Dogs: Our Inbred Companions
Mans Best Friend
No other animal has evolved to live alongside humans as well as dogs have. No wonder we call them mans best friend. Their history is still unfolding and there is so much to discover and uncover, but all in good time.
Wolves and Dogs
It wasn’t long ago when people believed that dogs were direct lineage from the gray wolf, turns out that isn’t true. Actually, domestic dogs are more closely related to the gray wolf than any other canid species, which makes more sense. This is because dogs and wolves share a common ancestor that is now extinct. And only 40,000 years ago dogs split from wolves (genetic divergence). Now we have a variety of different breeds such as pugs, poodles, and bulldogs that look nothing like their wolf cousins. Why? Well, with selective breeding humans have created breeds to look a certain way. And if you look back at pictures of Dachshunds, German Shepards, even Pugs, from way back when you will see how different they were compared to the dogs we see today. With all the inbreeding these breeds are prone to more health burdens.
My Question is...
Why would we do this to our furry best friends? Do we really like the look of a smooshed face or short legs? Do we really enjoy putting dogs through the suffering of breathing problems or being prone to diseases?
I can’t understand why people enjoy the look of an inbred dog. I wonder what dogs of the future will look like if humans keep travelling down this road.
I Love Dogs
As sad as it makes me too see a wheezing Bulldog or a Pug with its eyes bulging out of its head, I do love dogs and would be happy to snuggle any inbred floof that crosses my path. I just worry about the future of dog breeds and what they will become. But I suppose that science is advancing as time goes on, so maybe they will come to some sort of solution to fix all these gene mutations and stop the consequences of inbreeding. OR science will stuff it all up and we will end up with a doggy Jurassic Park on our hands.