Village dog ping.
They did not list any date. Norweigian Elkhounds were domesticated over 6,000 years ago.
“From that time to the present, the breeds development has been virtually unaltered by man.”
I would say my guess is as good as theirs. I hold that dogs were first domesticated in the Arctic regions. These breeds show the characteristics of long periods of domestication.
Last years original was a tall harry ugly Egyptian dog.
Thanks for posting. I own a Basenji mix that we adopted from a shelter. Daphne is the sweetest, yet most intelligent dog I believe we have ever owned.
That photo is of an American or European basenji, carefully bred and doubtless registered. This is a far cry from real African indigenous dogs, which may have curled or swag tails, prick or floppy ears, and very dubious conformation. People in Africa don’t deliberately breed dogs for looks, and only occasionally breed them for hunting ability.
An argument could be made that basenjis still aren’t really anywhere near so domesticated as other breeds. They’re pretty independent-minded. The African hounds, in particular, retain all their wild instincts.
If the guys who did this study really wanted to design it properly, they should have gone to the places where real indigenous African dogs live, untouched by Western breeds: in the heart of Congo and Rwanda, in places white people (much less their dogs) never venture. Some Western basenji-breeders mount expeditions to these extremely remote and sometimes dangerous areas to get broodstock that has not been contaminated by modern breeds.
Thanks decimon!An extensive genetic study on the ancestry of African village dogs points to a Eurasian -- possibly North African -- origin for the domestication of dogs.IOW, dogs in Africa have Eurasian, rather than African, origin -- but with the teadrinkers clinging like dingleberries to any possible prop to their racist Replacement model.
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It’s an interesting study but with a fatal flaw, a faulty premise.
Genetic diversity is greatest at point of origin only for wild species and domestic species which have only pure strains. If what they say were true Basenjis would have the greatest genetic diversity since it’s a naturally occuring African purebred and every other breed would be a variation of that gene pool. It just ain’t true.
Dogs are wolves of Asian origin. That’s already been demonstrated. North Africa has one species of wolf and it’s the wrong kind.
I thought it was a state college in Minnesota?