Comparing this to a sabre is a joke. I tamed both 150 sabre and wolf at the same time and my wolf can take on so much more and surprisingly enough I find the wolf more tanky even though it has no saddle and the melee is just so much better. As well as its so much easier to tame in the first place, half the time the sabretooth dies trying to tranq it.
Make a little trap carry with argy ( it can still attack your argy so give it high health ) then drop in a trap.
No need to worry about the pack just pick the leader or the one you want.
Once you have three you get a pack bonus and a leader bonus for highest level wolf