Dogs have played an important role in many societies around the globe for thousands of years. The word “dogs” originates from the Old English word “dok” which meant wild beast. From this root word evolved into many other related terms such as dog, dogs, felines, and dogs among many others. These dogs were generally used to guard or protect people, especially in tribes and families.
The domestic dog is now a widespread wolf-like canid which is found worldwide, including in North America, Eastern Asia, Africa, Australia, and in Europe. The domestic dog evolved from an extinct prehistoric wolf, which was the nearest living relative of the domestic dogs we have today. Throughout history, dogs have been domesticated for a variety of reasons including for hunting, companionship, and displaying loyalty to a master or a family. In addition, dogs are used in certain religions such as Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.
There are four main breeds of dogs in the world: the Affenpinscher, Anatolian, Old English Sheepdog, and the Shar Pei. Gray wolves are the only breed that cannot be breed with other dogs. Gray wolves are closely related to the domestic dog and share many of the same characteristics including: low energy level, long ears, gray skin color, small bodies, and red eyes. Domestic dogs are often very friendly and gentle; however, some dogs may display dominant behavior towards humans or other dogs.