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People often wonder if dogs sniff out hidden drugs because they want to eat them, or because they're addicted to drugs themselves. In fact, the dogs have absolutely no interest in drugs. What they're actually looking for is their favorite toy . Their training has led them to associate that toy with the smell of drugs. The toy used most often is a white towel.
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Dogs have been selectively bred for thousands of years, sometimes by inbreeding dogs from the same ancestral lines, sometimes by mixing dogs from very different lines. [ 1 ] The process continues today, resulting in a wide variety of breeds , hybrids and types of dog. Centuries of selective breeding by humans has resulted in dogs being considerable more genetically diverse then most other mammals, and as such dogs are the only animal with such a wide variation in appearance without speciation , "from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane". [ 2 ] The following list uses a wide interpretation of "breed".
13 Jul Large dogs can bring lots of fun and joy to a household, and kids especially love them. Despite their size, these “gentle giants” are generally loyal, well-tempered and good-natured creatures. If you are considering a large dog, here are several dog breeds consistently found in the top “biggest dogs” lists, measured by weight, height, and length.
We’ve gathered a wide sample of dog breeds, sharpened their No. 2 pencils (you know, no opposable thumbs), and asked them to fill out a simple intelligence questionnaire. Okay, maybe not. But PetMD did come up a list of the top ten smartest canine breeds in the world. See if your dog’s breed makes the grade. #10 Australian Cattle Dog Yes, that Australian Cattle Dog from Down Under.
A coal baron from China now owns the world’s most expensive dog, a red Tibetan mastiff named Big Splash or Hong Dong in Chinese. He shelled out 10 million Chinese yuan, or about $1.5 million, for the pricey pet, which is seen as a status symbol in China. Read more at the Daily Mail .
May 21, 2012 — Cross-breeding of dogs over thousands of years has made it extremely difficult to trace the ancient genetic roots of today's pets, according to a new study led by Durham University. An international team of scientists analyzed data of the genetic make-up of modern-day dogs, alongside an assessment of the global archaeological record of dog remains, and found that modern breeds genetically have little in common with their ancient ancestors. Dogs were the first domesticated animals and the researchers say their findings will ultimately lead to greater understanding of dogs' origins and the development of early human civilization. Although many modern breeds look like those depicted in ancient texts or in Egyptian pyramids, cross-breeding across thousands of years has meant that it is not accurate to label any modern breeds as "ancient," the researchers said.
What's the Big Idea? Perhaps the better question is, do humans speak dog? Either way, the debate over whether language is unique to humans, or a faculty also possessed by wild and domestic animals from dogs to apes to dolphins, is an interesting one.
A New Portrait Book on the Dogs of the Iditarod By Adventure Lab Ring A Fing.
The recent recalls of millions of pounds of moist pet food containing wheat gluten, spurred by the kidney failure and death of cats and dogs across the country, exposed one of the dirty secrets of the industry. From a single plant in Canada, the formerly relatively unknown Menu Foods was churning out pet food and selling it under dozens of different names, from high-end labels like Eukanuba and Iams to budget house brands for the Winn Dixie, Save-A-Lot, and Publix supermarket chains. Now, other companies are also recalling their pet food. It’s unclear what, exactly, has contaminated the food; the New York Times has reported that both a rat poison and a fertilizer have been detected in laboratory tests. But whatever the outcome, pet owners are justifiably worried about their animals’ food supply.
We imagine many of our readers are strict adherents to the Primal Blueprint . You’re downing almonds by the bushel, guzzling fish oil , and avoiding grains like the plague , but what are you feeding Fido? Our bodies have had over ten thousand years to get used to agrarianism – and the stuff is still killing us!