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Are Dogs The Descendants Of Wolves?

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Dogs and wolves belong to the same species Canis lupus as well as the same family Canidae; the DNA code of dogs and wolves has been found to be almost identical and most domestic dogs of today are believed to be the descendants of the grey wolf better known as the timber wolf. Various traits like hunting in packs as well as similar features like the muzzle and body structure have further supported this theory.

It is widely believed that man as he evolved from a nomadic lifestyle to a settled one, domesticated certain species of wolves which were in later times bred selectively according to their special characteristics according to their use for hunting or retrieving, herding animals or guarding dwelling places.

According to some theories dogs are descendants of animals like jackals and coyotes along with wolves with geography playing a vital part in the process; some researchers cite the example of the dingo a wild dog found in Australia which displays characteristics similar to dogs as well as wolves said to be a prototype of the wolves to dogs transformation process that evolved in isolation from other breeds.
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Not all dogs are the descendants of wolves. The modern day breeds are actually very far from being related to wolves. Sorry I am only ten and don't know any more.
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Yes, dogs are Canis lupus familiaris they are a species of canines evolved for life with humans, I should know , I am a wolf freak as you can tell by my avatar
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Yes dogs are descended from the gray wolf.
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That's why we need to start feeding our dogs like how they eat in the wild.  RAW DIET and not processed fiber packaged dog food from the grocery stores if we love our animals and want them to live long and happy lives.  Please look into it and be kind to your animal.  I feed my dog raw diet and in fact I make it for her.  She eats a quarter of chicken (raw w/ the bones) a dog roughly $.79 a lb at the store.  She also gets a carrot for snack.  NO MORE DOG FOOD.  I know what goes in her and healthier for her and it shows in her coat, eyes and body mass.  She crunches the bones.  It will not kill her if she eats it raw.  NO COOKED CHICKEN and BONES!!!
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I agree with all the comments.. And as a personal experience.. My own dog (a beagle) howls  exactly like a wolf when he feels lonely. "Ahh-Ooooo". It sounds kinda cool actually.

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