THE ORIGIN OF
Where did man's best friend come from...
10 000 - 40 000 years ago
Domestication from the 'Late Pleitoscene Wolf' is believed to have started
THE GREY WOLF - dogs closest living ancestor
The extinct 'Late Pleitoscene Wolf' is the ancestor to both the grey wolf and dog
Opportunistic wolves scavenged and followed humans. Eating scraps of left over foods. Friendlier wolves became favored as humans noticed the benefits of having them around.
As humans started selecting for friendlier, trainable, protective and loyal companions. The domestic dog arose.
By this time, dog breeders were formalized and boomed. Breeders bred for aesthetics or work-related traits or both. Character traits and physical traits became grouped. There are around 450 known breeds of dogs.
Closest breeds to their wolf ancestor
Siberian Husky Alaskan Husky Alaskan Malamute Basenji
From wolf to pug
This process did not occur over night. After
of years of selective breeding for desirable traits, there are many breeds of dog.