Study: Dogs evolved earlier than previously believed

Study: Dogs Evolved Earlier Than Previously Believed

The lineages of modern dogs and wolves may have split thousands of years earlier than previously thought.

According to new research, the divergence happened around 27,000 to 40,000 years ago, far ahead of the 11,000 to 16,000-year range that a separate, previous study had estimated.

The results may also indicate that dogs were domesticated much earlier as well, as the team believes this relationship with humans was in place during the split.

Their conclusions are based on a DNA analysis of a rib bone fragment found on the Taimyr Peninsula in Siberia.
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A Pumi eats a treat after being introduced as one of the new breeds allowed to compete in this year's Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, U.S., January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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An American Hairless Terrier licks it's nose after being introduced as one of the new breeds allowed to compete in this year's Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, U.S., January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
2017 Westminster Kennel Club Meet The Breeds
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: A five year old Sloughi is introduced during the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Meet The Breeds at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
Lagotto Romagnolo lying on wooden bench, New Mexico, USA

Lagotto Romagnolo

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Berger de Picardie, Berger Picard (Canis lupus f. familiaris), portrait of a three years old mixed breed dog

Berger de Picardie, Berger Picard (Canis lupus f. familiaris)

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Arabian Greyhound (Sloughi)

Arabian Greyhound (Sloughi)

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Dog by Jackson Lake

Miniature Australian Shepherd

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American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Terrier

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Boerboel

Boerboel (Canis lupus familiaris)

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Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher

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Afghan Hound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Afghan Hound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Airedale Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Airedale Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Akita
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Akita at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
American English Coonhound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: American English Coonhound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
American Eskimo Dog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: American Eskimo Dog (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
American Staffordshire
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: American Staffordshire Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
American Water Spaniel
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: American Water Spaniel -- (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Anatolian Shepherd Dog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Australian Cattle Dog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Australian Cattle Dog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Australian Shepherd
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Australian Shepherd at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Australian Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Australian Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Basenji
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: A Basenji at the American Kennel Club 'Meet The Breeds' Event at Jacob Javitz Center on September 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)
Basset Hound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Basset Hound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Beagle
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Beagle 13 in. (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Beauceron
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Beauceron at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Bedlington Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Bedlington Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Belgian Malinois
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Belgian Malinois at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Belgian Sheepdog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Belgian Sheepdog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Belgian Tervuren
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Belgian Tervuren at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Bergamasco

Bergamasco

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Bernese Mountain Dog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Bernese Mountain Dog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014-- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Bichon Frise
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Bichon Frise at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Black Russian Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Black Russian Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014-- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Black and Tan Coonhound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Black and Tan Coonhound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Bloodhound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Best In Breed, Bloodhound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Bluetick Coonhound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Bluetick Coonhound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Borzoi
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Borzoi at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Boston Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Boston Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Boxer
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Boxer (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Boykin Spaniel
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Boykin Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Briard
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Briard at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Brittany
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Brittany (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Brussels Griffon
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A Brussels Griffon competes in the 138th annual Westminster Dog Show at the Piers 92/94 on February 10, 2014 in New York City. The annual dog show showcases the best dogs from around world for the next two days in New York. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Bulldog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Bulldog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Bullmastiff
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Bullmastiff at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Cairn Terrier
Cairn Terrier (Shutterstock)
Canaan Dog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Canaan Dog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Cane Corso
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Cane Corso at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Coco, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, competes in the Best in Show category in the Westminster Dog Show on February 11, 2014 in New York City. The Best in Show award went to Sky, a wire fox terrier. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Best of Breed, Grantilley Galaxy Moon the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Cesky Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Cesky Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Chesapeake Bay Retriever at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Chinese Crested
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Chinese Crested (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Chinese Shar-Pei
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Chinese Shar-Pei (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Chinook
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Chinook at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Chow Chow
A Chow Chow gets groomed backstage during the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York on February 9, 2009. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Cirneco dell'Etna

