The history of dogs and man`s association with them goes back for thousands of years.
In return for protecting him from wild animals and the protection of his livestock man would give the dog food and shelter. It is easy to imagine that a dog that settled with its human owner would also be a good companion for children and other members of the family.
The only areas of the world where dogs have did not appear to become companions of humans is in the Oriental areas of the world. Here dogs remained untamed and roamed in packs for hundreds of years. No real attempt appears to have been made to domesticate it or encourage it to become a companion to man.
There is an amazing number of different breeds of dogs such as Shiba inu for sale that you can get for your family and it is easy to see the difference in the appearance of a labrador to say a jack, Russel. This makes it difficult to believe that dogs all originated from one common ancestor.
To understand this concept one has to contemplate the identity and structure of a wolf and a dog. The best way to compare these is their skeletons that are virtually the same.
Their characteristics are also very similar. The wolf’s voice is a howl, but the strange thing is that when a wolf is accepted into the community of dogs it barks with them. Although wolves are meat eaters they will also eat vegetables and eat grass when unwell.
When they hunt for food wolves will divide themselves into two packs – one to follow the target and the other pack to cut off any escape route. This tactic is also used by dogs such as terriers that also hunt in packs.
Another similarity between dogs and wolves is that the gestation period is sixty-three days. A wolf will have between three to nine cubs, the same as a dog, and will both feed on the mother for twenty-one days.
The dogs that are indigenous to an area or country will usually have a very similar resemblance to the wolves that also inhabit that area. The only significant difference being that the wolf will be of a larger size and be a lot stronger.
One reason is often given that disputes the connection between the origins of dogs and wolves is that a wolf howls and a dog barks. However, if we know that a dog that has been reared by a wolf will often howl just like a wolf.
The ability to bark or howl cannot be considered a good rule for deciding the origins of dogs. It seems that there is evidence that domestic dogs could have originated from wolves and jackals and even some breeds that are now extinct.