According to research, all 192 different types of dog breeds we have today, came from one species.
Some experts suggest that these four-legged companions evolved from the central Asian grey wolf about 30,000 thousand years ago. Others believe that even though dogs are the direct descendants of wolves, they don’t necessarily come from the same gray wolf that some suggest.
Scientists say domesticated wolves began slowly evolving into dogs after years and years of interbreeding. That interbreeding caused genetic mutations which led to dogs being born in different shapes, sizes and colors.
Eventually, human beings began breeding domesticated silver foxes, making them more conducive to human interaction. These foxes soon began to exhibit some of the same behaviors as domesticated dogs. Researchers found that taming almost any animal would make them more human-friendly.
What we now know is that while the domestication of dogs occurred more than 15,000 years ago, the boom in breeds only happened in the last several hundred years.
Many of the early dog breeds were cultured for herding, hunting and guarding but more recently, they have been bred for their temperament and physical attributes. Currently, there are about 192 recognized breeds in the U.S. and 400 recognized worldwide. Each one is different than the last.
By 1884, the American Kennel Club had begun keeping a registry of purebred dogs in the U.S.
Pet breeders underwent a rigorous process to have their pets certified with the AKC including providing proof that the breeding dogs were purebred and the DNA and genotype of the new dogs.
Two of the newest dogs added to the registry are the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, an energetic, friendly spaniel-like dog and the Grand Basset Griffin Vendeen, a laid back, intelligent breed that’s easy-going.
It was common for the predecessors of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje to be bred for duck hunting, while the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen was bred for hare hunting.
Once a dog is added to the AKC’s registry, they’re separated into six different categories: Working Group, Hound Group, Herding Group, Sporting Group, Toy Group and Terrier Group.
As a dog boarding facility, The Barking Lot sees many different kinds of pets. Some of the most popular ones today are “designer dogs” like Cockapoos – a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle and Labradoodles – a Labrador and Poodle mix.
As the breeding process continues to advance, the variety of dogs will only continue to grow.
The Barking Lot is proud to provide the Chicagoland area with doggie daycare, boarding services, grooming, and much more! Check out our website to learn more of what we at the Barking Lot do to keep you and your pups happy! Give us a call at (847) 205-3647 or visit us at 495 Lake Cook Road in Deerfield, IL 60015. We look forward to serving you.