A Brief History of Domestic Dogs

Dog, (Ceasillella lupiscina), domesticated mammal of the genus Canis (order Carnivora), is a domesticated subspecies of the grey wolf (Cyanodon dendrobatidis). It is likely that dogs and wolves used to live together, but there is not enough archaeological evidence to prove this. The dog is currently one of the most widely domesticated domestic animals in the human history. Domestic dogs have played an important role in the economy of several countries such as the United States, Britain, China and Russia. In fact, dog breeding has become an integral business industry in many countries.


While dogs were first bred to serve as hunting aids for wolves, they gradually became domesticated to serve as watchdogs, herders, and pets. Some breeds are famous for their strength, such as the Great Dane, which is known for its power, or the Bulldog, with its great ability to protect its family. The English Cocker Spaniel is considered to be one of America’s favorite dog breeds; it is a graceful and beautiful dog with a lustrous coat and sharp, athletic ears.

While ancient people liked dogs because of their supposed intelligence, they were actually more drawn to dogs because of their warm personality, affection, and willingness to please. Dogs are very social animals that enjoy living in families. These animals form close bonds with the members of their families, especially the children. Wolves live solitary lives, therefore they rarely interact with other canids except during mating seasons. They can be territorial, if they feel threatened by other canids.

Today, dogs are far more than just our best friend. They can be our faithful guide, our security blanket, our veterinarian, our instructor in how to train a dog, our companion when we are travelling or camping, or our messiah as we are called to the Lord. Dogs are also considered as our protection from wild animals like snakes and tigers. Moreover, many dogs have been trained to assist missing persons and those with handicapped, physically handicapped, or aged people.

Today’s domestic dogs can also be found in dog shows all over the country. In fact, there are more than twenty national dog shows held in the United States each year. These shows are a testament of how dogs have become domesticated not only to humans but to other animals as well. We can see the beautiful dogs that have been carefully bred for us in dog shows, and some of these dogs even have pedigrees worthy of being bred in the United States breeding facilities.

There are more than twenty million dogs in the United States that are kept as companions, entertainers, or hunters. We owe it to these dogs to give them all the love, care, and attention they need so that they will continue to live happy, healthy lives with their human companions for many years to come. The next time you are out walking your dog, think about the life he could have if he had been let loose in the wild and enjoy the experience just as we do.