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Nearly 12,000 years ago, this woman was buried with her hand resting on her little dog. The remains were found in Israel.

The Domestic Dog

During the last Ice Age, wolves began to live closely with people. They may have been following hunting parties or scavenging for food near campsites. People adopted these tame wolves, and they became the ancestors of all domestic dogs.

All domestic dog breeds belong to a single species, Canis familiaris. However, today, there are nearly 500 recognized breeds of domestic dog. Most dogs, however, are not purebreds but blends of two or more breeds.

Cave paintings and human burial sites show that dogs have been a part of human culture for thousands of years. People selected and bred dogs for specific tasks. Many of these tasks filled human needs, such as hunting, herding, protection, and even companionship.

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