While many of the animals we know as domestic pets have been living closely with humans for hundreds of years, dogs have been living with humans for tens of thousands of years. Our early human ancestors mingled with the early ancestors of the grey wolf (canis lupus) and the domestic dog (canis lupus familiaris). Now, after thousands of generations of breeding, dogs have evolved into all shapes and sizes and accompanied humans in a unique relationship which has led them with us to colonise the entire planet. In the animal world, dogs really are mans best friend. While the little Chihuahua seems far removed from the mighty Wolf, Huskies with their athletic strength and build remind us of their wild cousins.
There are many breeds of dogs kept for their many different characters, as guards, shepherds, pest catchers, hunters or just companions and pets. A selection of our favourite and best known dogs are found below.