Friday, July 19, 2013

Fittest dog ever?

As part of a series on animals thriving in human-dominated landscapes (think crows or raccoons in the northern hemisphere, and dogs pretty much everywhere), I had to do another on dogs because this is the smartest / best-trained one ever.

Humans and dogs go way back, and a new study suggests that several of our genes and dogs' genes have evolved in parallel, perhaps due to living in crowded conditions that would favor survival and reproduction of dogs that were more docile, cute, and affectionate. And probably smart as well, as you can see here:

This dog is super fit in more ways than one. We were happy when our dogs would sit or stay for a few seconds! Jumping on cue was out of the question.

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