The dog is a domesticated form of the wolf, a member of the Canidae family of the order carnivora. The domestic dog has been one of the most widely kept working and companion animals in human history.
The dog quickly became ubiquitous across culture across the world, and was extremely valuable to early human settlements. Dogs perform many roles for people, such as hunting, herding, protection, assisting police and military, companionship, and more recently, aiding handicapped individuals. Currently, there are estimated to be 900 million dogs in the world.
Over the 15,000 years span that the dog had been domesticated, it diverged into only a handful of landraces, groups of similar animals whose morphology and behaviour have been shaped by environmental factors and functional roles. As the modern understanding of genetics developed, humans began to intentionally breed dogs for a wide range of specific traits. Through this process, the dog has developed into hundreds of varied breeds and shows more behavioral and morphological variation than any other land mammal. For example, height measured to the withers ranges from a few inches in the Chihuahua to a few feet in the Irish wolfhound; colour varies from white through grays to black and browns from light to dark in a wide variation of patterns; coats can be short or long, course-haired to wool-like, straight, curly or smooth. It is common for most breeds to shed this coat, but non-shedding breeds are also popular.
Different Breeds of Dogs
The Labrador is one of several kinds of retriever, a type of gun dog. They have webbed paws for swimming, useful when they retrieve their prey, hence why they are called retrievers. The Labrador is the most popular breed of dog in the world. It is also the most popular breed of assistance dog and is being widely used by police and official bodies for their detection and working abilities. Labrador are very athletic: they love to swim, play catch/frisbee, and are great with young children.
Great Dane is a breed of domestic dog known for its giant size. The breed is commonly referred to as the “Apollo of all breeds”. The Great Dane is one of the world’s tallest dog breeds, with only the Irish wolfhound being taller on average. The last Great Dane to hold the world record as tallest living dog was Gibson, who was 3.5 feet tall at the withers and 7 feet 1 inch on his hind legs.
The German shepherd Dog, also known as an Alsatian, is a breed of large-sized dog that originated in Germany. As part of the Herding group, the German shepherd is a working dog developed originally for herding sheep. Because of their strength, intelligence and abilities in obedience training they are often employed as police dogs and war dogs, around the world. Due to their loyal and protective nature, the German shepherd is one of the most popular breeds.
The Irish wolfhound is a breed of domestic dog, specifically a sight hound. The name originates from its purpose rather than from its appearance. Irish wolfhound are the tallest dog breeds on average.
The American Bulldog is a courageous dog. There are generally considered to be three types of American Bulldog. the Johnson type and the Scott type and the “old Southern white” named after the breeders who were influential in developing them, John D. Johnson and Allen Scott. These are more commonly known as Classic or Bully type and Standard or performance type.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a large, ancient dog breed. This massive breed is often used as a guard and defender of family and property due to the protective Instinct and their fearsome appearance. The breed is reported to have been used to fight alongside the Roman reasons, by having bladed and spiked leather harnesses tied to their backs and being trained to run under the bellies of enemy horses, to disembowel them.
PugPugs are definitely one of the oldest dog breeds known today. It is believed this Toy breed originated in Asia some time before 400 BC. Throughout their history Pugs have been adored by many Nobel people from all different royal houses of the world. That being said, they really established himself in Holland during the 16th century when he saved William (the prince) of orange’s life by alerting him to the approach of Spaniards. This earned the Pug honorary recognition and he became the official dog of the House of Orange. The pug has a characteristic short and stocky body. His large, dark eyes, flat nose and wrinkly face are the main features of pug. They are wonderful watchdogs. It is very affectionate and loving and is friendly towards all. Pugs are quite intelligent and are easily trained. The pug stands 12-14 inches and can weigh up to 20 pounds. They are extreme sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, allergies and chronic breathing problems because of their flat muzzle.
Ride of Facts time
Dogs have social and impulsive internal structures that are similar to those of human being’s and this allows us to understand their behaviour.
A dog’s sense of smell is about thirty seven times stronger than a human’s.
Some signals dogs do such as inclining themselves and bending their front legs are seen in all dogs around the world. These types of universal signals do not need to be learned because dogs everywhere understand them.
If you were to remove the scent receptors from a dog’s nose and lay them out flat, they would cover an area greater than the dog itself.
There is a doggy disco held in Italy every year where owners can dance with their dogs.
Even though all these dogs vary greatly in appearance, they are identical in anatomy. They have 321 bones and 42 permanent teeth.
Female doges are only ready to mate – “in heat” – twice a year for a total of roughly 20 days.