200px-Wolf (Wild)
Health Points:
8HP (4x Heart)
Attack Strength:
2HP (1x Heart)
Drops: Nothing But drops 1–3 exp
Location: Forests, Tundra, and Taiga Biomes
First Appearance: Beta 1.4
Network ID: 95
Experience Points: 1-3
Technical Name minecraft:wolf


Aggressive Wolf
200px-Wolf (Aggressive)
Health Points:
8HP (4x Heart)
Attack Strength:
2HP (1x Heart)
Drops: Nothing, But drops 1–7 exp
Location: When a Wolf is attacked
First Appearance: Beta 1.4
Network ID: 95
Technical Name minecraft:wolf


Wolves, commonly known as dogs when tamed, are a type of animal mob that can spawn in the Forest, Ice Plains, and Taiga Biomes.


Wolves are initially neutral, but if they are attacked, all of the wolves in the immediate area will become aggressive towards the attacker. Their eyes will turn red and they will attack the player who attacked them. If all of a players leave the game in an SMP server, at their return, all aggressive wolves will be passive. However, the aggressive texture will remain, so 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, its tail will be lowered, and it will show its current health. Tamed wolves can be right-clicked to make them sit or stand. When sitting, they will stay in the same place unless their owner is attacked in which case they will instantly teleport to the 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 a player's hand. It could take anywhere from 1 to 6 bones before a wolf becomes tamed. Black Particles will appear each time a 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 a player holds a piece of meat within a certain range of a wolf, it will tilt its head and beg for it. A 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)
200px-Wolf (Tamed)
Health Points:
20HP (10x Heart)
Attack Strength:
4HP (2x Heart)
Drops: Nothing
Location: Right Clicking a wolf with bones
Experience Points: Breeding: 1-7
Technical Name minecraft:wolf



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.


  • If a tamed wolf attacks a wild wolf, it will growl at its owner.
  • In previous versions, if a player shot an arrow straight up and hit themselves, a 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 a 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' shape 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.
  • Wolves won't be inflicted with the Status Effect Hunger if they're fed rotten flesh.
  • If you take out a wild wolf in one attack, all other wolves in the nearby area will NOT turn hostile, similar to Zombie Pigmen.


Mobs in Minecraft
Passive Mobs
BatFace Bat OcelotFace Cat ChickenFace Chicken CowFace Cow
HorseHead Horse MooshroomFace Mooshroom OcelotFace Ocelot Parrot
PigFace Pig Big-rabbit-face Rabbit SheepFace Sheep Snowgolemhead Snow Golem
Squidface Squid Villagerhead Villager
Neutral Mobs
EndermanFace Enderman Vg face Iron Golem BetterWolfFace Wolf ZombiePigmanFace Zombie Pigman
Big-llama-face Llama PolarBearFace Polar Bear
Hostile Mobs
Blaze Face Blaze CaveSpiderFace Cave Spider CreeperFace Creeper Enderdragon Face Ender Dragon
EndermiteFace Endermite EvokerFace Evoker GhastFace Ghast HuskFace Husk
Magma Cube Face Magma Cube SilverfishFace Silverfish SkeletonFace Skeleton SlimeFace Slime
SpiderFace Spider Spider SkeletonFace Spider Jockey 50px-WitchFace Witch WitherFace Wither
WitherSkeletonHead Wither Skeleton Spider WitherSkeleton Wither Skeleton Jockey ZombieFace Zombie Shulker Shulker
StrayFace Stray VexFace Vex VindicatorFace Vindicator
Unused/Removed/Unimplemented Mobs
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PigFace Pigmen 150px-Rana Rana Red Dragon 100px-SteveSteve