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Where's your Dog from Exactly? Dogs' Origin in the Middle East.

Your four-legged friend has been on quite a journey. Or at least his ancestors have.
Where is your dog from, exactly? New genetic research has found the answer. Dogs worldwide share more genes with a breed of wolves from the Middle East than with any other type of wolf. The region of the Middle East where this likely happened is known as the fertile crescent, and includes parts of modern-day Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.. Since the Middle East is where agriculture first started and cattle was first domesticated, it makes sense that wolves became dogs over time in that region, too. Scientists also point to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Iran as possible locations for the domestication. But they haven’t been able to pinpoint a specific location. Scientists previously thought wolves in Europe or Asia were the first to become our pets. read more