Thesis: Canine Companions,
The Elevation Of A Species.


There has been substantial research into how the domestic canine became distinct from the wolf, and how natural selection caused thosecanines who were tamer and less fearful of people to accept humans attracted by the easily obtainable food supplies associated with human refuse.(Coren, n.d.). The studies of neoteny and Paedomorphosishave explained the physical and behavioural changes associated with the self-selective breeding of these individuals. (Goldman, 2010). This essay covers the transition of the dog from its prehistoric ancestry, through the middle ages and Victorian Britain up to the present-day dog we recognise as our companion.