T as household companions They seem to believe that dogs are "only worth having if you can use them for a working "worth having if you can use them for a working This conclusion is obviously NOT the conclusion that millions of people around the world including myself have come to But I do respect and recognize the vital importance of breeding for health and a working purpose over mere looks Dog shows and purebred fanciers only produce sick mutants And the Coppingers research clearly reinforces this This must be the most interesting and most important dog book I ve ever read I can t recommend this book enough to anyone who owns a dog It s written by Raymond Coppinger a professor in biology something that makes this book even betterToo much of dog literature are
"Written By People With No "by people with no in biology zoology or dog behaviour So this is one of the few dog books that is actualy rooted in science and it effectivly strips away a lot of old myths about dogs relations to wolves their origin and behaviour A very important book we really need to weed out so much of the established superstition and wrong thinking about dogs who they are and how they functionDo your dog and yourself a favour and read this book I read this book for a class I was teaching on the evolution of the human domestic dog relationship I was worried it might be too specialized for me but it was really accessible And informative A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin Behavior and Evolution Marking the first time that dogs have been explained in such detail by eminent researchers Dogs is a work of wide appeal as absorbing as it is enlightening Lorna and Raymond Coppinger explore the fascinating process by which dog breeds have evolved into their uniue shapes and behaviors Concentrating on five types of dogs modern household dogs village dogs livestock guarding dogs sled dogs and herding dogs the Coppingers internationally recognized canine ethologists and consummate dog lovers examine the our canine companions from a uniue viewpointThis book has a lot of great information for dog owners lovers and breeders Unfortunately they will not be reading it This book is so dry it took me weeks to get through it Imagine yourself reading a 325 page scientific abstractFascinating work but dry dry dry Coppinger has written an exceptionally important work and I have rated it highly for the ideas it contains not for the writing In my opinion Coppinger freuently reverts to a difficult and obtuse style which seems to me perhaps academic than general audience In spite of the sometimes annoying nature of the writing style the ideas that Coppinger has brought forward through decades of research have already revolutionized how we think of and look at dogs Since it was published in 2001 his ideas have spread like wildfire throughout the dog community even when people are not aware of it There are some people arguing against Coppinger s primary thesis but even their arguments have been changed by this Coppinger s primary thesis is that all dogs have evolved from village dogs and village dogs essentially probably domesticated themselves in order to take advantage of the waste
left by man He certainly has other themes in the book though One other is that theby man He certainly has other themes in the book though One other is that the idea of breeds and particularly breeding for looks instead of behavior has created dogs who are unhealthy and dying younger and younger in pursuit of those breed standards While I highly recommend reading Coppinger because of the importance of his ideas I can t tell you it will be a fun read although there are interesting and enjoyable anecdotes intersperse. Stic shapes and behaviors from pointing and baying to the sleek shapes of running dogs arise from both genetic heritage and the environments in which pups are raisedFor both dogs and humans to get the most out of each other we need to understand and adapt to the biological needs and dispositions of our canine companions just as they have to ours. This book gets a lot of points for in several chapters some of the most fascinating writing on dogs I ve encountered It also brought a different perspective compared to my usual fare Overall however the writing is muddy and in many chapters I struggled to follow the logic In some cases I even doubted the logic Still well worth the read for hard core dog people with an interest in science Caveat there has been a lot of research since 2001 when this book was published Lots of great science based information for anyone interested in dogs Recommended but I do feel some of the information may already need to be updated My book was copyrighted 2001 but the information seemed
dated we claim to love dogs and yetWe claim to love dogs and yet now so little about them We long for their unconditional affection but we are ignorant of their needs and our faults altogether Moreover we like to think dogs as wolves and believe that by law of atavism dogs reverse to their ancestral traits of predatory nature in a matter of time when they become forever off leash Since I am a Ageless Body, Timeless Mind kind of person who says hello to a dog I encounter in the streets this book captured my eyes and mind tonow about dogs a beautifully different organism worthy of our attention and care and to understand how they got their way and how their relationships with us can be enhanced so both species can thrive in mutual benefit based upon scientific and cultural examinations of our fido friends This book written principally by Raymond Coppinger professor of biology at Hampshire College a former sled dog racing champion and one of the greatest admirers of dogs with the help of co author Lorna Coppinger his wife who has written many articles about dogs is uniue among many other books about dogs I have read in terms of its scientific bases of anthropological and behavioral studies of canine familiaris ie the dog It invites readers to look at different types of dogs such as village guarding herding