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Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution


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ISBN13: 9780226115634
ISBN10: 0226115631
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Biologists, Breeders and trainers, and champion sled dog racers, Raymond and Lorna Coppinger have more than four decades of experience with literally thousands of dogs. Offering a scientifically informed perspective on canines and their relations with humans, the Coppingers take a close look at eight different types of dogsand#8212;household, village, livestock guarding, herding, sled-pulling, pointing, retrieving, and hound. They argue that dogs did not evolve directly from wolves, nor were they trained by early humans; instead they domesticated themselves to exploit a new ecological niche: Mesolithic village dumps. Tracing the evolution of today's breeds from these village dogs, the Coppingers show how characteristic shapes and behaviorsand#8212;from pointing and baying to the sleek shapes of running dogsand#8212;arise from both genetic heritage and the environments in which pups are raised.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-337).

About the Author

Raymond Coppinger is a professor of biology at Hampshire College. He is the author of Fishing Dogs and coauthor of Wheelchair Assistance Dogs.

Lorna Coppinger is the award-winning author of The World of Sled Dogs. Together they founded Hampshire's Livestock Dog Project.

Table of Contents


Preface: The Right Kind of Dog

Introduction: Studying Dogs

Part I. The Evolution of the Basic Dog: Commensalism

Chapter 1. Wolves Evolve into Dogs

Chapter 2. Village Dogs

Chapter 3. Natural Breeds

Part II. Working Dogs and People: Mutualism

Chapter 4. Developmental Environments

Chapter 5. The Physical Conformation of a Breed

Chapter 6. Behavioral Conformation

Part III. Are People the Dog's Best Friend? Parasitism, Amensalism, and Dulosis

Chapter 7. Household Dogs

Chapter 8. Assistance Dogs

Part IV. The Tail Wags the Dog

Chapter 9. What's in the Name Canis familiaris?

Chapter 10. The Age of the Dog

Chapter 11. Why Dogs Look the Way They Do

Chapter 12. Conclusion



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LEIF, April 8, 2012 (view all comments by LEIF)
One of the best non-fiction books on dogs, overall, of any I've read. It suits the scientifically inclined, those just interested in dogs in general, and those interesting in reading about a couple's lifetime relationship with their dogs. The bibliography is a treasure if your interests go further, and the authors (husband & wife team - not sure why US book came out under Raymond and the United Kingdom's came out under Laura!) have a very readable style. R. Coppinger raced sled dogs in New England, which gives an authentic feel to his discourse on the subject, so PETA members beware. I especially liked the discussion on whether dogs think, and why there is a controversy. Add Patricia McConnell for training (both the dog and you!), and perhaps Stanley Coren's books,and you have many nights of fine reading, but you will find yourself returned/referencing Coppinger & Coppinger again and again.
Combine this with Ted Karasote's "Merle's Door" for a complete discussion of the dog, for emotion and where to go for more information.
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Coppinger, Raymond
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