Dogs and Wolf Family Tree

Dogs (Canniceps corpora luteum) are very domesticated, not only natural wild creatures, but also perfectly domestic dogs. They were initially bred from wolves some five thousand years ago. People have successfully bred dogs for centuries, and dogs have been domesticated throughout human history. It was only in the last hundred years that dog domestication began to decline.


Domesticated dogs date back to ancient China. Wolves and coyotes were domesticated from ancient Canidae, one of the two species of dogs which are now recognized as domestic dogs. The first dogs to be used as companions and servants were coyotes and wolves, possibly because they provided the means to hunt larger game. In fact, the word “canis” meant “wolf” in ancient Greek. This is why the word pug is derived from the word pugna, which means “porcupine.”

Wolves and coyotes were used as pack animals, hunting small animals which would then be eaten as a main source of food and nourishment. Through evolution, dogs were domesticated for many reasons; they served as watchdogs, herders, pets, companions, or guard dogs. Some dogs are strictly family pets, while many are used for hunting.

Hunting dogs have been around ever since man started hunting. The first dogs to be used as hunting dogs were wolves, but dogs are also used by humans today for many different purposes. People hunt dogs for sport; many people hunt dogs for sport. People hunt with their dogs for sport because hunting dogs are trained to track, and hunt. Hunting dogs can also be used to find lost people. While hunting dogs were once used for hunting wolves to prevent them from eating too many crops, humans now use dogs to find lost people.

Not all dogs live in packs. While most dogs live in families, there are still some who live alone or in packs, called private or domestic dogs. Private dogs live in their own homes and only come out to home when they’re asked to.

Domestic dogs are different from hunting dogs in that they’re not used for hunting. Herding dogs are used for herding domestic or farm animals and are similar to the English sheepherders. Many herding dogs have become professional sportsmen, working for farmers, stockyards, or other livestock businesses. Herding dogs are also good companions, bringing joy to many human relationships.

Many canids are carnivores, but humans have brought dogs into their lives who can eat meat. Some dogs have a very difficult time digesting meat, instead preferring plant-based foods, like grains, beans, and nuts. Herbivores, or carnivores who eat plant-based diets, range from rare to common. Common herbivores include the golden retriever, Doberman pinchers, Labrador Retrievers, Saint Bernard, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler, and German shepherd.

Wolves are another group of dog breeds that can be considered genetic ancestors of all dogs. Wolves were probably brought into the Americas by early Native Americans, who had direct contact with wolves. Through genetic evidence, scientists have identified wolves as the ancestors of most modern breeds, including the dachshund, bulldog, and Great Dane. Wolves are closely related to humans, and are frequently bred as companion animals.