The Wolf-Dog Connection

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Since the ice age, the wolf, the largest of the Canidae family, has roamed the earth. But going to around 15,000 years ago, the domesticated dog appeared. It is difficult to avoid that these two animals share various physical characteristics, given the fact that dogs and wolves share 99% of their genetic structure. The Wolf-Dog Connection is a theory that states that all canines come from the same origin. Is this theory based on real evidence or is it just a myth? Within the title of Canine there are hundreds of varying breeds of dogs. They range from large to small, heavy to light and white to any color you can think of. The domestic dog has been (and continues to be) one of the most widely-kept working and companion animals in human history, as well as being a food source in some cultures. There are estimated to be 400 million dogs in the world. A wolf is a carnivorous mammal. When hunting, they often howl as a signal to other wolves in their pack. Females have four to six pups each spring. In many areas, the wolves are nearly gone because they were killed by humans. Wolf recovery programs are reintroducing wolves to remote forests and many people such as ranchers are unhappy about these wolves. They say that the wolves will kill their cattle and sheep while others see the reintroduction as important in reestablishing a balance in nature. Dog history is as rich and varied as the dog breeds themselves. Research about their history indicates that all dogs originated from ancestral wolves, but careful breeding has created dozens of distinct breeds that highlight desired characteristics. Modern breeders are continuing this fine history by creating new breed combinations that are slowly being accepted by professional organizations even while they become popular new pets. One important characteristic that has been used as evidence to prove that dogs evolve from

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