Cats and Dogs Domesticated and why

about how were cats and dogs domesticated and why

Dogs were domesticated for Mutual Benefits

''Humans and wolves are competing for the same prey, but there are advantages for both in teaming up. For the wolf, human ingenuity and the use of weapons mean a share in a greater number of kills - and perhaps even an occasional taste of larger victims, such as mammoth. For humans, the wolf's speed and ferocity is equivalent to a new weapon.

The partnership is natural. So, undoubtedly, is how it first comes about. People love to nurture any abandoned young animal, and a wolf cub is well adapted to learn the rules of a hierarchical human society (in which its place will be low). From this partnership all dogs derive. Unbelievable though it seems, every single breed of dog is descended from wolves.

For a species to become domesticated, it must be willing to breed in man's company. 'Breed in captivity', the more usual phrase, implies a simple case of exploitation. The reality is more complex. In terms of survival, those species which have developed a relationship with man have far outstripped their wild cousins.''

Dogs first became mans BFF ( best friend forever) from their distant relatives the wolves. The humans might have found a wolf pup alone and adopted it in their home the wolf pup in return would help them hunt and was rewarded with a taste of larger prey. (HISTORY OF THE DOMESTICATION OF ANIMALS.)


There are so many sites and information but I find it interesting about how dogs originated from wolves and how they might have been bred in captivity

Cats were domesticated for hunting grain eating rodents

''The history of our modern day cat (Felis silvestris catus) begins with her descent from one of five separate wild cats: the Sardinian wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica), the European wildcat (F. s. silvestris), the Central Asian wildcat (F.s. ornata), the subsaharan African wildcat (F.s. cafra and the Chinese desert cat (F.s. bieti). Each of these species is a distinctive subspecies of F. silvestris.

Genetic analysis suggests that all domestic cats derive from at least five founder cats from the Fertile Crescent region, from whence they (or rather their descendants) were transported around the world.

A recent study suggests that cats were domesticated at the same time as that of wheat and barley in the Fertile Crescent region, that is about 10,000 years ago. Time will tell--the only archaeological data supporting that is at Shillourokambos in Cyprus. This exciting news is definitely not as far-fetched as it might be, given the role of the cat as the hunter of grain-eating rodents. It's one of those arguments about who may have been more domesticated in this relationship--the cat or the human?''

The cat is from five founder cats the cat may have been attracted to the wheat fields by rodents the cats would eat the rodents and that is how the cats first came to man. ("History of the Domestication of Cats." N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2015.")


I wish that I had gotten more information. But it is interesting on how the modern day cat became our pet even when they are a little wild.

Sites I Used


Hirst, K. Kris. "History of the Domestication of Cats." N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2015.