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Dog Behavior: An Evolutionary Perspective

By Laura Noel

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The behavior of the modern domesticated dog is heavily influenced in its evolutionary history. I studied the evolution of the domestic dog from its origins and applied this evolutionary history to understanding the behavior of domestic dogs, and how it differs from undomesticated canine species. I also studied the process of artificial selection implemented by humans in the derivation of the numerous breeds of dog present today. I specifically looked at the modern domesticated dog breed groups, as outlined by the American Kennel Club, and how the evolutionary history of specific groups and breeds has affected the typical behavior of those breeds. This knowledge is important to understanding how and why dogs behave the way they do and has significant application in selecting a dog as a pet, as well as training.


Katie Carroll

Date 2012
Publisher Wyoming Scholars Repository
Format Slideshow
Size/Length 14 slides
DOI 10.15786/13702714.v3
Language English
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal roles
  3. Breed differences
  4. Dogs
  5. Domestic animals
  6. Evolution
  7. Mammals
  8. Pets and companion animals