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To: PatrickHenry

Different dog types are not different species. They are different RACES within the species. Two of any type dog mated together produces viable offspring that can reproduce. This is even applicable to wolves and dogs. I have read that the DNA of a wolf and chihuahua are virtually identical, proving that all dogs are really domesticated wolves.......


6 posted on 12/21/2004 8:52:59 AM PST by Red Badger (If the Red States are JESUSLAND, then the Blue States are SATANLAND......)
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To: Red Badger
I have read that the DNA of a wolf and chihuahua are virtually identical, proving that all dogs are really domesticated wolves.......

I have read that the DNA of a man and a monkey are virtually identical, proving that all men are really ...

13 posted on 12/21/2004 8:56:03 AM PST by WildTurkey
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To: Red Badger

Actually, no.

A "species" is defined as a a group that can naturally breed and produce viable offspring (that can itself breed).

Mastiffs and Chijuaja(sp?) cannot naturally breed. Ergo, although they had a common ancestor just a few hundred years ago, they no are no longer the same species.

And no, artificial insemination does not count.

If so, lions and tigers would be the same specifies (the resulting offspring is called a Liger, which do exist, albeit they are generally sterile like a mule, which is itself an inter-species cross ).

In fact, HUMANS and CHIMPS can be bred together via artificial insemination. The Chinese did this, impregnating female chimps with human sperm. Fortunately, the resulting creature was destroyed before term (or so the Chinese claim).


33 posted on 12/21/2004 9:12:58 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: Red Badger

So many breeds have been "created" by man for specific traits such as size, coat, skills, etc., I don't think this research means much. Additionally, the cultivation of certain traits also (inadvertently) has led to other problems within breeds, such as susceptibility to certain afflictions, etc.


34 posted on 12/21/2004 9:13:48 AM PST by visualops (It's easier to build a child than repair an adult.)
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To: Red Badger
Actually wasn't there a study recently that said that some "dogs" aren't even really dogs. But are actually rodents or something breed to look like dogs. I think chihuahua was one of them.

I can't find the dang article now. All I get is crap about those two airheads, Britney and Paris. Any one remember the article? I'm pretty sure it was this year, maybe this quarter.
44 posted on 12/21/2004 9:22:48 AM PST by Wisconsin155 (newbie)
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To: Red Badger
I have read that the DNA of a wolf and chihuahua are virtually identical

I knew there was a reason I didn't trust the little rats.

Shalom.

151 posted on 12/21/2004 11:49:46 AM PST by ArGee (After 517, the abolition of man is complete)
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To: Red Badger

You're absolutely right- the only time I've been bitten by a dog- it was a little rugrat!!


186 posted on 12/21/2004 2:26:39 PM PST by midnightson
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