It can be argued that along with cats, dogs were one of the first animals to become domesticated. For approximately 10,000 years humans and dogs have more than co-existed, they have developed a special bond unlike any other animal has developed with us. Today hundreds, if not thousands of breeds of dog exist. Although this fact remains true, all dogs belong to the Canis Familiaris family within the animal kingdom. Despite any tamed, domesticated, or docile tendencies, all breeds of dogs have traits that are derived from their wild ancestors and to this day many of those traits still exist and in fact, are quite important to the dog’s survival and mating techniques. Some of the more prominent survival tactics include digging, burying, being
There was once a time they worked harder than us humans do. Back then only wealthy people owned dogs for labor purposes. For example, they chased foxes away from chicken coops and frightened rats away from restaurants. They hunted animals and pulled heavy items over snowy hills. They helped save many people's lives when fires occurred because they alerted the people. In effect, they were not considered as pets because they had a bad odor and were way too filthy to be indoors. They did not receive care so if they were ill or injured, they would either have to heal themselves or even die. In the late 1800's, things were looking better for the dogs' future. The country was becoming wealthier, so people could now afford to feed and take the care of a pet. Now, we see dogs not only as pets, but as family
There are between 45 to 55 million dogs per household in America (American Humane Association 2012). Furthermore, according to a national survey, the majority of dog owners chose to get a dog for the companionship as the major reason for having a dog (American Animal Hospital Association, 2004). After all, dogs are nonjudgmental, give unconditional love, can be trusted with our most intimate feelings and emotions, and are highly intelligent. These dog characteristics can significantly enhance the lives of thousands of youth and adults, especially those with disabilities and/or those who live in continuing care facilities. There are approximately 20,000 service dogs in the U.S., which includes 10,000 guide dogs (American Humane Association 2012)
Introduction: Today I will persuading my audience the benefits of getting a dog as a pet. Dogs can offer companionship, protection and even improve your health. Sixty eight percent of U.S households own a pet according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey calculated by American Pet Products Association (APPA), and majority of the pets owned are dogs, weighing in at sixty percent. Dogs are domesticated animals that consist of various breeds such as Yorkie Terriers, German shepherds and more. There are over three hundred breeds according to the World Canine organization. This organization is the largest registry of certified dog breeds. This canine organization recognizes three hundred and thirty nine breeds of dogs which are classified into ten groups based on the dog’s function or size. There are various unique breeds that can fit into one’s specific lifestyle, giving no excuse not to have a dog to compliment ones personality.
For being man’s supposed best friend, humans too often make choices to benefit themselves instead of dogs. People decide what traits make a dog cute and disregard what traits make them healthy. Dog breeding is a harmful practice for dogs both biologically and culturally due to superficial standards. These dogs are bred to be cute, but that cuteness can inadvertently carry a gene that can lead to disease, or even the cuteness itself could be debilitating, such as with the poster pug’s flat face makes breathing significantly more difficult. Dogs are living, breathing creatures and the standards set for their reproduction should factor their well-being into the standard of the dog.
