The Early History of Dogs

Dog History

There is no incongruity in the idea that in the very earliest period of man’s habitation of this world he made a friend and companion of some sort of aboriginal representative of our modern four-legged friend, and that in return for its aid in protecting him from dangerous predators, and in guarding his sheep and goats, he gave it a share of his food, a place in his home, and grew to trust and care for it.

Probably the animal was originally little else than an unusually gentle jackal, or an ailing wolf driven by its companions in the wild marauding pack to seek shelter in alien surroundings. Another possibility is that certain packs of wild dogs or wolves were scavenging for food and happened upon some generous people. It’s also easy to picture early hunters bringing home wild puppies to be raised by the family.

Dogs introduced into the home as playthings for the children would grow to regard themselves, and be regarded, as members of the family.

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