The domestic dog is simply a domesticated version of the wild wolf. The first dog domesticated by early hunter-gatherers over thousands of years ago, prior to the development of farming. Domestic dogs were used as pack animals, herders’ aids and trackers in several tribes across Europe, Asia and Africa. Some breeds were even used as watchdogs.
However, despite its domestication, the dog has not been free and easy as humans once thought. It is still susceptible to many diseases, genetic disorders and conditions. Today, there are still many breeds that are prone to serious genetic health problems, diseases and genetic abnormalities. Despite these risks, breeders and veterinarians work together to try to improve the condition of these dogs and to produce healthy dogs. Because many of these genetic disorders can’t be detected until very late in a dog’s life, they are managed in a careful and cautious manner to ensure the dog’s survival.
The three main breeds of domestic dogs are: the long haired, the short haired and the mixed breeds. The differences between these three types of dogs largely depend on their breed and their respective ancestors’ origins. Long haired dogs have long and dense hair that can have any combination of colors and texture. The color and texture of long haired dogs may be grey, brown, black, tan, platinum blond, red or tawny, depending on the origin of the breed. Short haired dogs have lighter hair which can be gray, brown, black, tan, platinum blond, red or blue, depending on the origin of the breed.
The other classification of dog is commonly known as the large or giant breeds. Giant dogs are so big that they require special care. You can spot dogs like this, if you see large dogs in the dog park or in the circus. These dogs need to be walked frequently, and you’ll often find giant or large dogs living alone in backyards. They were bred to have huge appetites and need a daily dose of exercise to stay healthy.
Finally, there’s the hybrid (sometimes called a mixes) dog. These are mixed breeds that have traits from several other species and are even more likely to develop illnesses than dogs from just one particular species. You’ll often see hybrid dogs that are smaller than their parents or have darker coats than their parents. Some hybrid dogs may even look like both parent breeds at birth, while others may look more like both the parents.
If you want a dog that will serve you well for the rest of your life, then you should get yourself a great domestic dog. Dogs are wonderful companions and loyal friends. They can be your best friend in times of trouble, or in times of peace. Even, though the word “Domestic Dog” connotes domestication, these dogs are in fact still very much a creature of the wild. No matter how domestic you make yourself, your new dog will definitely be a unique creature that has a special connection with you.
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