Everyone loves the Westminster Dog Show in New York City. (Well, maybe not cat people, but I'll give them a pass.) It starts tonight up in Manhattan.
My house is overrun by dogs -- three of them, two rescues and one we bought from a litter of Dachshunds. (We also have a cat with a stomach ailment, which is why I'm giving cat people a pass.) That said, I'm always curious about the science behind domesticated dogs and how they came to be.
Luckily, the fine journalists at Reuters have given us this: "Good Dogs."
It starts this way:
"Dogs have been companions to humans for thousands of years. As the relationship has developed, so have various breeds — in response to both their environment and duties. Herding, hunting and guarding were among the initial types of work, but companionship has been a durable trait in the success of all breeds."
Hooked, aren't ya?
My favorite stat is a simple one. There are 89.7 million pet dogs in the United States, some high-class dogs, others just mutts. The color-coded U.S. map that shows which breeds are most popular in certain areas (based on AKC registrations) is cool, too. Enjoy.
Oh, and if a dachshund wins Best in Show this week, I'm throwing a party. Everyone's invited. It's BYOD -- bring your own dog, of course.
-- Phillip Tutor