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A Brief History of Dogs | National Geographic

A Brief History of Dogs | National Geographic


long before we raised livestock and grew
crops humans lived side by side with dogs it’s widely accepted among
scientists that dogs are descendants of wolves in fact their DNA is virtually
identical but how exactly did a fierce wild animal become our loyal companion
according to DNA analysis the transformation from wolf to dog began
some twenty to forty thousand years ago when people and wolves were living and
hunting in close proximity by about fifteen thousand years ago dogs were
found virtually everywhere people were but humans may not be able to take all
the credit for domestication some wolves were already less fearful of approaching
people those individuals became favored by people for their tame ability over
many generations they became tamer and lost some of their predatory qualities
such as big sharp teeth what resulted was the dog
the very first domesticated animal thousands of years later humans began to
play a more active role in the breeding of dogs
the ancient Egyptians may have been the first to breed dogs for specific uses
such as hunting guarding and war in ancient China dogs were bred to look
like lions an important symbol of the Buddhist faith selective breeding
eventually gave rise to many different looking dogs or pure breads and the 18th
century purebred dogs were becoming more of a status symbol among wealthy
households by the 19th century the crossbreeding craze was underway
culminating in the first dog shows by mid-century humans were mixing and matching dogs no
longer just for their utility but also for their appearance today we have over
300 different breeds making dogs the most diverse species on earth but by
breeding offspring that exhibit only the most pronounced traits some say we’ve
gone too far in some cases dogs are the ones that suffer with genetic disorders
in certain breeds that can lead to problems such as difficulty breathing
hip dysplasia and increased risk of cancer yet for all the problems we’ve
introduced into our canine companions we’ve also found ways to bring dogs into
our lives more than ever before dogs today live among us not just as our pets
but also as therapy dogs search-and-rescue dogs and even war dogs
humans have also found ways to give back to our furry friends with advancements
in veterinary medicine and establishing rescue organizations to help dogs find
good homes in many ways the canines that once lived only among their own packs
tens of thousands of years ago have come to depend on us as much as we depend on
them you

Comments (58)

  1. Her simpering voice is terrible.
    National geographic needs a new narrator.

  2. Im a cat lover but i still love dogs

  3. Dog is man's best friend because man basically designed dogs. Out bestfriends have Stockholm syndrome 😨

  4. 5 to commment and 37 viewer to watch

  5. I only watch the video because it has dogs in it

  6. great video NATGO

  7. Wasn't for this. Doge meme wouldn't exist.
    Very true
    Much woof.
    Doggo.

  8. Dogs have been known to be man's best friend for thousands of years. What are your thoughts on their rich history?

  9. Is it ok for a dog to see babies as threats?

  10. That means we can tame wolves

  11. Somebody earned their biscuit today.

  12. I didn’t know that they were the most diverse species on Earth!

  13. How come the stronger dogs don't have the same strength as a wolf? Is it because they got calmer and smaller?

  14. A bunch of abominations. Just like cats.

  15. I prefer dogs to humans lol

  16. I want a pet wolf

  17. LOVE IT GREAT VIDEO THANKS AGAIN FOR SHARING THIS.
    Motivation Generation DOGS

  18. Like, if you love your dog! 👍🐶

  19. This video fails to mention the thousands of puppy mills that exist and the hundreds of thousands of dogs that need to be put down every year due to human breeding for our own pleasure and “look”. Interesting how easy it is to leave that out & show cute French bulldog puppies sitting on a couch… the very breed that humans need to help breed since they’re so inbred that they can’t do it on their own. Please spray and neuter your pets, unless they are bred for actual working purposes. Dogs ONLY depend on us for survival, not the other way around.

  20. Really love dog

  21. @naomiaprilianda

  22. I don't know why, but the concept of dogs. The predators turned allies turned friends turned family always brings a little bit of tears to my eyes

  23. What an interesting history. Relatively speaking, I didn't know domesticated dogs only existed tens of thousand years ago. I wonder how long domesticated cats have existed though? Thanks for sharing National Geographic.

  24. In the thumbnail, the pekingese looks like my little peke, Rocki. Dogs are so intelligent and awesome! They're just like little toddlers lol.

  25. Thanks!
    Really interesting!
    Hail! Nepal!!!

  26. hate this new dog obsession that mostly women seem to have. is it like a new "crazy cat lady" fad?
    cant get a guy so they get pets

  27. A brief history of cats?

  28. Thousands of years ago a human tamed a tiger and over time it shrunk and turn into the domestic cat. Saved you a video.

  29. dogs are the best <3

  30. That's why i love chicha..😊🐶

  31. Very interesting. I would love to see more videos if is possible to trace their history from being wolves to the present.

  32. No such thing as a, "pure bred dog." Please, for the love of the English Bulldog, stop using those three words. In the history of combining words, those three when combined, (p.b.d.) are as inaccurate, incorrect, and insanely intellectually obtuse; as any three words that have ever been conceived. If an explanation is needed of why that is 100% CORRECT, then please, go get a library card. Stop whatever you are doing, just stop…right now and go to the library. If it is closed just wait there until they open. Please? Before it is too late? Thanks.😁

  33. These cute faces evolved from wolves…

  34. Now if only we would start breeding the healthy traits back into dogs rather than breeding them for their looks.

  35. Dogs are heavenly sent

  36. where's scooby dooby doo's descendants ?

  37. Dogs are adorable 😙💕.

  38. Please do the same for cats, I would love to see how the wild ones to become like the ones we know today, both hating water to love water, some are being bosses to us while some being like "dogs" to us.

  39. Gabe the dog approved

  40. I'm a dog person by default, I tried cats but they're just not nearly as capable or fun or interesting. Sorry, not sorry.

  41. And then wolves became raccoons… Wait… What this raccoon skull is doing here?

  42. Great research very informative and great presentation! can you do the same for cats next?

  43. They don’t just live as "dogs’ in our lives , they’re now our family members. I would love to kick all my human family out except for my mom and sister and replace them with dogs ,which I have already done .

  44. I love hotdogs.

  45. It's been over 20,000 years since we were first befriended by dogs. They went from being our closest Allies, to now being a beloved part of the family. Isn't that wonderful🐶?

  46. 5000 dogs are euthanized every day in the USA

  47. They were brought here by aliens..

  48. I love dogs . But I don’t think dogs should be named dogs.. dogs is such a ugly word and bland and just plain BLAHHHH . Like just say it //// “DOGS” wow i know I’m not the only one who thinks this we should rename these beautiful creatures

  49. Our world would be a much sadder place without dogs and cats in it.

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