The bond between man and dog is one of the oldest, long lasting and most rewarding in history.

But where did the dog come from? Canis Familiaris is the scientific name for the dog. It is now the consensus through various genetic studies that the first dog was a domesticated wolf. The dog belongs to the same genus as the wolf, Canis Lupus.

About 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, wolves were domesticated by different human tribes around the world. Remains of the dog have been found in pre-Columbian North America, Europe, central & east Asia during the same epoch.

Previously it was assumed that the dog was a combination of the wolf and the jackal. However due to recent studies by researcher Herre and his colleagues and based on a large number of samples on the size and structure of skull and brain, numbers of chromosomes and blood factors, the consensus is that all dogs no matter what breed are descendants of the domesticated wolf.

Scientists believe that somewhere in early history, humans domesticated wild wolves to make them useful companions that would help with the hunting, guarding and herding. Ever since that time, selective breeding has produced the many varieties of domestic dogs to the count of over 800 true breeding type dogs in the world.

Most of these dog breeds are very un-wolflike in appearance and habits. Because humans had thousands of years to selectively breed mutations that appeared in the dog populations, they have come up with an incredible diversity in the dog species. The only other species on earth with this much diversity is the human species.

The wolf and the dog share 99.8% of their DNA and in actuality, a tiny chihuahua, as with any purebred dog, has innumerable wolf genes since they share a close common ancestry. Wolves and dogs can be interbred whereas a fox and a dog cannot. All this goes to prove that we as humans who love our companion dogs so much, owe the wolf much gratitude and respect. There are many people in the world who do grant the wolf this honor, yet the wolf remains one of the most misunderstood and persecuted animals on this planet. The wolf, the ancestor of our beloved dogs, has more than earned the right to be left alone to live it's life in peace.

Video: Evolution of Dogs -By Eduardo DurĂ¡n Haedo-

Responses to "Is the Dog just a Wolf in a Chihuahua suit? (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I do believe the dog is a Wolf in a Chihuahua suit. All dogs are relative to the Wolf, so some things like genetic personality can transfer over to domestic dogs. I, personally, would love a domestic canine companion that has the Heart and Soul of a Wolf.

  2. Anonymous says:

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  4. Anonymous says:

    So beautiful..

  5. Anonymous says:

    First I LOVE the music, second it is so nice to see someone s passionate about the wolf as I am. We MUST save them by leaving them alone but in the US they have declared an all out war and are killing them left and right. We need to band together to stop this. Great video!

  6. Anonymous says:

    The WOLF is one of the best companions I have ever had and I have had as companions many different kinds of beasts. The WOLF knows more about the fauna and flora than we have forgotten. While fly-fishing in Northern Idaho and Montana my WOLF knew if the waters had fish near. While hiking in the woods, he knew if there was a predator in the area. While walking the streets of downtown Spokane he knew if a person meant harm to us. He could come and go as he wished and he wished to be where he was. He had been injured and after much TLC he decision was to stay with a trusted companion for the rest of his 16 sixteen years and he protected many a person, usually small children from harms way! Why would you want to kill them? Shame on you!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Looking at all of these pictures, you get the sense that you can read what the dog is feeling and thinking. A great pictorial of the beinning of the domestic dog.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Wolves seem to be much more in tune with there surroundings then our couch patato dogs. I have seen a dog revive there sences by spending more time out in nature but still not close to the wolf. Great story please continue to inform people.

  10. Clayton Fyffe says:

    Dogs and wolves are very close, and the reason dogs love us so much is because they've accepted us into their pack.

  11. Dog Names says:

    Do not know such a dog but it seems a little tough!

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