To really know each other we need to know a little bit of dog history of one another and since we know so much of the history of people from listening you all go on and on, it’s our turn to tell you about our history!
Okay part of knowing dog history includes knowing this. The first scientists disagree about when we were evolved from wolves, yet it was probably as early as 135,000 years ago to as late as 15,000 years ago. People don’t also know how we were either! Although archaeologists and anthropologists agree they humans and dogs came together as a team about 15,000 years ago. This was humans began to abandon their hunter/ gatherer lifestyles to settle for a life of agricultural based communities. When livestock farming came to be dogs became more than just alarm systems. As humans settled more into a certain way of life they needed us (dogs) to assist in hunting and herding. This led to our domestication. We were probably the first animal that was domesticated, and anthropologists believe this led humans to develop control over larger livestock herds. Such as one person and one dog being able to herd more sheep than 10 people and no none of us (dogs).
Scientific Advances/ decendents of Wolves
Since scientific advances cynologists (people that study dogs) have long suspected and confirmed the fact that dogs have descended from wolves. Using DNA testing, they came to the idea that the domestication process could have been started 135,000 years ago. They also came to speculate that dogs and wolves shared a common ancestor, the Tomarctus.
More on Domestication
More people began to use us or mold us for specific needs/ reasons. Such as finding and bringing down game. Slowly these dogs were developed into hounds- some of the oldest dogs in existence. We were further refined into scenthounds, who brought down fast running prey. As people changed what they hunted with i.e. bow and arrows to firearms so did the dogs that joined them in their hunt. Pointers, setters, spaniels, and retrievers were all developed with specific functions to make a hunt successful!
As humans began to domesticate us they selected dogs that would nip and drive livestock in the same way wolves would go after prey but not to carry through to actually kill.
We were also probably among the first animals drafted to pull carts, and sleds.
In America, dogs were the only drafted animals until Europeans arrived here with horses.
Ok, so now that you have a basic understanding of our history we will continue on tomorrow with the ethology of dogs, and go on from there. So please go to the right now and subscribe to our blog for daily automatic updates to be sent directly to your inbox. And please send us your comments and tune in frequently here for upcoming videos and more.
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