Explores the processes by which dog breeds have evolved into their unique shapes and behaviours. Concentrates on five types of dogs – modern household dogs, village dogs, livestock-guarding dogs, sled dogs, and herding dogs.
Raymond Coppinger is 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.
"Anyone with a dog should not be without this book."
– Michael W. Fox, author of Understanding Your Dog and Beyond Evolution
"Chock full of both scientific studies and personal experiences, this fast-paced, absorbing book deserves a wide audience."
– Publishers Weekly
"Dogs will be interesting to anyone who has ever wondered about the origin of their favorite mutt's species."
– The Economist