This Archive includes the best of the History of the Dog articles featured on Working Dogs Cyberzine since 1996.
German Shepherd dog breeder Janice L. Bartmess reviews the history of DDR (East German) lines and the economic and political pressures that generated the divergence of the characteristic DDR lines from the remainder of the GSD genetic pool in Europe; and how that contributed to the importance of these bloodlines for the viability of the breed today.
K9 Soldiers Should Take a Bite Out of Bugs eloquently expresses the history and accomplishments of K9 soldiers in the heat of battle. Renowned anthropologist and author Mary Elizabeth Thurston issues a call for recognition of the war dogs and their boundless courage and remarkable devotion to the servicemen they unconditionally served and loved.
A history association in Colorado is looking for old working dog equipment from the '40s and needs your help building their living history display. Can you help?
Anthropologist Mary Elizabeth Thurston, well-known author of The Lost History of the Canine Race, publishes her first in our exclusive series of fascinating essays about the history of the dog.
Anthropologist Mary Elizabeth Thurston, well-known author of The Lost History of the Canine Race, publishes her second in our exclusive series of brief essays about the fascinating history of the dog, a heartbending story of one soldier's profound love and respect for his military K9 partner.
Put your paws up for history's 4 most heroic dogs Sat, 23 May 2015 04:30:00 GMT This Memorial Day, meet 4 furry soldiers whose heroics have earned them their place in US history. The New Haven, Conn.-born Boston terrier was smuggled aboard a Paris-bound ship by Cpl. Robert Conroy in 1917, and became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry. Read more
Dogs have been man's best friend for much longer than we thought, a study suggests Thu, 21 May 2015 22:08:00 GMT [What the history of dogs tells us about civilization in the Americas] Earlier work estimated genetic mutation rates that were much faster than what these researchers found. But the mutation rate in the Taimyr wolf genome was just half of what had been ... Read more
Family Tree of Dogs and Wolves Is Found to Split Earlier Than Thought Thu, 21 May 2015 11:46:00 GMT ... some dog-park bragging rights to owners of Siberian huskies and Greenland sled dogs, which have inherited a portion of their genes from the Taimyr wolf. The history of dogs is still murky, however, because it seems that different kinds of wolves and ... Read more
Dogs split from the wolf pack earlier than thought, DNA analysis suggests Fri, 22 May 2015 16:44:00 GMT A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man's best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves as many as 27,000 to 40,000 years ago not 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, as earlier genome research had proposed. Read more