10 Facts About Dog Domestication

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Tip #7 – The Appearance Of Tame Canines

10 Facts About Dog Domestication

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The process of domesticating dogs was more complicated than a Stone Age man finding a wolf pup and raising to be like a dog. In all likelihood the first stages of domestication were probaby started by the wolves themselves. Dogs were naturally selected out of the wolf population by humans culling packs of unusually agressive animals, leaving the more docile wolves to feed on scraps.

The docile wolves stayed near the settlement, becoming dogs. Both species benefitted from mutual protection, with dogs alerting humans to threats, and humans protecting their dogs. The breeding within this population of docile wolves created dogs. Dogs are therefore genetically prone to tame behavior.

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