The Canine Family Tree ~ Now You Know

News

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here, I was asked by D. Milton, if there was a canine family tree. Her timing was rather good. A team of researchers have just released their findings after collecting genetic samples from 161 different dog breeds over twenty years.

The majority of the breeds tested so far (about half of those in existence) fall into twenty three groups called clades which are loosely based on geographic location, physical characteristics & skills such as herding or hunting.

For much of our history with humans, although we were companions we were also used for practical purposes. Humans picked the best hunters, house guards, or herders to be their best friend, depending on their needs. It has only been within the last 300 years that we have started to be selected for our looks.

Among other things learned, it turns out that breeders have used pugs, which originated in China & are one of the earliest small breeds of dog, to shrink other European breeds beginning in the 1500s.

With only half of all breeds on the tree so far it will be fascinating to see this research expanded. But remember, at the end of it all, a dog is a dog.

The canine family tree, now you know.

CEO Olivia

Tail Docking

Health

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Some dogs have had there tails cut short. This is known as docking. Why is it done? Basically for looks. Some claim it prevents active dogs from injuring their tails but this is a weak argument with little science to back it up.

Tail docking is usually done when the dog is just a few days old. It’s painful & is often done with out pain medication. Since it is unregulated in many places, it’s often carried out not by qualified vets but by breeders.

We feel docking is cruel, unnecessary & provides no benefit to the dog. Dogs communicate emotions like anger & excitement by wagging their tails, so docking may even interfere with a dog’s ability to interact with other dogs.

Tail docking is banned in many parts of the world, including Australia, the U.K., & parts of Europe. In the U.S. & most of Canada, these procedures are unregulated — meaning they are not banned or controlled. At the moment, Canada has no federal law banning pet cosmetic surgery. However, docking is illegal in P.E.I., Newfoundland & Labrador.

We hope to see an end to this practice. No dog should lose it’s tail to look “perfect”. It should be noted that both the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) & the AKC (American Kennel Club) are against the banning of this practice.  However, more & more Vets are refusing to perform this needless cosmetic surgery.

CEO Olivia