Dogs have been man’s best friend for as long as we can remember. Our fearless protectors, but more commonly, great snugglers. We’ve always wondered, when did dogs become so domesticated? We decided to answer some long wondered questions about our four-legged family members.
Wolves as Pets
It’s said that dogs became our best friends almost 30,000 years ago. Swedish geneticist Pontus Skoglund found a Siberian wolf bone, which was dated back 35,000 years. The theory is, dog’s domestication began while humans were hunters and gatherers. After many years, wolves paws became smaller, their ears began to flop over, and their behavior became more docile. Dogs have changed in size, shape, and color. All becoming lovable animals we open our doors to.
While we look at our goofy dogs, it’s hard to imagine they came from the fierce wolf, but it’s true. Some of the first dog breeds still appear today. Some of the most ancient dog breeds are:
The shar-pei originated in China, and are well known for their wrinkly skin. They were often used on farms to guard crops and catch small rodents. They were believed to ward off evil spirits.
Similar to the shar-pei, these dogs originated from China. They were excellent guard dogs. Chows are well known because of their dark pigmented tongues.
These huge dogs originally came from Japan. In ancient times they were used as guard dogs, and they are also skilled hunters. Rumor has it, they were able to take down bears.
The original sled dogs. They are well known for their stamina and endurance. Ancient inuit tribes used them to haul heavy cargo long distances in snow.
Possibly one of the most popular small dog breeds today, the shih tzu was considered a treasured breed in ancient China. Did you know, shih tzu translates to Lion Dog?
One of the most recognized breeds today, the Siberian husky was possibly one of the first domesticated breeds. Hailing from Siberia, these dogs have 2 coats to keep them warm. Like the Alaskan Malamute, they were also used as sled dogs.
Did your dog make the list?
While the history of dogs is pretty interesting, we’re happy to have our docile pups cuddled up with us after a long day. Not sure what we’d do with a pet wolf. No matter how ancient, or recent your breed is, don’t forget they all need care. Easily make an appointment today, by visiting our website. Or you can always call us at 602-559-9600.