With already set regulations on puppy mills, people say there is no reason to have any additions on the rules. There is a kennel license, which restricts how many dogs someone can have depending on how much square footage of land he or she owns. This regulates the amount of dogs that can be held for breeding and to keep the area clean and safe enough for all the dogs involved. People are required to go through a moderately long process to achieve their license, to ensure that these dogs will be okay. Puppy mills are also known for keeping pure breed numbers up, such as beloved German shepherds, poodles, Welsh Pembroke corgis, and Labradors. Having mixed breeds can be healthier of course but as Sofia Jeppsson had said in her article Purebred Dogs and Canine Wellbeing, “However, in the long run such a strategy would severely deplete the
“A dogs sense of smell sometimes out perform X-Rays and CT scans at detecting cancers at an early stage by simply smelling a persons breath or urine.” Everyone is able to breed a dog to function in many different ways and for many different reasons. Mow explains how this is possible through his short movie Science of dogs. “Because of intensive selective breeding by cross breeding different breeds for different distinctive types of physical appearances and behavioral attributes; you will soon create the dog you were looking for and it will also have a consistency of creating the same breed of dog by creating a new genetic code in the dogs DNA”. For example there is one breed of dog that has the best sense of smell in the entire world and they were created for one job and one job only. Klim Sulimov explains what dog this is and how it was formed on the Science of Dogs, “The Sulimov dog has the best sense of smell in the whole entire world, and they were successfully created to identify explosives, he bred a Jackal with a Lapland Herding Hound, a Reindeer Herding Hound, a Fox Terrier, and a Spitz. Creating a dog that is highly trainable dog and a superior snout”. All these hybrid breeds are so successful because of how the dogs DNA is formed. The discovery of deciphering the dog genome was discovered by the Researchers at the National Institutes of Health on The Science of Dogs “Every piece of DNA is made up of four different chemical components
There are various amounts of breeds of dogs that get put down at pounds because of their breeds. Dog breeds still get discriminated today. Dog breeds, such as Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, Chow Chows, Great Danes, Perro de Presa Canario, Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, and Wolf Hybrids (wolf dogs) all get discriminated today. Dog discrimination is from attacks the dogs are involved in.
Still, a lot more are being euthanized. The industry has endured bashing from the animal rights groups that claim commercial dog racing is cruel and that many retired and slow dogs are wantonly destroyed (Mitch Stacy, 2007). Ideally, all dogs should be adopted instead of being euthanized. However, if all dogs were to be adopted as suggested by the animal rights group, the numbers would just be too many and it’s unrealistic. Apart from those that are being adopted or euthanized, a number of dogs have been gone ‘missing’ from the industry every year. Animal rights group believe that these dogs were being mistreated and killed inhumanely. To prevent this from happening, the new technology provides more accurate ways to identify dogs. Dogs are now implanted with microchip for identification. Through scanning the unique code by a reader, data including the dog’s health history, weight, breed, owner etc could all be seen clearly. This is much more reliable than the old system of using ear brands, which is far more difficult to read, and could stop any attempts to modify the dog’s weight, ability and identity, thus ensuring that they are not being mistreated (Dr John F Newell, 2006).
Throughout history dogs have been prevalent, the upper class of Egyptians took pride in their Papillion’s, Paul was believed to have a Maltese when he was stuck on the Island of Malta, and they have been used in many wars. The issue being faced now is puppy mills. Many believe that all dog breeders are bad but that is not completely true. There are dog facilities that mistreat their animals and it is horrifying to witness, yet there are others choosing to breed and raise the best quality dogs in the best possible conditions. Not all dog facilities are outside in the dirt in the winter, some
“The American Kennel Club recognizes 150 different breeds of dogs and that number can soar to more than 400 if you count mixed breeds” (Sarah McCurdy). So how does a family decide on just one particular dog when
One of the most meaningful acts a breeder can do is provide their puppies with the best start in life, but it doesn't stop there. As a responsible breeder, your dedication surrounds helping prospective puppy owners raise happy and healthy dogs. As a dog lover, connecting caring, responsible individuals and families with their forever pet is your passion. By encouraging and endorsing products that promote the wholesome development of dogs, particularly during the first year of life, breeders can be a part of ensuring a long and active life for the pups. Breeders hold themselves and their clients to the highest standards and the goal is improving the life of each puppy.
The German Shepherd is not only one of the world's most popular companion dogs, but also probably the most widely used breed for service work. The development of the German Shepherd Dog, along with a number of existing breeds, helped pioneer the modern use of dogs for service and community work that we can see today. For a breed of dog that has only been officially recognised for just over 100 years, it has made an outstanding contribution to mankind worldwide.
Dogs were the first animal, and the only large carnivore, to be domesticated. in both appearance and in both Dogs are not tame wolves, but how they became these unique companions to people is still being debated.