The first dogs were certainly wolflike, but the phenotypic changes that coincided with the dog—wolf genetic divergence are not known.
In , a study showed that 9, years ago the domestic dog was present at what is now Zhokhov Island , arctic north-eastern Siberia, which was connected to the mainland at that time. The dogs were selectively bred as either sled dogs or as hunting dogs, which implies that a sled dog standard and a hunting dog standard existed at that time.
The same standard has been found in the remains of sled dogs from this region 2, ago and in the modern Siberian Husky breed standard. At death, the heads of the dogs had been carefully separated from their bodies by humans, probably for ceremonial reasons.
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Between 3, and 4, years ago greyhound-type dogs were depicted on pottery and paintings in Egypt and Western Asia. Mastiff-type dogs were kept for guarding and hunting, and short-legged dogs were also bred. Domestic dogs are the most variable of mammals. Strong artificial selection has developed around globally recognized breeds.
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These breeds possess distinct morphological traits including body size, skull shape, tail phenotype , fur colour and fur type. They also possess behavioral traits including herding, guarding, and hunting, in addition to personality traits such as aggression, boldness, or hypersocial behavior. Most of these breeds were developed within the last years using only small numbers of founders. As a result, the large phenotypic variation across dog breeds can be studied through the analysis with only a small number of genetic markers.
Ancient breed of dogs was a term once used for a group of dog breeds by the American Kennel Club,  but no longer. In , a study looked at the microsatellites of purebred dogs representing 85 breeds. The study identified 9 breeds that could be represented on the branches of a phylogenetic tree which grouped together with strong statistical support and could be separated from the other breeds with a modern European origin.
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These 9 breeds had been referred to as "ancient breeds", as opposed to the modern breeds. The study found that the Pharaoh Hound and Ibizan Hound were not as old as believed but had been recreated from combinations of other breeds, and that the Norwegian Elkhound grouped with the other European dogs despite reports of direct Scandinavian origins dating back 5, years. The dog which accompanied the ancestors of Native Americans from Siberia is extinct.
Dog types are broad categories of dogs based on form, function or style of work, lineage, or appearance. In contrast, modern dog breeds are particular breed standards, sharing a common set of heritable characteristics, determined by the kennel club that recognizes the breed. The spread of modern dog breeds has been difficult to resolve because many are the products of the controlled breeding practices of the Victorian era — The study found distinct genetic clusters within modern dogs that largely corresponded to phenotype or function.
These included spitz-breeds, toy dogs, spaniels, Mastiff-like breeds, small terriers, retrievers, herding dogs, scent-hounds, and sight-hounds. Results also indicated that the Basenji had recent admixture with Middle Eastern wolves. The study found that there were three well-supported groups that were highly divergent and distinct from modern domestic dogs.
The three groups were. In , a study looked at 49, single nucleotide polymorphisms that gave a genome -wide coverage of 1, dogs representing 35 breeds, 19 wolves, and previous published genetic signatures of other breeds, giving a total of breeds covered. The study referred to these 16 as Basal breeds, as opposed to ancient breeds, as they exhibited genetic divergence but not all of them were historically considered to be "ancient breeds".
The study found that modern breeds only emerged in the 19th century and that claims of their antiquity are based on little or no historical or empirical evidence. The study indicated that throughout history, global dog populations experienced numerous episodes of diversification and homogenization, with each round further reducing the power of genetic data derived from modern breeds to help infer their early history.
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Of the basal breeds, the American Eskimo Dog and Eurasier were the very recent product of cross-breeding other basal breeds. Most basal breeds have hybridized with other lineages in the past. If those other lineages were other basal breeds then a basal genetic signature remains. The combination of introgression and past population bottlenecks suggested that basal breeds have little or no genetic connections to their ancestral populations and that their genetic distinctiveness does not signify ancient heritage.
They are distinctive from the modern breeds because the genetic heritage of the modern breeds has become blurred due to admixture, and the basal breeds have mostly avoided admixture with them due to geographic or cultural barriers.
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As dogs are a subspecies but their breeds are distinct genetic units, and because only certain breeds share the same type of cancers as humans, the differences in the genes of different breeds may be useful in human medical research. In , a study indicated that some breed-temperaments, such as anxiety or fear, may be linked to gene mutations.
Other temperaments may be due to the legacies of 'ancient' ancestry. Groups of owners that have dogs of the same breed and have an interest in dog breeding can form national Kennel clubs. Kennel Clubs maintain breed standards , record pedigrees in a breed registry or studbook , and issue the rules for conformation dog shows and trials and accreditation of judges.
They often serve as registries , which are lists of adult purebred dogs and lists of litters of puppies born to purebred parents. A dog breed is represented by a sufficient number of individuals to stably transfer its specific characteristics over generations.
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Dogs of same breed have similar characteristics of appearance and behavior, primarily because they come from a select set of ancestors who had the same characteristics. An individual dog is identified as a member of a breed through proof of ancestry, using genetic analysis or written records of ancestry. Without such proof, identification of a specific breed is not reliable.
Kennel clubs provide the recognition of distinct dog breeds, but there are many independent clubs with differing, and sometimes inconsistent standards and they need not apply scientific standards. For instance, the feist is a hunting dog raised in the Southern United States for hunting small game.
Feists have a consistent set of characteristics that reliably differentiate them from other dog types and breeds. A dog is said to be purebred if their parents were purebred and if the dog meets the standards of the breed. Purebred dog breeders of today "have inherited a breeding paradigm that is, at the very least, a bit anachronistic in light of modern genetic knowledge, and that first arose out of a pretty blatant misinterpretation of Darwin and an enthusiasm for social theories that have long been discredited as scientifically insupportable and morally questionable.
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He was first found tied to a railroad crossing sign in Georgia, and taken to an animal shelter in August Moose waited for a family to adopt him, but had no luck. April After getting a second chance at life, his ship finally came in: a man came into the shelter and formed an instant, loving bond with Moose.
The shelter posted the heartbreaking photo of Moose waiting by the hospital bed on Facebook on June 21—and it quickly went viral. Moose eventually went to a New Jersey family, who was one of the first to contact the shelter before the photo blew up—and, it turns out, was grieving just like Moose: their dog of 14 years had recently died. Thank you, Eleventh hour rescue and Donna. It symobilizes a website link url. Email icon An envelope.
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