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    Domestication of wolves

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    I listened to John Bachelor interview a scientist on the domestication of wolves. They now have a complete genome of a tamir(sp) wolf and can be confident they can trace domestication back 16,000 years and possibly much more, as much as 35,000 years or back to the end of the ice age. They believe the Iceland Sled dog and Husky were two of the earliest domesticated. When they find some fossils of the various dogs they can then determine the genome of the animal and have more specific time line. Amazing science.

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    • #3
      Interesting. I have to wonder about the first "domesticated" wolf - was it a pup that was raised by humans? I can't imagine an adult being tamed.

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        The bones of these dogs are thin,fragile and may not have survived that kind of time period. However, sure would be nice if some were found, maybe encased in ice.
        My wife and I have owned Siberian Huskies for many years, it is remarkable how similar their behavior is to a wolf's. Including the hunting and killing of prey.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by charlie elk View Post
          The bones of these dogs are thin,fragile and may not have survived that kind of time period. However, sure would be nice if some were found, maybe encased in ice.
          My wife and I have owned Siberian Huskies for many years, it is remarkable how similar their behavior is to a wolf's. Including the hunting and killing of prey.
          I'm not a fan of huskies, never have been. Just not my thing. Something about their eyes gives me the creeps.

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          • #6
            Huntfishtrap, what is it about a Siberian Husky's eyes that scare you?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by charlie elk View Post
              The bones of these dogs are thin,fragile and may not have survived that kind of time period. However, sure would be nice if some were found, maybe encased in ice.
              My wife and I have owned Siberian Huskies for many years, it is remarkable how similar their behavior is to a wolf's. Including the hunting and killing of prey.
              What?! I didn't think you were a wimp.
              See husky Jaz in the answer.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by charlie elk View Post
                Huntfishtrap, what is it about a Siberian Husky's eyes that scare you?
                How can anyone be afraid or get the creeps from a husky? That is besides huntfishtrap. ;-)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by charlie elk View Post
                  Huntfishtrap, what is it about a Siberian Husky's eyes that scare you?
                  Well charlie, I will admit, THAT one does look fairly harmless. But it doesn't have blue eyes either. In regard to my being a "wimp" - I seem to recall something about you confessing to being creeped out by snakes... ;-) In all seriousness, we all have our little phobias. I can't really explain it, other than I'm not really a big dog-lover in general. And something about a blue-eyed animal just seems unnatural.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by charlie elk View Post
                    The bones of these dogs are thin,fragile and may not have survived that kind of time period. However, sure would be nice if some were found, maybe encased in ice.
                    My wife and I have owned Siberian Huskies for many years, it is remarkable how similar their behavior is to a wolf's. Including the hunting and killing of prey.
                    What can I say...other than, how do you like snakes? ;-)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by charlie elk View Post
                      Huntfishtrap, what is it about a Siberian Husky's eyes that scare you?
                      Snowflake looks real nice. Is it hard to keep her clean?
                      A relative has an all white and all black siblings and the white one is definitely more work.
                      BTW, the black male just won his MACH designation. That is 'Master Agility Champion'.
                      Quite an accomplishment as a dog has to run 20 perfect courses in under the set time limits to get the title. Sometimes you see a competition on TV where they race around the course and do all the obstacles. Any breed is capable of doing it with a lot of training and desire on the dogs part.

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                      • #12
                        I'm not a fan of having pets. However, I'll probably get one if I ever move into a rural area. But the dog will need to earn its keep by helping guard the place, hunt, and track wounded deer.

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