Summary: The Evolution Of Hunting Dogs

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As dogs were tamed and domesticated by humans over thousands of years, the canine species underwent an evolution. Hundreds of breeds had been designed to perform specific tasks, such as pulling sleds and guarding sheep. Over time, the need for many breeds decreased. For example, as humans evolved from hunter-gatherers into farmers, it was no longer necessary for humans to own hunting dogs. Later, as farming societies became industrialized, a disappearance of herd animals became evident, and fewer shepherds watching sheep meant that there were fewer sheepdogs. But by this time humans had grown accustomed to dogs’ companionship, and breeding continued. Today, most dogs are kept by their owners simply as companions, but some dogs still do the
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