Cirneco dell'Etna

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Clumber Spaniel
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Clumber Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Cocker Spaniel
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Cocker Spaniels at the American Kennel Club 'Meet The Breeds' Event at Jacob Javitz Center on September 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)
Curly-Coated Retriever
Two Curly-Coated Retrievers sitting in the meadow
Dachshund
A Long haired Dachshund seen in the benching area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City for the first day of competition at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 10, 2014. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a two-day, all-breed benched show that takes place at both Pier 92 and 94 and at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Dalmatian
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Dalmatian at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Dandie Dinmont Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Doberman Pinscher
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Doberman Pinscher at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Dogue de Bordeaux
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Dogue de Bordeaux at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
English Cocker Spaniel
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: English Cocker Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
English Foxhound
English Foxhound (Alamy)
English Setter
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: Sporting Group- English Setter -- (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
English Springer Spaniel
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: English Springer Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
English Toy Spaniel
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: English Toy Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Entlebucher Mountain Dog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Entlebucher Mountain Dog (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Field Spaniel
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: Sporting Group- Field Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Finnish Lapphund
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Finnish Lapphund at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Finnish Spitz
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Finnish Spitz (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Flat-coated Retriever
Flat-coated Retriever (Photo by: EyeOn/UIG via Getty Images)
French Bulldog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: French Bulldog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
German Pinscher
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: Working Group - German Pinscher (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
German Shepherd
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: German Shepherd at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
German Shorthaired Pointer
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: German Shorthaired Pointer (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
German Wirehaired Pointer
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: German Wirehaired Pointer Gch Mt. View's Ripsortersilvercharm runs during the Sporting Group competition at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 12, 2013 in New York City. Best of breed dogs competed for Best in Show at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. A total of 2,721 dogs from 187 breeds and varieties competed in the event, hailed by organizers as the second oldest sporting competition in America, after the Kentucky Derby. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Glen of Imaal Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Glen of Imaal Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Golden Retriever
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: A Golden Retriever competes in the Westminster Dog Show on February 11, 2014 in New York City. The annual dog show has been showcasing the best dogs from around world for the last two days in New York. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Gordon Setter
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Gordon Setter (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Great Dane
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Great Dane at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Great Pyrenees
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Great Pyrenees (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Greyhound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Greyhound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Havanese
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Havanese (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Ibizan Hound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Ibizan Hound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Icelandic Sheepdog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Icelandic Sheepdog (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Irish Red and White Setter
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Irish Red and White Setter at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Irish Setter
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW SHOW -- 'The 136th Annual Dog Show on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 in New York City' -- Pictured: Best in Show, Irish Setter (Photo by: Anthony Behar/USA Network)
Irish Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Irish Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Irish Water Spaniel
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Irish Water Spaniel at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Irish Wolfhound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Irish Wolfhound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Italian Greyhound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Italian Greyhound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Japanese Chin
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' Japanese Chin at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Toy Group -- Japanese Chin (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Keeshond
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Keeshond (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Kerry Blue Terrier
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: Kerry blue terrier Torums Scarf Michael, commonly known as Mick, poses after winning the Best of Show award on the final day of the 127th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden February 11, 2003 in New York City, New York. Over 2600 canines competed in the show. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Komondor
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Komondor at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Kuvasz
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: Working Group - Kuvasz (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Labrador Retriever
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Labrador Retriever at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Lakeland Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Lakeland Terrier (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Leonberger
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Leonberger (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Lhasa Apso
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Lhasa Apso at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Lowchen
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Lowchen (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Maltese
A Maltese runs around the ring in the Toy Group during the 2009 133rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York February 10, 2009. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzer's wait in the ring during the first day at the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 11, 2008 in New York City. The dog show, established in 1877, is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Newfoundland
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Josh, a Newfoundland stands by his handler, Michelle Ostermiller, after Josh was named Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show February 10, 2004 in New York City. The award capped two days of competition among more than 2,500 dogs. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
Norwegian Buhund
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Norwegian Buhund (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Norwegian Elkhound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' Norwegian Elkhound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Norwegian Elkhound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Norwegian Lundehund
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' Norwegian Lundehund at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: non-sporting -- Norwegian Lundehund (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Norwich Terrier
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 9: Coco, a Norwich terrier, stands at her handler's feet during the Westminster Dog Show February 9, 2004 in New York City. Coco is among the favorites to be named Best in Show on the evening of February 10th. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Old English Sheepdog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Old English Sheepdog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Otterhound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Otterhound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Papillon
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: A papillon dog 'Carly' performs at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show press conference at Madison Square Garden on January 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/Getty Images)
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Pharaoh Hound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Pharaoh Hound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Plott
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Plott at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Pointer
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Pointer (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Pomeranian
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Pomeranian (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Poodle
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Best In Breed, Standard Poodle at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: A Portuguese Podengo Pequeno attends the The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Press Conference at Madison Square Garden on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/WireImage)
Portuguese Water Dog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show'-- Pictured: Portuguese Water Dog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Puli
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Puli at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Pyrenean Shepherd
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Pyrenean Shepherd (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Rat Terrier
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: A rat terrier attends the The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Press Conference at Madison Square Garden on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/WireImage)
Rhodesian Ridgeback
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Rhodesian Ridgeback (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Rottweiler
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: Working Group - Rottweiler (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Saluki
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Saluki at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Schipperke
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Schipperke at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Scottish Deerhound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Scottish Deerhound at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014-- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Shetland Sheepdog
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Shetland Sheepdog at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Shiba Inu
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Shiba Inu (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Shih Tzu
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Shih Tzu at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Siberian Husky
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- Pictured: Siberian Husky (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network)
Silky Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Silky Terrier (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Skye Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Skye Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water Dog

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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Spinone Italiano
THE 133rd WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'Sporting Dog, Spinone Italiano at The 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' (Photo by Gary He/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
St Bernard
Elizabeth Selewski with Izzy the St Bernard in the benching area in the benching area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City on the second day of competition at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 11, 2014. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a two-day, all-breed benched show that takes place at both Pier 92 &94 and at Madison Square Garden in New York City . AFP PHOTO / Timothy Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Standard Schnauzer
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Standard Schnauzer at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Sussex Spaniel
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Pictured: Sporting Group- Sussex Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Swedish Vallhund
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Swedish Vallhund at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Tibetan Mastiff
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Tibetan Mastiff at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Tibetan Spaniel
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Tibetan Spaniel at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Toy Fox Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Toy Fox Terrier (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Treeing Walker Coonhound
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Treeing Walker Coonhound (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network)
Welsh Springer Spaniel
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2013 -- Pictured: Welsh Springer Spaniel (Photo by: Neilson Barnard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Welsh Terrier
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Welsh Terrier at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
West Highland White Terrier
A West Highland White Terrier in the Agility Ring during the first-ever Masters Agility Championship on February 7, 2014 in New York at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility trial will be on hand to demonstrate skills required to negotiate some of the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. AFP PHOTO/Timothy Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Whippet
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Whippet at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- 'The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show' -- Pictured: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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They found that the animal, named the Taimyr wolf, is likely around 35,000 years old with genetic material in between that of a dog and wolf indicating a new species.

The researchers believe the separation between wolves and dogs occurred a few thousand years after the Taimyr split off the ancestral tree.

When comparing the Taimyr with modern day animals, Siberian huskies and Greenland sled dogs seem to be the most strongly related.

Some critics have questioned the researchers' link between the divergence in species and actual domestication.
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