I have noticed that there seems to be some confusion about some of the 'ancient breeds' origins. This has probably been posted before, but I think it would be good for some of the newbies to see, if they haven't heard about it already.
Listed alphabetically, not in order of 'ancientness' (Did I just create a new word?)
1. Afghan Hound (Afgahnistan) 2. Akita (Japan ) 3. Alaskan Malamute (United States(Alaska)) 4. Basenji (Congo) 5. Chow Chow (China) 6. Lhasa Apso (Tibet) 7. Pekingese (China) 8. Saluki (Egypt, Persia) 9. Samoyed (Siberia) 10. Shar Pei (China) 11. Shiba Inu (Japan) 12. Shih Tzu (China/Tibet) 13. Siberian Husky (Siberia) Since this is my breed I know they've been around for at least 3,000 years. They were almost exterminated during the Stalinist rule b/c it was thought that they were not needed anymore b/c of motorized vehicles. That logic worked until they realized their motorized vehicles wouldn't run in the extreme cold! They were brought to America in the early 1900's and saved. There are few actual Siberian Huskies left in Siberia. 14. Tibetan Terrier (Tibet)
Pretty cool info. It will be even cooler when they expand their study to include some of the less popular breeds! I bet they'll find many more breeds as ancient or more so!
I know Wandering... For now they only did the study with the most popular AKC registered breeds. As I said at the end, it will be really cool to see who's the oldest after they widen the search a bit, won't it?
I think the Canaan Dog, and Izibian (sp?) hound were considered but their DNA showed that they are only newer versions of a much older breed. Not neccisarily modern, though. Just thinking out loud here (no data to back it up), but I wonder if someone 2000 years ago decided that they would revive the breeds (Canaan Dog, etc), and that's why their DNA is more 'modern'.
"Another aspect of the research that is important to remember is that only 85 breeds were used in the study, of some 152 breeds recognized by the AKC and of some 400 or more breeds known world-wide."
Not only AKC breeds were used. The 85 tested were breeds known world-wide, the majority of which were AKC. I'm sure it was a matter of $$ and logic when it came to testing, especially if a breed's history was a known factor. I mean, why test a JRT, for example, its history is well-known and it is obviously not an ancient breed. JMO, of course.
Oooops, I do not think that is a Saluki on the "Saluki" page, no not even a smooth Saluki. The dog pictured, I think, is a young Sloughi. The Saluki and the Sloughi look very much the same, however, the Sloughi has a much more graceful top-line and hind angulation. Where Salukis can look ribby and somewhat course, kind of like a shaven Afghan.
Ya, the Tibetan Mastiff (and/or Molossus) is the original breed. Almost every large breed spawns from them (or great pyranees). So, before you make a "newb" comment, do your research!! You can easily do research on your own, without relying on one or two websites.
Excuse me Feldubb, This was a widely published ACTUAL study done. I have done extensive research into both dog pshycology and behavior, been training for years, besides working with behavioral problems in dogs and with local shelters. Hardly a newbie, either to this forum or to the dog world. Maybe YOU should do more research into the subject. Dogs in general do not come from one specific breed. If you know anything about maternal DNA, you would know that it was next to impossible to trace to a specific breed. I am sorry to get snippy, but if you're going to insult my intelligence, that's what you get. I'm sure if you ask around this forum, I am a well-respected member. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say nuthin' at all!