Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution
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 dogs—household, 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 behaviors—from pointing and baying to the sleek shapes of running dogs—arise 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.
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THE EVOLUTION OF THE BASIC DOG COMMENSALISM
Wolves Evolve into Dogs
THE PINOCCHIO HYPOTHESIS OF DOG ORIGIN
TAMING THE WOLF
TRAINING THE WOLF
DOMESTICATING THE WOLF
SPECIATION REQUIRES POPULATIONS THAT EVOLVENOT INDIVIDUALS
SPECIATION REQUIRES DIFFERENTIAL MORTALITY
THE VALUE OF THE BREED STANDARD
THE BORDER COLLIES BEHAVIORAL CONFORMATION
ARE PEOPLE THE DOGS BEST FRIEND? PARASITISM AMENSALISM AND DULOSIS
MEASURING THE BENEFIT TO HUMANS OF THE HOUSEHOLD DOG
THE MESOLITHIC ISLAND
PEOPLE BECOME CONSCIOUS OF DOGS
WORKING DOGS AND PEOPLE MUTUALISM
DISTRIBUTING AND MIXING GENES
EVOLVING THE SIZE AND SHAPE
SELECTING FOR COLOR
The Physical Conformation of a Breed
THE SHAPE OF THE TEAM
RUNNING IS SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
THE SOCIETY OF A SLED DOG TEAM
THE TAIL WAGS THE DOG
Whats in the Name Canis familiaris?
The Age of the Dog
Why Dogs Look the Way They Do
HOW TO CHANGE SIZE
HOW TO CHANGE SHAPE
THE SHAPE OF INTELLIGENCE
RAPID EVOLUTION OF BREEDS
NEOTENY PAEDOMORPHISM AND THE EVOLUTION OF DOGS FROM WOLVES