Why Dogs Are the Most Useful Animal to Humans

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Why Dogs are the Most Useful Animal to Humans For as long as anyone can remember dogs have been bred and used to help humans. Whether it be for hunting and gathering, companionship, to help with the disabled, or to help law enforcement officers do their jobs better, dogs are the most versatile and useful animals to humans. Most scientists agree that dogs are descended from the Grey Wolf. Dr. Robert K. Wayne of UCLA has shown through DNA research that the Grey Wolf and common dog are so closely related that they can interbreed and produce fully viable offspring (Dog names, 2004). It is thought that a human hunting party came across a very young wolf cub and decided to take it with the members of the hunting group, and that was the…show more content…
They also produce dung to manure crops, and after they die provide leather and wool (History of the domestication of animals, n.d.). Providing food is an incredibly important reason to domesticate these animals, and these animals are very important to mankind. But they do not have the numerous life-saving and life-changing uses that a canine does. Cats are the only other domesticated animals to live indoors with humans. They have also remained closer to their wild cousins. While cats make great pets, their major uses are for enjoyment or pest control. A dog can be used for both of those reasons, making them more useful than a cat. Other animals such as horses, poultry, and rabbits are all great animals. Poultry provides eggs and meat for people, rabbits provide meat and enjoyment for families, and horses provide help on farms and people are able to ride them. But, dogs can be a cheaper and more efficient alternative to horses. The uses of dogs far outweigh the uses of other animals. Service Dogs Starting around the 1920s dogs have begun working as service dogs or therapy dogs. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 a service animal is any animal that has been individually trained to provide assistance or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a physical or mental disability, which substantially limits one or more major life functions.
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