Why Some Men Have Dogs And Not Wives!

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Quick dog history

There is no argument that in a very early period man made a friend and companion of some sort of early version of our modern dog, and that in return for its companionship, protection and guarding his livestock, the dog loving man gave it a portion of his food, shelter, and grew to trust his loving dog and care for it. Most likely the animal wasn't much more than a gentle jackal, or an injured wolf seperated from its pack seeking shelter in a hostile environment. Another possibility is early hunters bringing home a young pup to be tended and reared by the family. Dogs could have been introduced into their dwellings as playthings who experienced puppy love and would later regard them as family members.

You can find early traces of dog breeds in nearly all parts of the world. The exceptions are the eastern islands of the Malayan Archipelago, the Polynesian Islands, West Indian Islands, Madagascar, and New Zealand where there's no early signs of dogs, wolves or fox. The dogs have remained savages and neglected (not cute dogs) for centuries in the ancient Oriental lands, and generally among the early Mongolians. They remained prowling in packs, gaunt and wolf-like, ...even today stray dogs roam through the streets and under the walls of every Eastern city. No attempts were made to allure the dogs with human companionship or to condition the dogs docility. Under close examination of civilizations of Assyria and Egypt we begin to discover distinct varieties of the canines.

Dog Breeds

The vast differences are dog breeds. The size, build, and appearance make it difficult to believe that they could have had one singler common ancestry. So different are the Mastiff, Japanese Spaniel, Deerhound, Pomeranians, St. Bernards, Miniature Black and Tan Terriers that it is hard to believe that they descended from a common progenitor. ...And yet all dog breeders know how easy it is to 'mixup' the variety in type and size by mating selection.

To gain further understanding how the variations are possible, lets consider the basic skeletonal structure of the wolf and the dog. ...They so closely resemble each other that they could easily be confused.

The spine of a dog consists of seven vertebrae in the neck, thirteen vertebrae in the back, seven vertebrae in the loins, three sacral vertebrae, and you will find anywhere from twenty to twenty two in the tail. Both the dog and the wolf have thirteen pairs of ribs. Dogs and wolves both have forty two teeth. They also have five front toes and four hind toes.

Both wolves and dogs have simular habits. The wolf's natural sound is a howl, but when the wolves are confined with dogs the wolves learn to bark. Although wolves are carnivorous, they will also eat vegetables and will eat grass when sick. When Wolves are in a chase, the pack will divide into parts, one part will follow the prey, the other part of the pack will attempt to intercept. This is a strategy exhibited by sporting dogs and terriers when they are hunting in teams.

Another resemblance between the Canis lupus and the Canis familiaris is the period of gestation in both species which is sixty-three days. You will find anywhere from three to nine babies in a wolf's litter, and they will be blind for twenty one days. They nurse for two months and they are able to eat small solids.

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