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Evolution Of The Modern Dog

By Vincent Summer

Before there were dogs, there were untamed wolves roaming prehistoric forests. These wolves were the first domesticated animals. Early humans would bring them home and use them for companionship and protection. In the event of a wild bear or any other large animal attacking, wolves would protect their human masters from danger. Ancient Egyptians, in specific, bred hunting dogs that would eventually be known as Salukis. Dalmatians and Greyhounds are other examples of ancient dog breeds still popular as of the present day.

Dogs have been of service to humans for centuries, and continue to be helpful. Farmers have relied on dogs to herd their livestock, pull heavy loads and protect their owners’ valued possessions and the owner himself or herself. In the olden Greek times, there have even been lap dogs, bred in order to keep ladies’ stomachs nice and warm. Also, bulldogs with especially short noses and big jaws were bred in order to hang onto bulls’ throats, while still being able to breathe. Blind people can request seeing eye dogs to help guide them while walking around. The law has a good use for dogs – bloodhounds, in particular, can smell drugs or explosives from quite a distance.

Certain dogs, like the Chihuahua and the Poodle, have totally different appearances than their wolf ancestors. There is still a shade of the wolf look in such breeds like the Siberian Husky and German Shepherd. Dog breeds are very plentiful, and can either be classified as short haired (i.e. chihuahua) or long haired dogs (i.e. Cocker Spaniel). Dogs can even be grouped based on where they would like to be based in – whether city dog (i.e. Beagles or Chihuahuas) or country dog (i.e. Setters and Collies). Standing around three feet tall, Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds are the tallest dogs. Many believe they are best suited for large backyards to make the most out of their size and their tendency to be active.

A third of American families own dogs, according to a recent survey. When it comes to a dog’s life expectancy, this usually ranges from eight years to fifteen years. Interesting fact – a one-year-old dog is basically on the same level of physical maturity as a human teenager. Dogs aren’t too perceptive in detecting colors, and can be categorized as color blind. But in a dimly lit area, a dog can see much better than a human. Dogs are also better – much better – in smelling things. They can smell things about a million times better than human beings.

Dogs have been around for millions of years and continue to serve their greatest purpose in our lives – as man’s best friend. Your dog will appreciate it if you openly show how much you value them as companions and then some in our daily lives.

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