How did the dogs come about?

Alexey Ganzenko
Alexey Ganzenko
March 18, 2013
How did the dogs come about?

It is believed that the progenitor of the dog family is an animal resembling a wolf. This ancient, volkopodobny progenitor of dogs lived on our planet about 15,000,000 years ago. How did the dogs come about?

Who did the dogs come from?

The lupine-like animal came in turn from a smaller animal, such as a weasel, who lived about 40,000,000 years ago and is a distant ancestor of both dogs and raccoons and bears. These animals are the closest dog relatives who have survived to our days.

However, unlike the dog he tamed, a man has long feared and hated the fox, the jackal, the coyote and the wolf. These animals were called "wild dogs", and their relatives are our domestic dog. All of them make up the same branch of the dog family and are interconnected so closely that by joining with jackals, coyotes or wolves in a relationship, dogs produce abundant offspring. But dogs do not mix with foxes - this is another branch of the canine family.

How did the dogs appear

In very old times, the first domestic animals were tamed by man. Some scientists believe that they were wolf cubs. Of course, they could be little jackals or other representatives of wild dogs. Dogs began to bring man favor. Dogs belong to the order of predatory mammals. This also includes kunyas, cats, bears, and some other species. The main unifying feature of this order is the structure of the teeth. In the process of evolution, the dog became a reliable helper and true friend of man. Subsequently, the man brought out different breeds of dogs for specific purposes. Some dogs had to chase the game, others - to sniff her out, others - to carry loaded sleds. Thus arose the modern variety of dog breeds.