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How did the wolf become dog ?
salon.com ^ | Mark Derr

Posted on 08/05/2012 10:18:13 AM PDT by djone

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MaggiesFarm.com :"I don't know if you've ever heard of Mark Derr - most people haven't but he's written a couple of books about dogs and one about Davy Crockett - all of which are very good. He's of the opinion that most anthropologists and other social scientists are wrong about the dog/man team and how it formed. He has had this idea about it being a matter of co-evolution rather than co-dependency and has written a new book about it: How did the wolf evolve into man’s best friend?

One could argue that co-evolution/co-dependency is the same thing, but I think he makes some important distinctions in how the wolf became the dog.

I do take issue with the main thrust of most of the dog/man analysis in that I don't believe the wolf ever truly left the dog. Most dogs, if left to their own devices and survival, revert very quickly to a feral state very similar to the classic wolf pack. The difference between feral dog packs and the wolf pack is that the feral dogs have a rather loose organization with more than one top dog and those aren't always breeding pairs as they are in a wolf pack. In fact, the feral dog pack behaves much in the same way Derr describes when he was doing his research on the wolf researchers.

I love his commentary about The Dog Whisperer" - Cesar Millan. The guy is a good trainer no doubt, but he's got some rather outdated ideas about human/dog interactions.

In any case, I've read his other two dog books "A dog's history of America : how our best friend explored, conquered, and settled a continent" - 2004 and the first "Dog's best friend : annals of the dog-human relationship" - 1997. Highly recommended if you can find them - I think they are both out of print.

Anyway, the article is very good - enjoyed it. Hope you do..."

1 posted on 08/05/2012 10:18:19 AM PDT by djone
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The Dixie Dingo
2 posted on 08/05/2012 10:29:22 AM PDT by blam
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It's now being shown in a number of venues that certain mammals have a genetic potential to end up being compatible if not dependent on humans - the most fun example being the woman in Siberia who has shown this with breeding experiments on Siberian Silver Foxes: Lyudmila Trut Paper.

I cannot comment on the veracity of the conclusions or assumptions she makes in the paper, but since it's an open paper I'm sure there are capable behavioral geneticists who can. In any event, the premise is intriguing and the outcomes certainly seem to support it - could you do the same with a lizard?

3 posted on 08/05/2012 10:29:55 AM PDT by Regulator
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“Dogs have been fighting alongside U.S. soldiers for more than 100 years, seeing combat in the Civil War and World War I. But their service was informal; only in 1942 were canines officially inducted into the U.S. Army. Today, they’re a central part of U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan — as of early 2010 the U.S. Army had 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed (the largest canine contingent in the world). And these numbers will continue to grow as these dogs become an ever-more-vital military asset. So it should come as no surprise that among the 79 commandos involved in Operation Neptune Spear that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s killing, there was one dog — the elite of the four-legged variety. And though the dog in question remains an enigma — another mysterious detail of the still-unfolding narrative of that historic mission — there should be little reason to speculate about why there was a dog involved: Man’s best friend is a pretty fearsome warrior.”

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/04/war_dog?page=full


4 posted on 08/05/2012 10:39:23 AM PDT by djone (“Two ways to enslave a country. One by the sword. The other is by debt")
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Dogs think they are still wolves — inside.


5 posted on 08/05/2012 10:49:36 AM PDT by bigbob
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6 posted on 08/05/2012 10:50:27 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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Very interesting. Thanks for posting.


7 posted on 08/05/2012 10:52:45 AM PDT by VegasCowboy ("...he wore his gun outside his pants, for all the honest world to feel.")
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“Derr” . . . what an apt name for someone who agonizes about a non-problem from a flawed perspective (I know I shouldn’t mock the man’s last name, but it’s kinda like being named “Boycott” or “Quisling”).

Back during the 70s and 80s, taxonomists still classified domestic dog and wolf under two different species names (Canis familiaris and Canis lupus respectively). Wolves cannot be domesticated; their behavior shares the same streak of independence as wild cats. Dogs have been man’s companion since the creation of both.
8 posted on 08/05/2012 10:59:18 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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I seem to recall a Sci-Am article from years ago where urban dogs were studied. It seems that even purebred in urban settings soon end up breeding after a couple generations, something that quickly resembled a very generic, feral dog.

The Russians did the opposite with wild foxes. After selective breeding, observation, and lots of human contact, after 10-15 generations of foxes, the resultant animals are as domesticated as your average poodle.


9 posted on 08/05/2012 11:01:24 AM PDT by djf (The barbarian hordes will ALWAYS outnumber the clean-shaven. And they vote.)
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Good article, thanks. By the way, my dog thinks it's a spider: Photobucket
10 posted on 08/05/2012 11:03:39 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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Amen, Olog-hai. They’re different creatures—from the start. God gave them different purposes.


11 posted on 08/05/2012 11:07:10 AM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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“How did the wolf become dog ?”

He got married?


12 posted on 08/05/2012 11:10:47 AM PDT by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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There are some interesting physiological differences that make man and wolf/dog very effective as complementary hunters.

A dog’s hearing and sense of smell are very acute, but humans have an almost unique adaptation among mammals of large sinuses. Because of these, our vision does not blur when we inhale and exhale, which happens to other mammals.

Humans also stand upright, which is very useful to look over tall grasses and bushes. And strong arms with opposing thumbs to hurl distance weapons.

For their part, wolves/dogs have a distinct hierarchy, and can use hunting tactics. Importantly dogs can imagine humans in their hierarchy.

Humans breed for diversity and specialization, but wolves/dogs breed for dominance and success.


13 posted on 08/05/2012 11:17:07 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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Now the real question is how (and why) did the dog become this biological Roomba?


14 posted on 08/05/2012 11:19:18 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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15 posted on 08/05/2012 11:45:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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17 posted on 08/05/2012 12:17:02 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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One day, 4 year old Cave-ette was skipping around the fields and spied a cute furry little creature with a wagging tail and big brown eyes. Little Cave-ette brought the warm fuzzy back to the cave and since she had Papa Caveman wrapped around her little finger, he let her kept the creature. It was fed well, petted and sheltered from the elements and decided life was good so stayed.


18 posted on 08/05/2012 12:24:51 PM PDT by bgill
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Welfare?


19 posted on 08/05/2012 12:58:08 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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It does seem to me (if I remember the article—the fox one— it’s been quite awhile since I read it) that the coats ended up spotted or mismarked tho, and unsuitable for fur. What I remember from the breeding experiment was that the gist was that dogs (and the foxes) never get past the juvenile state. Is this the same article? It was fascinating.


20 posted on 08/05/2012 1:09:39 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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