The History of Dogs

The History of Dogs

Curiosities to learn. The History of Dogs

As they say, the dog descends from the gray wolf species. The first verifiable relationship between man and wolf is from 10,000 to 15,000 years ago.

We do not know if the man came to the wolf or the other way around. Anyway, both took advantage of the situation: the man used the wolf, guarding the cattle, and as a guard against enemies. In return, the man fed him. Wolves are very social. They live in a group like a man (the so-called herd), in a hierarchy with leaders at the head. The hierarchical relationships that exist according to nature facilitate having an animal as a pet. With the leading man, in this relationship.

In the middle ages, the dog became a symbol of social status. It gave a certain prestige to man. Since then, the variety of dog breeds began to grow. This is how we get to today's dog.

Currently, there are dogs in all classes and sizes. There are more than four hundred breeds of dogs. All continue to belong to the same species, which means that all races can reproduce among themselves by producing fertile offspring.

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How Many Breeds of Dogs Are There? The World Canine Organization is best known by its French title Fédération Cynologique Internationale which is abbreviated FCI. It is the largest registry of dog breeds that are internationally accepted. At the time of this writing, the FCI recognizes 339 breeds of dogs which are divided into 10 groups based upon the dog’s purpose or function or upon its appearance or size. The 10 groups are:

1.-Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs are other than Swiss Cattle Dogs (this group includes most of the dogs found classified as "herding dogs" by other kennel clubs).
2.-Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and Other Breeds (the Molossian breeds include the dogs known as the mastiffs by most other kennel clubs)
5.-Spitz and Primitive Types
6.-Scenthounds and Related Breeds
7.-Pointers and Setters
8.-Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
9.-Companion and Toy Dogs

Remember that officially recognized breeds are no more than dog crossings that have been maintained over time due to the purpose to which the man aspired: a perfect dog to care for livestock (dogs like the German Shepherd were recognized as Belgian or the Collie), a perfect dog to hunt (dogs were recognized as the Pointer), a perfect dog to kill the mice and vermin in the garden (it was recognized as aces the Teckel).

That there is so much variety of races, we owe it to the human being, who in his search to find the dog that he considered perfect, crossed artificially the crosses that interested him most.

We can estimate the number of different dog breeds in the world, but we will always be accepting that its real number is probably greater than we think, warns researcher Stanley Coren, of the University of Vancouver (Canada), one of the world's leading experts on dogs.

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The United States celebrates National Dog Day on August 26, as an opportunity to promote the defense and care of animals

As part of the celebrations for National Dog Day, numerous organizations in favor of animals carry out activities and days of adoption in the United States. These activities are also an opportunity to reflect on the importance of animal rights and proper care for pets.

National Dog Day was created by the National Dog Day Foundation and is held every August 26th in honor of the work of our canine friends in society. Dogs play an important role in our lives, performing as faithful companions and even in joint work with the police, with fire brigades during rescue work and helping people with disabilities.

In the United States, thousands of citizens and personalities of politics and entertainment take advantage of the date to share with their pets.

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