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The history of dogs is thought to date back some 10,000 years or more, there are many different versions on how dogs developed. This page will serve as the table of contents to the rest of our breed specific dog history pages.


Dog Breed Histories:

If you're from North America you may want to read how Dogs arrived here on our America Dog History page.

Bloodhound Dog History

Chow Chow Dog History

Collie History

How the Dalmatian developed.

History of the Great Dane

Englilsh Mastiff

History of the English Bulldog

Newfoundland Dog History

History of the Poodle

History of the Schipperke

Old English Sheepdog history.

History of the St. Bernard


Here is a list of other Dog History pages we're currently working on:

Otterhound History
Irish Wolfhound History
History of the Deerhound
Borzoi or Russian Wolfhound History
History of the Greyhound
History of the Whippet
Foxhound History
Harrier and the Beagle History
Pointer Dog History
History of the Setters
History of the Retrievers
Sporting Spaniel History
The Basset Hound History
History of the Dachshund
Old Working Terrier History
White English Terrier History
Black and Tan Terrier History
Bull-Terrier History
Smooth Fox-Terrier History
Wire-Hair Fox-Terrier History
History of the Airedale Terrier
Bedlington Terrier History
Irish Terrier History
Welsh Terrier History
Scottish Terrier History
History of the West Highland White Terrier
Dandie Dinmont History
Skye and Clydesdale Terriers History
Yorkshire Terrier History
Pomeranian History
King Charles Spaniels History
Pekinese and Japanese History
Maltese Dog and the Pug History
Brussels Griffon History
Miniature Breeds History

and more to come...

We'll also be featuring articles on Breeding and Whelping, Some Common Ailments of the Dog and their Treatment and the Dog and the Law.

The scientific name for dog is Canis familiaris. Scientists believe that the dog developed from a animal called Miacis, which lived about 40 million years ago.

They think that Miacis was the ancestor of not only dogs but also other mammals such as bears, cats, raccoons and skunks. By about 15 million year ago, Tomarctus had developed. Tomarctus probably looked much liked a wolf and was much like the dog. From Tomarctus came all members of dog family such as, dogs, wolves, coyotes, jackals and foxes. Some believe that that modern dogs developed from small Asian wolves.

Wolves, jackals, foxes, and dogs are members of the family Canidae. And there exists today more than 800 true breeding types worldwide.


Even with this large number of different breeds, the common characteristics of a dog are fit muscles, high endurance, proportional balanced height and weight, and ability to use all five senses to the maximum, including a sixth sense which scientists call an electromagnetic sense that allows dogs to sense tremors and vibrations.

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