Every dog breed is said to be a subspecies of the Grey Wolf (Canis lupus); so goes the theory. Yet domestic dogs have been around since ancient times. A 2010 discovery in Siberia has revealed remains of a domesticated dog, similar to the modern Samoyed, dating to around 33,000 BC ! The earliest “cultural evidence”, linking man with a domesticated dog (Canis lupus familiaris) goes back some 14,000 years to the Bonn-Oberkassel burial site in Germany where dog and human remains were discovered buried together.
Dogs Get Domesticated
Ancient Dog Breeds
There are a number of ancient breeds, amongst them the Afghan Hound, Alaskan Malamute, Pekingese, Saluki, Samoyed, Shihrian Husky and Tibetan Mastiff. Clearly, they were created with a striking diversity of color, size, build, and character. While some have evolved in small degrees, the fossil record shows others to have remained essentially unchanged up. Genetic and archeological studies have identified about 14 breeds as being ancient, meaning that their origins go back further than 5,000 years.
Kennel Clubs and Today’s Dog Breeds
The organization of dog breeds, as we know them today, dates from the formation of the English Kennel Club in 1873. The American Kennel Club (AKC) was founded in 1884, and many other national clubs sprang up around the globe. For the most part, their breed classifications were based on those of the English Kennel Club.
Here is a sampling of some of the best-known breeds in accordance with American Kennel Club classifications:
Australian Cattle Dog
Section 1; Medium & Large
Section 2; Small
Section 3; Bull Type
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Section 4; Toy Terriers
Australian Silky Terrier
English Toy Terrier
5.Toys; 11sections, including:
English Toy Spaniels
The German Shepherd & Other Popular Breeds
Since we are GermanShepherdPlace.com, our main focus is the German Shepherd Dog. However, in our article: Popular Dog Breeds, we’ll take a “side-trip”, and look at the top 10 most popular breeds in the United States.
Hello Pet Lovers!
I am Martin, I am 60 years old, and have spent my whole life as a Dog Trainer. Now spending the beautiful years after my retirement writing this blog and sharing what I learned in my whole life . The life that I spent with these beautiful and loyal creatures understanding them. So the blogs I write are a tribute to these heroes which love their masters more than their lives.