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"Such responsibility weighs heavily on me."
— The Wild Pack Alpha speaks about his role in Darkness Falls, page 249

Alpha is the highest rank in pack hierarchy.[1]

Background

For any dog, being Alpha is a responsibility. They must keep the Pack in order and make sure that they all follow the Law of Dogs.[2] The Alpha is in partnership with a Beta, who fights for the role.[2] According to the Law of Dogs, the Alpha is allowed to eat first before other dogs.[2]
If any dog deliberately disobeys their leader, the Alpha has the right to punish them, including attacking,[2] scarring,[2] banishing,[2] demoting,[2] and/or taking away the offending dog's right to eat.[2]

Notable Alphas

The following are all alphas who have occupied this role.

Duties

The following are duties that must be performed by the Alpha and are exclusive to that rank:
  • Keeping the Pack together.[2]
  • Keeping the Pack safe.[2]
  • Making important decisions.[2]

History

In the Original Series

The Empty City

When Lucky encounters the Leashed Pack for the first time, he notices that his sister Bella was leading the dogs as some sort of leader. Although he is a mentor for the Leashed Dogs, teaching them how to survive in the wild for most of the book, Bella warns him of her rank when he insists they not enter the Dog Garden, where the Fierce Dogs lived.
She snarls at him that she was now the Alpha of the Pack, and he should listen as she commands. Lucky tells her that she had no dog-spirit, which she retorts that he pretended he knew everything. The litter-mates are circling each other, avoiding the whimpers from Alfie and Daisy. She yelps that she ordered him to come with them, which he says she wasn't his Alpha. She points out how she was the Alpha, and he replies coolly that she was welcomed to it, scratching his ear with a casual attitude. She, Alfie, and Daisy leave him as they go to eat the kibble.


A Hidden Enemy

Coming Soon

The Broken Path

In the prologue, when Squeak and Yap are wrestling, Squeak tells yap that she is his Alpha. Yap protests that she is not his Alpha, but he is hers.



References and Citations

  1. Revealed by the Pack Lists of Moon's Choice to A Pack Divided.
  2. Citation Needed
  3. Revealed in A Hidden Enemy Pack List
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Storm of Dogs Pack List
  5. Revealed in A Hidden Enemy, chapter seventeen
  6. Revealed in Moon's Choice, page 59
  7. Revealed in Darkness Falls Pack List
  8. Revealed in The Broken Path, page 111
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Alpha's Tale Pack List
  10. Revealed in Sweet's Journey Pack List
  11. Revealed in Moon's Choice Pack List

See Also

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