Dogs Descended from Ancient Wolves? New Research Says It’s Possible

Wolf Behavior Has Become Dog Behavior

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Are you curious where your beloved dogs are from? New research released today indicates dogs are likely descended from ancient wolves.

Science, a leading journal of scientific research, discovered that after testing the DNA of 18 ancient wolves and dogs, our dogs started its domestication in Ice Age Europe, which would be around 32,000 years ago, perhaps earlier. These ancient European wolves are now extinct but they began coexisting alongside humans when humans were leading nomadic existences, hunting huge mammoths and other creatures, and these wolves began eating scraps of meat left behind by us. This is possibly how the hunter-gatherer relationship began between man and wolf.

From Ice Age Europe, wolves moved to the Old World and then to the Americas. Tracing the evolution of our best friend has been an arduous journey because wolf DNA is similar to the canine, not to mention there has been inbreeding between wolves and dogs but the sophistication of genetic testing has given us at least an estimation of our dogs’ beginnings.

Which Breed Is the Right One for You and Your Family?

There are so many breeds of dogs that it can be difficult to choose one that will fit in with your family.

First, you need to determine which size dog you want: toy, small, medium, large, or extra large.

Second, you need to determine the energy level of your family so your dog can keep up with you (and vice versa!). This is important, but no matter your energy level, your dog needs to be walked daily and get plenty of exercise.

Third, you need to determine how much time you can play with your dog on a daily basis. Dogs are social creatures so they need lots of attention from their humans.

Fourth, you need to be aware of your own level of affection. If you are not a huggy or cuddly type of person, you want a dog that won’t require so much affection from you and can be fine off somewhere by itself.

Fifth, if you have other pets, care needs to be taken in this situation. Some breeds can be territorial and if you have another dog, it needs to be friendly.

Additionally, you can decide if you want to train your dog to get along with your family, or if you want a dog that is already trained but can still learn some new tricks. If you pick a shelter dog (which this writer hopes you do!), that dog may have behavioral problems and most likely have been abused, neglected or abandoned. If you choose a shelter dog, you must be patient.

Whether you live in an apartment or a home, you need to decide whether you want a protective dog or a strict watchdog.

Just as grooming is important for humans, so it is for dogs. Before getting your dog, determine how much you can pay for your pet’s grooming costs. Some breeds are more hairy than others and those dogs need to be groomed more often.

Lastly, depending on the climate where you live, it’s important to choose a dog that will be amenable to that climate. If he’s hairy and you live in a warm climate, it will not be a good combination.  Dogs with short hair will fare better in warm climes.

By Juana Poareo

 

Los Angeles Times

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