DOGS and HISTORY
Even when an animal similar to the dog, appears hunting in the company of humans in European cave paintings made 50 thousand years ago, almost of all of the experts attribute the domestic dog a maximum antiquity of 15 thousand year. The most ancient canine skeleton that has been heard about appeared in 1979, in an excavation that was taking place in Yamaha (Israel) and is 12 thousand years old. The experts assure that the dog was the first animal that the human domesticated. The fossils from the beginning of the Bronze Age (about 6500 years ago) found up to now have aloud us to identify five big groups of primitive dogs, the five ones that have originated, through the history, by the selective breeding and diverse accidental mutation, hundreds of breeds: all of the canine breeds that currently exist. petzorb
The ancient Egyptians believed that a canine God (Anubis, the God of the dead) was in charge of conducting the souls of dead people up to the place in which they were going to be judged, deserving or not of the untruth-wordy life. Anubis appears always represented with dog or jackal head. Egyptians loved dogs very deeply and created many new canine breeds, by crossing dogs with jackals, wolves and foxes. Herodoto affirmed that the Egyptian used to feel sad and cried for the death of their cats and dogs. In fact, numerous canine mummies were found in the pharaoh graves. dog chew toys
Along history, dogs have been for man, from Gods to pupil and from hunters to meat for cooking. The following happenings illustrate the evolution of the dog in our society.
- Some human cultures considered (and keep on considering) the dog as food. It is said that the Romans used to appreciate cooked dog meat. The Aztecs that lived in the current Mexican territory use to breed small dogs to use them as food for the big carnivorous of their private zoos. The dog meat is still used in some parts of China.
- The King Canuto of England, Denmark and Norway (995 – 1025 approximately) prohibited the low population, the possession of lebrels –the best hunting dog known by thorn- restricting its use to the free men (Lords).
- In order to avoid the other dogs from competing with the king's lebrels, William the conqueror (1028 – 1087) ordered the entire owner to cut three fingers of each paw of their dogs in order to diminish their speed. Wholesale Dog Coats
- The lebrel became the favorite hunting dog of the nobility and the royalty in medieval times, what explains its recurrence as a heraldic motive.
- Many European tracker and racing dogs come from the Middle Ages, when hunting with dogs fashion got extended among the nobility.
- The histories of breeds and the pedigrees were systematically compiled in the XX century, when the first Kennel Club was founded. The first canine beauty contest was celebrated in Great Britain in 1859.
- The use of the dog as blind people's guide was originated in the First World War, when a German doctor was amazed when he discovered the dedication with which an Alsatian shepherd used to care and protect a blind man.
- In 1977 was created in San Francisco (United States), the first Dog Center for Deaf People. Since then, more and more dogs lend their ears to deaf people every time, increasing their independence, security and quality of life.