Research Notes Jessica

Books Used

Author: Jan Bondeson
Title: Amazing Dogs
Made: New York, 2011

Author: Caroline Coile
Title: Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds
Made: New York, 1998

Author: American Kennel Club
Title: The Complete Dog Book
Made: New York, 1985

Dog Breeds


All of the breeds of dogs come from the same exact ancestor. The reason that dogs don't look all the same, is because they are a mixed descent from many other wild species along with the one dog. The shape of dog heads and teeth come from small wolves. Dogs are said to be bred from a wolf and a golden jackal. The first dog was found in either Europe or Asia. A fragment of jaw was found in Germany and it was thought to be around 14,000 years old, which may be the oldest remains of a domestic dog. Bone fragments were also found in Iraq where the entire skeleton of a four to five month old puppy which was buried with their owner about 12,000 years ago. These and other discoveries indicate that wolves were domesticated before any other discoveries.


Many tests were done on dogs to see where they come from. There was a behavior test done to find out the behavior patterns. The patterns show behavior of some wolf ancestry. In one study, it showed that of a total of ninety different behavior patterns recorded, only nineteen were not found in wolves. The nineteen that are not found in wolves, are most likely in wolves, but it just hasn't been tested yet.

Having a Healthy Dog

To have a healthy dog, they must have proper nutrition,they must be groomed regularly, they must exercise at least once a week, they should be taught good behavior, they need vaccinations, and most importantly, lots of love. Dogs can't say what they feel, so the owners must pay attention to the dogs to try to figure out what they need. Every dog is an individual with their own personality. What might be normal to one dog, could be really strange and not helpful for another. That is the hard part of owning more than one dog. You need to find stuff for all the dogs you own, because not all dogs are interested in the same things. You need to know your dog very well, to know if they are sick. If you don't know your dog very well, then you might not be able to know if the are sick. Some dogs act a certain way when they are sick, and others may act that way when they are not.


  1. Food Poisoning
  • Caused by eating bad food
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

2. Gastritis

  • Inflammation of stomach
  • Poor appetite
  • Vomiting

3. Gastric Dilation/Torsion

  • Lots of gas
  • Life threatening
  • Occurs most in bloodhounds, Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds, and Irish Setters
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