|Barked: Wed Jan 30, '13 4:42pm PST |
|I've seen this all over the place ... and I DO wish they would have tested jackals, dingoes, New Guinea Singing Dogs, coyotes, and any other wild canids I can't think of at the moment! My guess is that dogs, coyotes, jackals, and dingoes would all be more suited to digesting starches than wolves, merely based on their behavior. When dogs go feral, they behave mostly like jackals or some coyotes: hanging around cities and feeding off human trash. The feral dogs in Puerto Rico live quite well off people's scraps. My guess is that jackals, dogs, dingoes, and probably coyotes all have those genes because of their close association with humans. Foxes are a bit of a toss-up because they can be so very much like scavengers in some places and so very much predators in others. Coyotes are also that way, I guess. The NGSDs seem to be a type all their own, and I would be very interested in more detailed research on their kind.
Well, maybe that wasn't so on-topic, but it really does frustrate me that there is so much research available regarding dogs and wolves, and so little on other wild canids. Really, they are all closely related, and there is a lot we dog people can learn from the other canids.
Edited by author Wed Jan 30, '13 4:43pm PST
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