sled pulling hound and retrieving Both the Coppinger forthwith and forthright expound on a theory that dogs are not direct descendants of canis lupus the wolf although there may be only 001 difference between the genetic packages of dogs The authors challenge Darwinian evolutionary theory that people tamed and trained wild wolves to turn them into dogs and thus became what we are presently nown as dogs by suggesting dogs own natural selection of their being adopted to a niche created by humans for survival The foundation of such theory lies in the three factors of anthropological evidence behavioral ecology and Belyaeve s tamed foxes First the Coppingers take readers to to a village of Pemba an island off the East African coast in the territory of Tanzania where the inhabitants still live on a boundary between humting gathering of the Mesolithic period and agriculture of the Neolithic period In Pemba dogs exemplify village dogs all unleashed freely roaming for scrapes of food and being casually fed by the villagers by showing the uniformity of shapes sizes and colors of the coats which shows isolated gene pool untainted by any other strain of dog that introduce a variation in appearance This in fact signals intense artificial
SELECTIVE BREEDING PRESSURE SO COMMON IN MANY OF MODERNbreeding pressure so common in many of modern to breed the purest pedigree of dog Based upon their log term observations these Pemba village dogs have co habituated with their human inhabitants by selecting to claim a niche close to human existence as a place of steady supply of food safety and reproduction thus leading to a conclusion that they are the descendants of th. Biologists breeders and trainers and champion sled dog racers Raymond and Lorna Coppinger have than four decades of experience with literally thousands of dogs Offering a scientifically informed perspective on canines and their relations with humans the Coppingers take a close look at eight different types of dogs household village livestock gua. E first evolved domestic dogs from the Mesolithic period of human history In fact such theory is further expounded by the following model of dog from wolf genesis as follows Domestic Naturally tamable naturally trainable First people created a new niche called the village Then some curious minded wolves came to the niche and gained access to a new food source available without going to hunt So theses smart wolves adopted to this new convenient niche are genetically predisposed to show less flight distance than those of their wild peers Conseuently these tamer wolves gained selective advantage in the new niche over their
wild peers who still have to search and hunt for food in wildernesspeers who still have to search and hunt for food in wilderness scenario of domesticated dogs is corroborated by a Russian geneticist named Dmitri Belyaev s long term experiment with the Russian Silver Foxes that after 18 generations 36 years on our evolutionary clockbecame naturally tamed without showing flight distance from the presence of humans and remarkably resembled dogs in appearance and temperament With respect to the genesis of dog the Coppinger ardently disagrees to the wolf turned dog theory Although they excuse themselves using the word a wolf or wolves in explaining the aforesaid theory on domestication because they can t find any other euivalent species to account for that the dogs are not wolves is the bedrock of their belief in the genesis of the dog species Rather dogs descended from a wolf like species that became extinct is their paramount contention to the widely accepted opinion This wolf like species a missing link might possess a characteristic of the neoteny theory by which dogs developed their shapes and behaviors by retaining wolfish juvenile shapes and features such as round and short facial shape with floppy ears and care soliciting behaviors especially when asking for food and attention into adulthood That is by retaining the cute and lovable appearance of wolf puppies into adulthood the behavioral developments of dogs still remain in perpetual juvenile stage which make themselves well adopted to the human inhibition and thus able to survive in their niches for their safe existence Dogs are one of the fewest animals who share our lives and reuire our tender attention and care for the reasons in light of the above and most of all the feeling we get when we see the eyes of dogs that are so soulful and insightful They are vulnerable to a lack of food and safety and most sadly do not live longer than we do If we profess to love dogs the relationship should not be one way street demanding their unconditional loyalty or well disciplined behaviors as if they were our inferiors In this book on dogs the Coppinger ask us to take a close look at our canine fellows in their true form based upon their biological needs and behavioral tendencies love them as they are and treat them as a wonderful creature of nature that has been with us for so many years in our human history Don t forget the little heartbeat when your dog is at your feet Never forget that they are only dogs Contained some useful information but was written with an extremely biased snobby attitude towards pet owners extremely biased snobby attitude towards pet owners book asked uestions then providing answers I did not like this book and would not recommend it Interesting to me because I always like reading hard science about dogs but the Coppingers are SO intense about them often in unreasonable ways For example although I agree with them that dogs are best bred if they still preserve a working line I disagree that dogs are just worthless parasites their words if ep. Rding herding sled pulling pointing retrieving and hound They argue that dogs did not evolve directly from wolves nor were they trained by early humans; instead they domesticated themselves to exploit a new ecological niche Mesolithic village dumps Tracing the evolution of today's breeds from these village dogs the Coppingers show how characteri.