Dogs as we know them today were descended from a small weasel like mammal called Miacis, the fox and wolves also were dissented from this small creature. The Miacis was a tree dweller which existed around 40 million years ago. Dogs first appeared in Eurasia, thirteen thousand years ago and are thought to be a direct descended of the small grey wolf.
Interesting, isn’t it?
While you are here, why not check out the other interesting facts about dogs we have gathered here:
- Dingo’s are thought to have originated in Australia were actually brought by immigrants to the area thousands of years ago.
- Unbelievably, the Palaeolithic cave dwellers were the first to domesticate dogs, through breeding the dogs over thousands of years; they gradually became the breeds known to us today.
- Dogs have about 25 times more olfactory (smell) receptors than humans, the receptors occur in special sniffing cells deep in a dog’s snout, which allows the dog to "out-smell" humans. Dogs are known to have as many as five million sensory smelling cells, for example, a Dachshund has one hundred and twenty five million sensory smelling cells.
- The oldest living dog on record was a Queensland Heeler by the name of Bluey; he lived to be 29 years and five months of age. Bluey lived in Victoria, Australia, this breed of dog usually, lives on the average of fifteen years.
- A dog at one year of age is as physically mature as a 15-year-old human.
- Some of the tallest dogs in the world are the Irish Wolfhound and the Great Dane.
- An important fact to remember, a pup cannot control their bladder function throughout the night, until they are at least four months old. Until your pup is completely house broken you may want to keep them in a crate overnight.
- Pups will chew on clothing or shoes that are left lying around, when their masters are away from home; due to these articles have the scent of their masters on them.
- Dogs have been used as hunters, guard dogs, eyes for the blind and handicapped as well as drug and explosive detectors for years. In early years, the dogs were used as herders and rodent controllers on farms.
- The Mastiff breed wearing armor was used, in the middle ages for carrying spikes and pots of flaming sulphur and resin while running into battle against mounted knights.
- Russians used dogs to run suicide missions between the tracks of German tanks, while having explosive mines strapped to their backs.