How dogs began

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  1. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    It is generally considered that domesticated dogs began 14,000-15,000 years ago in East Asia (which is also the region for the beginning of the domestic cats) and developed from wolves. Before that was the Miacis which was a five toed weasel-like tree climbing animal going back 40,000 years from whom sprung the jackal, hyena, fox and wolf.

    It all began, the story goes, when a single wolf sought the warmth of a fire that was lit by a group of Palaeolithic hunters. The wolf bowed his head and lowered his tail made no threatening noises and lay close enough to the hunters to feel the warmth of the fire. As the hunters departed for the hunt the wolf helped flush out the game for them and as a reward the hunters gave the wolf pieces from the kill.

    People in East Asia began breeding dogs for specific traits.

    The Saluki and Basenji are documented in ancient Egypt at least 5000 years ago. Cardigan Corgis were one of the earliest breeds of dogs used for herding and they go back some 3300 years ago and are the oldest surviving breed of dog used specifically for herding

    There are some 340 recognised domestic dog breeds today. The vast majority go back as a breed less than five hundred years ago indeed most were recognised as a breed of dog less than two hundred years ago.

    Despite the very harsh climate they most often live in, the Australian Dingo is the longest living wild dog group and this is reinforced through the several pure breeds of dogs that have Dingo in their makeup and are among the longest lived of all dog breeds especially the Australian Cattle Dog.
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