Dog

Man’s best friend is a domesticated descendant of an ancient, extinct wolf

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The domestic dog is a term used for any of the several thousand breeds of dog –from the sweet-faced Labradors to the aggressive Pitbulls & Rottweilers. Because of their loyalty and devotion, domestic dogs are often kept as pets; however, many breeds can survive independently.

They have been domesticated since the start of civilization, dating back as far as 20,000+ years ago.

All dogs have descended from the wolf, yet, scientists are still trying to figure out which species gave rise to dogs. Although domesticated dogs are not vulnerable or threatened, some agencies are still trying to protect rare breeds from vanishing.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Africa
2023
Asia
2023
Oceania
2023
Europe
2023
North America
2023
South America
2023

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No