“Ever consider what our dogs must think of us?,“
I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth.”
When Were Dogs Domesticated?
Where Were Dogs Domesticated?
When and How Did Wolves Become Dogs?
Evolution of Dog Breeds and Their Places of Origin
Evolution of the Dog-Human Bond
How Did Dogs Become Pets?
Military, Working, and War Dogs
Early Dogs in Europe
Goyet Cave, Belgium - 31,700 years ago
“the Paleolithic dogs had wider and shorter snouts and relatively wider braincases than fossil and recent wolves.”(3)
Chauvet Cave, France - 26,000 years ago
Bonn-Oberkassel, Germany - 14,000 years ago
Early Dogs in Asia
Razboinichya Cave, Siberia - 33,000 years ago
Yangtze River, South China - 5,400 to 16,300 years ago
Dog Domestication in the Ancient World
Dogs in America
Dogs in Europe
Dogs in Egypt
Dogs in China
Facial Muscle Anatomy
- Dogs tend to be more affectionate than wolves. This contributes to building a dog-human bond.
- Dogs have fewer predatory tendencies than wolves. Domestication would be more difficult if canines wanted to eat their masters or other animals in the village.
- Dog genetic adaptations allow them to have a starch-rich diet. This allowed dogs to eat foods that humans were growing as well as hunting.
- Dogs reach sexual maturity earlier than wolves and have greater fertility.
- Dogs mark territory and sound alarm barks more frequently than wolves. As humans and dogs settled in one place, these behaviors made canines useful guard animals.
- Dogs accept strangers more readily than wolves. This allowed dogs to accept humans and other animals in the village.
- Dogs bond easily with humans while wolves bond best with other wolves.
Phase One: Social Tolerance
Phase Two: Social Attentiveness
Phase Three: Domestication
The Role of Skull Anatomy
The Role of Facial Muscles
Chips, a German Shepherd/Alaskan Husky/Collie mix
Nemo, a German Shepherd
Cairo, a Belgian Malinois
- Patrol and guard dogs
- Couriers and scouts
- Morale boosters
- Rat catchers
- Helping to lay communication lines
- Carrying mines under enemy tanks
- Paratroopers/airborne dogs
- Explosive detection
- Serving on special operations assault teams
An Enduring Relationship
“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.”