In Defence of Dogs

In Defence of Dogs

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A dog is not for Christmas. This is. John Bradshaw, one of the world's leading dog experts, brings us a compelling insight into what dogs would ask us for, if only they knew how. The dog has been mankind's faithful companion for tens of thousands of years, yet today finds itself in crisis throughout the western world. Until just over a hundred years ago, most dogs worked for their living, and each of the many breeds had become well suited, over countless generations, to the task for which they were bred. Now, in their purely domestic roles we fail to understand their needs. And it is time that someone stood up for dogdom: not the caricature of the wolf in a dog suit, ready to dominate its unsuspecting owner at the first sign of weakness, not the trophy animal that collects rosettes and kudos for its breeder, but the real dog, the pet that just wants to be one of the family and enjoy life. Biologists now know far more about what really makes dogs tick than they did twenty years ago, but this new understanding has been slow to percolate through to owners, and has not yet made enough of a difference to the lives of the dogs themselves. This book is here to set the record straight.However, this procedure, too, superficially seemsto suggest that dogs were domesticated much earlier than 20, 000 yearsago. A recentanalysis ofthe DNAthat codesfor thedoga#39;s immune system hasproduced an estimate ofseveral hundred thousand years sincedomestication, ... A similar degreeof diversity could occur if, say, several wolves had been domesticated, each of which had distinctive DNA.

Title:In Defence of Dogs
Author:John Bradshaw
Publisher:Penguin UK - 2011-07-11


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