are more comfortable introducing them to the pack.

{By this time, pups can safely be roleplayed anywhere within their home territory. Parents may want to keep an eye on them still, as other wolves and predators pose a greater threat to small pups. Traveling too far can be tiring.}

Age 3 Month

» In Seasons: 1 Season
» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 6
» Height: 18 - 20 inches
» Weight: 20 - 30 pounds

An exciting time for puppies! Being larger, they now become more involved with the pack; mainly just watching hunts. But some could start training for their future careers. They are bigger and can travel further by themselves, though other predators and wolves can still be a threat.

{Now puppies can be found all around Doutaini, exploring their homeland or territories beyond! Other wolves can still be a threat, so be sure and tell your parents where you're going!}

Age 4 Month

» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 8
» Height: 20 - 21 inches
» Weight: 25 - 45 pounds

A period of rapid growth. For the first time, puppy milk teeth will begin to fall out during play or when the pups eat food. Puppy hair also begins to shed. Soon adult teeth will begin to grow in. This is also the time when pups begin to compete with one another - and everyone else in the pack - while they settle into their own personalities and ranks.

{Now about 1/4 the size of an adult wolf, at this age pups can be roleplayed almost like adults, with just a few size and strength restrictions here and there as they grow and mature. They are less likely to be bothered by predators and may be able to hold their own against some opponents.}

Age 5 Month

» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 10
» Height: 22 - 26 inches
» Weight: 30 - 55 pounds

As puppies continue to lose teeth and grow in height and weight, their adult coat begins to come in. Depending on what season the pup was born, either a summer or winter coat will begin to grow in.

{While wolves are growing and maturing, this is a great time to play out their awkward, gawky stage! Growing pups can have difficulty with distance and balance, making them rather funny to watch.}

Age 6 Month

» In Seasons: 2 Seasons
» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 12
» Height: 23 - 29 inches
» Weight: 40 - 80 pounds

Pups are now half way to their first year of life. As they have grown, some youngsters may even match adults in size. Now is also when they begin to learn a trade from older wolves of the pack.

{Get your pups active! Now with their growing bodies and new longer limbs they can make perfect students or apprentices! Or they could begin sharpening their fighting skills with one another or a teacher.}

Age 7 Month

» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 14
» Height: 24 - 32 inches
» Weight: 40 - 80 pounds

Growth slows as they near their adult height. Now the young of the pack are encouraged to engage with the other adults in activities. Mostly these errands involve traveling or patrolling or even furthering their studies. They can travel greater distances, and hold their own in a fight.

{Besides rank restrictions, and size differences, there is little separating these wolves from adults in terms of roleplaying. They may be outmatched in size, but adult teeth are fully cemented.}

Age 8 Month

» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 16
» Height: 25 - 35 inches
» Weight: 40 - 80 pounds

Strong and fit, young wolves are finally of the age where they are included in all aspects of pack life. They can perform patrols, fight if they know how, and are helpful in hunts.

{Adults in small packages. The only thing separating these guys from adults now in terms of roleplay, is rank restrictions. But this valuable time can be spent fine tuning skills and practicing.}

Age 9 Month

» In Seasons: 3 Seasons
» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 18
» Height: 26 - 37 inches
» Weight: 50 - 80 pounds

Now through the biggest trials of being young, pups at this age hardly look like pups. They are in full coat now, and may have even shed seasonally already. Their teeth are in, and all that's left is bone growth and mass.

{Pups are now almost on par with their adult counterparts, however, that doesn't mean they are mentally there. At this age, there is plenty of immaturity to go around, and much learning still to be done.}

Age 10 Month

» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 20
» Height: 27 - 39 inches
» Weight: 60 - 90 pounds

With nothing left to do but grow taller and wider, muscles toning and bones growing, wolf pups at this age can focus on finding out what they want to be when they grow up. Their year birthday is just around the corner.

{Enjoy being young while it lasts! Pups and youths can have their own drama with puppy love and mischief, but the time for that is quickly running out now!}

Age 11 Month

» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 22
» Height: 28 - 41 inches
» Weight: 70 - 100 pounds

More than three seasons have passed, and now the pup finds himself staring down his first year. By now adult teeth are in, as is the adult coat, and growth is slowing to a crawl. Better get ready though, because in another few months this pup becomes a yearling!

{Congratulations! You've made it through puppy 'high school' and are now ready to turn one! This is your last season without care, without worries, to play beneath the starlight and enjoy a life without responsibility!}

Age 12 Months; Yearling (1 Year)


Adult & Yearling

16 Month Wolf
» In Seasons: 4
» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 24
» In IC Months: 12
» Height & Weight: See Anatomy & Body Type

Closing of the Epiphyseal cartilage marks the end of skeletal growth, meaning the wolf's adult height is set. When standing beside a full grown wolf there is very little difference. All that's left in many cases is for the yearling to fill out; grow more muscle mass.

Socially one step closer to full adulthood, yearlings are now able to earn an achiever's rank (scout, hunter, etc.). Many yearlings lack maturity, and mood swings are very common, as are streaks of rebellion though it varies.

Sexually though, they will have to wait another year.

{You now have a year old wolf! They can have a rank, go wherever they please, and are self-reliant. At this point adult height should be set in your profile, but feel free to have adult weight fluctuate as it would naturally.}

Young Adulthood (2 Years)

» In Seasons: 8
» IRL Weeks from Birthday: 48
» In IC Months: 24
» Height & Weight: See Anatomy & Body Type

Two years have gone past, and now the yearling is a full fledged adult. A full coat sheds with the seasons, and while the height has not changed for a year, weight has finally settled into the adult range.

Besides physical maturity, the adult wolf will probably now begin to grow mentally as well, adopting a more mature personality. At this age, wolves are also sexually active; the can produce litters.

Adult wolves can earn any rank now! They can strive for alpha position, or live a content life as a supporting council member or a worker. You may also challenge, and claim for packs.

{You now have an adult wolf! The world is your oyster! Good luck!}

Prime Adulthood (3-6 Years)

»In Seasons: 12 - 24
» In IC Months: 36 - 72

From ages 3 to 6 are considered to be a wolf's 'Prime' years. They are at peak physical condition, and more than ready to tackle rank and other responsibilities. These are strong, fit, and capable individuals who are mature in every way. They are devoid of illness and for the most part, there are no signs of aging.

Older Adulthood (7-8 Years)

» In Seasons: 28 - 32
» In IC Months: 84 - 96

As the prime of life passes, wolves enter into their older years of adulthood. Though not washed out by any means, wolves at this age may not be able to handle all the stress and responsibilities they used to. Some may even begin looking to pass their knowledge or position down to the next generation.

At 8 years a wolf can no longer parent a litter. Males can't breed successfully, and females can't become pregnant.

{At this time, physical ailments should begin to affect your wolf. Please review the lifetime health risks associated with your characters body type as listed above. While it is not mandatory to play out these issues, for realism it is highly encouraged.}

Elder (9 & 10 Years)

»In Seasons: 36 - 40
» In IC Months: 108 - 120

Aging is rarely a graceful process for any wolf. It involves yellowing teeth, the thinning and fading of fur (especially on the face/legs), decreasing mobility and health, fatigue, weakness, balding in some areas, loss of sight and/or hearing, development of liver-spots and age-spots, and the development of some diseases.

By 9 years the wolf should be showing signs of lifetime health risks that increasingly worsen up to the wolf's death.

By 10 years the sun has set on this wolf's life, and they will join their brethren among the stars.