It took a long time to domesticate the dog, and it didn’t just happen overnight. Dogs are a man’s best friend, have evolved from wolves, and then were domesticated. We know dogs as loving and caring animals, but many hears ago they weren’t. The dog is a carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The dog is descended from the wolf.
Title: Origin of Dog Domestication: How Dogs Evolved to Become Man’s Best Friend Background and rationale: Dogs as a man’s best friend has been a prevalent view point among modern day humans, and some even accept it as fact. However, the genetics behind what makes dogs so compatible with mankind, and the history of domestication are not well known to most. The time of divergence, and geographic origin of dog domestication has been greatly debated, though many firmly believe they are of Asian origin (research article). Many researchers have studied the effects of breeding programs on genetics (pure breed), however the genetics behind initial domestication of dogs from wild wolves has not been well studied. The three following publications focus on these areas, and most show similar findings.
They are furry friends you can trudge through the snow with you when your friends are sick. They are hamburger snatchers that leave you the bun while they walk off with the meat. They can be your alarm system letting you know someone’s on the property that’s not supposed to be there. Dogs have instincts that sense when bad weather is coming, and they let you know about it. Artist found all this out and showed it in their portraits.
Some other people buy purebred dogs because they want to show their identity. Moreover, there are also some people seize this opportunity to breed purebred and sell in order to make money. Breeding purebred is not wrong, but some people inbreed purebred dogs results purebred dogs suffer serious genetic disease. This is the problem. Perhaps, many ... ... middle of paper ... ...lacing dogs in lasting homes.
They can herd by themselves and where once put out with the herd for months at a time where the rancher left some food, but basically left the dog to fend for himself. If necessary the dog would even fight wild animals. These dogs would bring the herd back to the ranch during the spring months. They are gentle and fearless ... ... middle of paper ... ...wonder these dogs are recognized as the best known working dogs in the world. The numerous kinds of herding dogs are all hard working and responsive.
Although dogs are currently viewed primarily as pets, they have not always been viewed this way and have had an evolution of their own. To fully understand dogs, one must take a look at where dogs came from and how they have evolved. Dogs are a subspecies of the gray wolf. Dogs have inherited many behaviors from the wolf ancestors they have evolved from, which make up a great part of who they as dogs are. Wolves, however remain more wild than dogs with tendencies such as dieting on "ungulates, or large hoofed mammals, like elk, deer, moose and caribou.
Traditionally, humans acquired canines to serve functional purposes (Marston & Bennett, 2003). We have been able to document a relationship between humans and dogs as far back as twelve thousand years. As our ancestors began to become less nomadic, they settled down and started forming small communities where they learned to grow crops and raise livestock (Horowitz, 2009). These settled communities were sufficiently stable and it wasn’t long before wild animals began noticing that they produced a large amount of waste. Wolves are scavengers as well as hunters and may have been some of the first animals to discover this squander treasure (Horowitz, 2009).
Wolves are clever hunters and gatherers, especially the gray wolf. No speci... ... middle of paper ... ...nd cooperating with each other while hunting, but there’s even more, like having mostly monogamous relationships yet still sharing food and providing parental care for everyone (Schleidt/Shalter, 2003), not unlike a Full House-esque blended family. Contrary to popular belief, this is where we get our similar mannerisms, not the other way around; we learned from dogs. Think about that the next time you try to get Fido to roll over or sit. Using popular belief, you would probably think that dogs have been our companions for thousands and thousands of years.
They are said to have ‘lock jaw’ and other crazy stereotypes. There are many myths to the pit bull and some though seem real are also false. Yes pit bulls have atta... ... middle of paper ... ...many problems out there for all breeds of dogs. Like stated earlier in the argument, owning a pit bull may not be someone’s first choice but for others it is. It is all a matter of opinion, if a responsible pet owner wants to own a pit from the time it is a puppy then I don’t see the harm.
They have a big job to do and it’s definitely not easy. The ultimate goal for all shelter dogs is to get adopted, and eventually find a home. Some amazing dogs have done more than that. They are stories where people say shelter dogs make the best pets. I have read some amazing stories like shelter dogs that have saved lives, and even have became bomb sniffing dogs.