Canaan dogs and desert pariahs



view:  full / summary

Should free living desert dogs be rescued and aided.

Posted by duncanschroeter on March 25, 2014 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Should free living dogs be “rescued”

When free living dogs are seen, often the first reaction of dog lovers is to want to help or rescue them. Others say they are “wild” and should be left strictly alone in the world of nature. There are a number of factors that should be kept in mind when making a decision on this.

Archaeological evidence shows the presence of dogs in the Middle East for thousands of years and of dogs resembling today’s desert paria...

Read Full Post »

Canaan dogs versus desert dogs

Posted by duncanschroeter on March 1, 2013 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

There is much evidence that dogs with the appearance of todays “desert dogs” as well as sight-hounds have lived in the middle-east and North Africa for thousands of years. This makes them one of the oldest dog types in the world. One of the differences between wolves and dogs is dogs preference for scavenging from mans’ leftovers rather than hunting as do other truly wild canine including wolves. Indeed it may be that this difference was a major factor in initial domesticati...

Read Full Post »

Dogs in ancient Egypt

Posted by duncanschroeter on April 15, 2012 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (108)

Dogs have lived in Egypt for thousands of years and there are many artistic depictions of them. These include both carvings and paintings. Thousands of mummified dogs were placed in one tomb that has been known for some time but only recently properly studied. Many of these dogs may have been killed as part of a ritual but some had received better and more careful treatment and were likely to have been loved pets.

A number of distinctly different breeds were recognised. Rosellini attem...

Read Full Post »

Desert pariah dogs of Arabia

Posted by duncanschroeter on January 1, 2012 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dogs are believed to be  the first domesticated animal. It has long been thought that this domestication occured in the fertile crescent of the middle-east where man first learnt to cultivate crops and settled in permanent non-nomadic life style. In fact it is probably wolves that first lived with man and that this association led to the changes in wolf morphology resulting in what we now call dogs. This place of origin is based on archeological evidence but recent genetic...

Read Full Post »