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Genetic aspects of performance in working dogs.

By Elaine Ostrander, A. Ruvinsky, Heather J. Huson

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For thousands of years, the dog has proven itself an invaluable asset to man by serving as hunter, protector, transportation, aide and loyal companion. Dog domestication and breed development have paralleled the changing culture of man. Archaeological evidence has identified the earliest dog remains between 12,000 and 31,000 years ago, with the suggestion that these first dogs were used in the tracking, capture and transport of large `ice-age' game (Germonpre et al., 2009). Eventually, pastoral societies gave rise to home and flock guard dogs and herding dogs. As civilizations moved to conquer and defend, dogs became weapons of war (Coren, 1994; Thurston, 1996).


Deborah Maron

Publication Title The Genetics of the Dog
ISBN/ISSN 9781845939403
Publisher CABI
DOI 10.1079/9781845939403.0477
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