Friday, April 12, 2013

Fun facts about the dog's history

All dogs can be traced back 40 million years to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis. It lived in trees and dens. Later, the Miacis evolved into a Tomarctus, and from there into Canis, which includes wolves, jackals, dogs, and more.

The first dogs as we know them were wolves who sought out humans over 12,000 years ago.

Most people know the ancient Egyptians revered cats. They also cherished their dogs. When a pet dog died, the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned aloud for days.

Going further east, the Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important they had their own servants and were carried around trade routs. The Pekingese were allegedly worshipped in some temples in China.

The most dogs ever owned by one single person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.

All this is according to the webpage 99 fun facts about dogs. =)

4 comments:

  1. So the only question would be did one person walk all 5000 Mastiffs at one time??? We had a vet friend in Germany that bred huskies and she would go jogging in the woods with 20-25 huskies off leash every morning. It was amazing but 5000??? Maybe not ;)

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    1. Wow, jogging with 25 huskies. I wish I could see that. =D

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  2. Wow - that is a lot of Mastiffs! And such a huge breed... oh my gosh.

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    1. I've been trying to figure out how much room they would require. That's a lot of dogs, even for an emperor...

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