How dogs became man’s best friend

From violent predator to cuddly pup

Stars Insider

15/02/21 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE History

Many people don't think twice about having a dog in the home, and indeed it has been the norm for longer than any of us can remember. But have you ever wondered how those living animals in our most intimate of spaces evolved from wild predator to cuddly playmate?

Dogs are worshipped in society, and the billion-dollar pet industry is proof of that. But dogs as we know them weren’t always dogs, and they weren’t always our best friends. So why the affinity with this species in particular?

Various theories exist surrounding how canines became domesticated, and though there is still an air of mystery around it, new research (as recent as 2021) continues to form our understanding of the origin of our beloved companions. Click through to see the fascinating transformation of the human species' one true furry friend.

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