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Dogs : New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution

Dogs : New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226115634

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ISBN13: 978-0226115634
ISBN10: 0226115631
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 2002
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Dogs : New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226115634

Raymond Coppinger

ISBN13: 978-0226115634
ISBN10: 0226115631
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Biologists, breeders and trainers, and champion sled dog racers, Raymond and Lorna Coppinger have more than four decades of experience with literally thousands of dogs. Offering a scientifically informed perspective on canines and their relations with humans, the Coppingers take a close look at eight different types of dogshousehold, village, livestock guarding, herding, sled-pulling, pointing, retrieving, and hound. They argue that dogs did not evolve directly from wolves, nor were they trained by early humans; instead they domesticated themselves to exploit a new ecological niche: Mesolithic village dumps. Tracing the evolution of today's breeds from these village dogs, the Coppingers show how characteristic shapes and behaviorsfrom pointing and baying to the sleek shapes of running dogsarise from both genetic heritage and the environments in which pups are raised. For both dogs and humans to get the most out of each other, we need to understand and adapt to the biological needs and dispositions of our canine companions, just as they have to ours.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface: The Right Kind of Dog
Introduction: Studying Dogs

Part I. The Evolution of the Basic Dog: Commensalism

Chapter 1. Wolves Evolve into Dogs

Chapter 2. Village Dogs

Chapter 3. Natural Breeds

Part II. Working Dogs and People: Mutualism

Chapter 4. Developmental Environments

Chapter 5. The Physical Conformation of a Breed

Chapter 6. Behavioral Conformation

Part III. Are People the Dog's Best Friend? Parasitism, Amensalism, and Dulosis

Chapter 7. Household Dogs

Chapter 8. Assistance Dogs

Part IV. The Tail Wags the Dog

Chapter 9. What's in the Name Canis familiaris?

Chapter 10. The Age of the Dog

Chapter 11. Why Dogs Look the Way They Do

Chapter 12. ConclusionBibliographyIndex

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