Q: if the ancestor of the dog is th wolf then why do dogs bark more than they like to howl?
July 17, 2009 | By 323spunky | 4 answers | Expired: 2094 days ago
why do dogs bark more than they howl if their ancestors are the wolfs?
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Jul 31, 2009
Purebred wolves howl to communicate with each other & let each member of the pack know their location. The wolf genetics in dogs have diluted down through centuries of breeding with various dog breeds, some that are extinct now. Dogs still howl, some more than others. Some dogs don't howl at all. Some dogs are known to howl when left alone. This is thought to be a throwback to their wolf ancestry where they are trying to reestablish a connection with their pack, ie: their owners.
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Jul 19, 2009
Historically speaking dogs were bred from many different canine off shoots like Foxes, Coyotes, and other types of wild dogs. This was done many thousands of years ago by ancient people making friends with the less wary of the wild dogs that came scavanging for food around the human camp. Over time we bred them to communicate with us and eachother in a manner that was different than what was needed living in the wild. So as a result of humans selecting positive traits, and thousands of years living with us the howl has evolved to the bark of a domesticated dog :) How's that for knowing useless info :)
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