Research Shows Dogs are Our Oldest Domesticated Animal Companions

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According to the scientific community, dogs were the first domesticated animals by humans. The question of when dogs became domesticated, however, is still debated. Some sources state that dogs were domesticated between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago. Other studies date the domestication of dogs back as far as 7000 BCE. Recent research shows that dogs were probably domesticated towards the end of the Ice Age, approximately 11,000 years ago. The study, conducted in England and published in Science analyzed the DNA of 27 different dog remains from ancient cultures and compared them to modern dog breeds. The results indicate that dogs are descended from wolves, which is similar to the findings of previous research. Professor Greger Larson from the research team argues that dogs are our oldest and best friends among animals. The conclusion tells us that dogs are not only man’s best friend, but also his oldest friend.

The Origins of “Man’s Best Friend”

Scientific research supports the claim that dogs are man’s oldest domestic animals. However, the origins of the phrase “man’s best friend” can be traced back to a Supreme Court decision in the US in 1870. In the court case, George Graham Vest, an acclaimed lawyer, defends his client whose dog, Old Drum, had been shot and killed by his neighbor for entering his garden. Vest argues that the perpetrator killed “a family member,” not just a dog. Vest’s words “The only unselfish friend a man can have in this selfish world is his dog” became well-known, and the phrase “dogs are man’s best friend” has been used ever since.

Get a Dog for a Longer and Healthier Life

In addition to the contributions of dogs to humanity, having a dog as a companion has many personal benefits. Experts claim that owning a dog can increase life expectancy and lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases as they encourage more physical activity, provide companionship, reduce asthma and allergy-related illnesses in children, and offer more opportunities for socialization. Of course, these benefits can only be achieved if they are well-trained and exercised regularly. Proper hygiene is crucial to prevent any environmental hazards such as dust, which may affect your pet’s health negatively. If you offer proper care and affection, you will get to experience an immeasurable amount of love from your furry friend.

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