You may have noticed that on my featured rescue post for Rusty the Shar Pei, it said that the Shar Pei is "an ancient breed that is usually aloof and standoffish with strangers, but devoted to his family". I also mentioned it in the post about Cody the Akita: "Recent DNA analysis found that the Akita was among the most ancient dog breeds". I don't know if anyone caught that or not.
I did some digging two weeks ago when I ran into a similar sentence in a book I'm reading. It also mentioned "ancient breeds".
I thought I would share what I have found with all of you. Check this wiki page out that talks about ancient breeds. Here are a few clips:
"Fourteen ancient breeds of dog have recently been identified through advances in DNA analysis. These breeds of domesticated dog show the fewest genetic differences from wolves."
"DNA from dogs of 85 AKC-registered breeds (5 individuals per breed in most cases) were tested by Parker et al. This study had some surprises, especially the suggestion that three breeds – the Norwegian Elkhound, Pharaoh Hound and Ibizan Hound – are not as old as typically stated, but rather are more recent recreations of old types"
"Also, as there are some 400 known dog breeds (of which the AKC recognizes 166), it is possible that an extended study would reveal additional ancient breeds."
I'm glad they mentioned that an extended study would reveal additional ancient breeds.
The 14 dog breeds recognized are:
Anyway, I thought this an interesting bit of information so I figured I'd share.
I wonder if this would have any affect on the dogs' instincts? Or if it would change any of the motivators one would normally use for training? Interesting questions, but some that I can't answer ...