Recently, somebody posted this link on one of the lists I frequent. It is an interesting read about how hybridization will become more common in wild animals as global warming takes over. Take a look at this before going on http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/57863
MY theory comes from 60 years of living with dogs of various breeds. Currently, we live with six standard Poodles (standard and a part miniature), a Border Collie and a feral dog. Over the years I have had the pleasure to live with Great Danes, Afghan Hounds, Whippets, Greyhounds, Labs, Dobermans, Boxers, German Shepherds, Bassett Hounds, Foxhounds and others. Having been around all these breeds, I feel I have the background to speak with authority. That said, here goes:
It is my belief that the standard Poodle is descended from the wolf, the wild boar and the spider monkey. Anyone who has lived with the standard Poodle knows how intelligent they are, how high and long they can jump and how good their noses are. Where do you think the intelligence comes from? THE SPIDER MONKEY of course! The Poodle also has a prehensile tail. Our Josephine can wrap her stump of a tail around your finger. In my opinion, that is the reason they began docking tails in the first place. Just think how annoying it must have been for early hunters when their Poodle wrapped its tail around a tree and refused to budge! They HAD to take the hatchet to that tail to get their prized dog home. Eventually, they figured that it would be easier to just chop off the tail before they learned how to use it against their owners to get their own way. Oh, and have you ever seen a spider monkey jump? Their ability to fly through the trees is second to none! I always say, “Dogs Jump! – Poodles Fly!” So add to that the Poodle ability to sniff out truffles and you know there is wild boar in those genes as well! That is also where that LONG Poodle nose comes from! Now there may have been a little Cousin It in there as well to get the coat but so far I have no proof of that.
At some point, Poodle owners decided they would like a smaller version of the standard Poodle. Just how would they go about that? If you have ever been around the mini Poodle, it would be as clear to you as it is to me. I have watched mini after mini stand on their hind legs and walk around comfortably. Minis can stand on their hind legs effortlessly to get a better view or more attention. One day while watching a mini dance around effortlessly on its hind legs, the light bulb went on in my head! MEERKAT!
Once they had the mini, somebody got the bright idea to make the mini even smaller and create the toy Poodle. Just how do you think they did that? They added a gerbil!
OK, let’s move on to the sighthounds, particularly the Greyhound. Think about those long legs and that big body. Think about how fast the Ostrich can run. Just how do you think they managed to breed a dog that fast? They bred an African Wild Dog to an ostrich of course! To get the whippet, they bred down the size using an egret. Why do you think they call them sight hounds? We all know that birds have the best eye sight of all!
To get the Saluki and some of the other African sighthounds, they added Gazelle to the mix. This also gave these hunting dogs an advantage in that they could blend in with the herd yet understood how their prey thought and moved making it easier for them to be successful hunters. Here is a perfect example of that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYv1fyXDm0c&feature=related
OK so here is a partial list of breeds and their TRUE origin according to Helen:
Wolf + Spider Monkey + Wild Boar = Standard Poodle
Standard Poodle + Merkat = Miniature Poodle
Mini Poodle + Gerbil = Toy Poodle
African Wild Dog + Ostrich = Greyhound
Greyhound + Egret = Whippet
Greyhound + Gazelle = Saluki
African Wild Dog + Hippopotamus + Walrus = Mastiffs (all kinds) Think about their little ears on some of them just like the Hippo!
African Wild Dog + Wild Boar = Pitbull
African Wild Dog + Pony = Great Dane
Collie + Fox = Shetland Sheepdog
Wild African Dog + Walrus + Truffle Hunting Pig = Bloodhound
Bloodhound + Pot Bellied Pig = Bassett Hound
Wolf + Parrot = Border Collie (not only do BCs have an amazing ability to learn words, many BCs pop their heads up and down just like a parrot!)
Watch this little video of our Border Collie showing her parrot roots:
Wolf + Harpy Eagle = Mudi
Wolf + Frog = Present Day German Shepherd
Cousin It+ Cat = Pekinese (one of my FAVORITES!)
The list goes on and on and on. Use your imagination. What’s behind YOUR favorite breed?
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