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There are over 400 different recognized breeds of dogs worldwide and almost every year the AKC recognizes new dog breeds and enters them into their official dog breed list. The newest dog breeds to be recognized by the AKC for the year 2018 are the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. But, let’s face it, no matter how many dogs there are – we all know that ours is the best dog ever! Right?
Dogs are wonderful companions and truly our best friends. The origin of the domestic dog
is not clear. The domestic dog is a member of the genus Canis
, which forms part of the wolf-like canids
, and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore
. The dog was the first species to be domesticated. All modern dogs are generally believed to be descended from Tomarctus,
a stealthy predator that roamed the plains and grasslands of North America approximately ten to fifteen million years ago. Wolves, jackals, and coyotes are also believed to be descendants of Tomarctus.