A brief history of dogs - David Ian Howe

  • Published: 26 March 2019
  • Trace the history of how wolves, one of humanity’s oldest rivals, evolved into the domesticated dogs we call “man’s best friend.”


    Since their emergence over 200,000 years ago, modern humans have established communities all over the planet. But they didn’t do it alone. Whatever corner of the globe you find humans in today, you’re likely to find another species as well: dogs. So how did one of our oldest rivals, the wolf, evolve into man’s best friend? David Ian Howe traces the history of humanity’s first domesticated animal.

    Lesson by David Ian Howe, directed by Cabong Studios.

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Comments • 1 082

  • Joseph Santi
    Joseph Santi  4 days back

    My dog never stop playing so he/her i forgot Always go to this hill then just run down.

    • Evan Young
      Evan Young  1 weeks back

      I am going to pet my dog now

      • Yuan Tronz
        Yuan Tronz  1 weeks back

        I thought that video was about Chinese cuisine.

        • Extremely Salty Player
          Extremely Salty Player  1 weeks back

          Dog behave better because we befriended them, cats are opposite because we once treated them royally

          • xXAceXx vannoort
            xXAceXx vannoort  2 weeks back


            • Jared Klein
              Jared Klein  2 weeks back

              Who cuddled with their dog after watching this?

              • ChieppaChat
                ChieppaChat  2 weeks back

                Wolfs didnt evolve but ok. This is just speciation

              • exposing theorys
                exposing theorys  3 weeks back

                Came from imgur

                • boss egg
                  boss egg  3 weeks back

                  I like cats more then dogs

                  • John Smith
                    John Smith  3 weeks back

                    I've been interrogating my dog for hours, he still won't tell me who's a good boi..

                    • Nyta Sam
                      Nyta Sam  4 weeks back

                      Shout out to that first grey wolf who approached the human for food. If it weren’t for it, we wouldn’t have so many good bois.

                      • Onyx
                        Onyx  4 weeks back

                        Funny watching this with my 2 pound chiweenie laying on my neck.

                        • Kid Peligro
                          Kid Peligro  1 months back

                          So basically dogs are the descendants of wolves thousands of years ago who were like:

                          "Screw it, I ain't competing with these humans anymore. Besides being close pals with these hairless mammals has a lot of perks anyway"

                          • shigwooomy yes, shigwooomy

                            A brief dogs of history

                            • seoulmew
                              seoulmew  1 months back

                              admit it, youre petting your dog watching this

                              • Faith Pia
                                Faith Pia  1 months back

                                it's funny how the quote on the first part of the video disagrees with the rest of it

                                • Atheist Monkey
                                  Atheist Monkey  1 months back

                                  Faith Pia Wouldn't this whole video fall under micro-evolution in a creationist model?

                                • Faith Pia
                                  Faith Pia  1 months back

                                  @Atheist Monkey That quote talks about the Divine Creation Theory while the rest of the video is about the Big Bang Theory/Evolution

                                • Atheist Monkey
                                  Atheist Monkey  1 months back

                                  Faith Pia How so?

                              • Leslie Huang
                                Leslie Huang  1 months back

                                1:14 I understand why it was hard competing with wolves. Humans never had social skills in the first place.

                                • supersonic 370nd
                                  supersonic 370nd  1 months back

                                  Are you saying that all this was thanks to a snack...

                                  • Mr Mister
                                    Mr Mister  1 months back

                                    It’s crazy how we domesticated things like, wolves, foxes and coyotes into dogs almost unbelievable

                                    • Techno Master
                                      Techno Master  1 months back

                                      Good video and hilariously funny (e.g. a dog psycho analyzing a person).

                                      • Raku Ichijo
                                        Raku Ichijo  1 months back

                                        So could an elephant technically be domesticated over generations?

                                        • Anas Ahamed R
                                          Anas Ahamed R  2 months back

                                          So, if we domesticate tigers, we'll have DIGERS in 10000AD?

                                          • CyberCy
                                            CyberCy  2 months back

                                            *This is impossible... How are dogs a great therapist?!*

                                            • sydnae stewart
                                              sydnae stewart  2 months back

                                              We love Keith Haring inspired art

                                              • Aryan Hussain Khan
                                                Aryan Hussain Khan  2 months back

                                                1000 years ago: Good bois

                                                present day: Good bois

                                                1000 years after: Good bois

                                                • LiberRaider
                                                  LiberRaider  2 months back

                                                  Good dog!

                                                  • iPleatheTV
                                                    iPleatheTV  2 months back

                                                    I find the history so fascinating, especially since I love wolves and dogs. However, I have one question: were dogs the first domesticated animals or Goats? Because some sites said goats and some said dogs?

                                                    • Gabriel Ada
                                                      Gabriel Ada  2 weeks back

                                                      The Dog was the first domesticated animal before the rise of agriculture

                                                  • neal justus
                                                    neal justus  2 months back

                                                    i can almost see it now:
                                                    {thousands of years ago wile man was still in caves}
                                                    great wolf: what dose that two legged thing give you that we do not, we have food, warmth, the ability to sense food from miles away, and the ability to bite them in half
                                                    a hurt proto dog: he dose not judge me for my size, he has fire, cooked food, and something you will never have
                                                    {proto dog stands over scared child protecting him from wolf}
                                                    wolf: and what would that be {he growled}
                                                    proto dog: {stands proud saying} he has my love and devotion
                                                    wolf: {looks hurt and looks away} take the man pup, leave and never return
                                                    proto dog: {takes man pup and walks away}
                                                    wolf: we could have been something great the two smartest wolves ever alive you and i
                                                    proto dog: {stops} that is the deference between you and i you could have had greatness wile i protect greatness
                                                    proto dog leaves and goes back to man pack

                                                    • I'm Nut
                                                      I'm Nut  2 months back

                                                      3:59 No, I dont think furries are a good thing to have

                                                      • Rakasiwiii fiddihaq
                                                        Rakasiwiii fiddihaq  2 months back

                                                        And yet we messed them off to be like a mouse and it ruin some of their body

                                                        • My Gills
                                                          My Gills  2 months back

                                                          0:25 PLEASE GET THIS GOOD BOI OUT OF ANTARCTICA

                                                          • Crystal Tan
                                                            Crystal Tan  2 months back

                                                            the saddest thing is that in countries like peru, until they reach a certain size, they would be kicked out. i remember crying when i saw this big pack of dogs running around the sides of a highway

                                                            • PUGS LEE
                                                              PUGS LEE  2 months back

                                                              IS THAT A PUG AT 3:27

                                                              • M
                                                                M  2 months back

                                                                i miss my dog so much they really are better than so many people

                                                                • Paul
                                                                  Paul  2 months back

                                                                  I am ashamed of what we've done to some of those poor dogs.

                                                                  • Manoj Kowshik
                                                                    Manoj Kowshik  2 months back

                                                                    Don’t tell Snuffles

                                                                    • Willy Good Good
                                                                      Willy Good Good  2 months back

                                                                      Great and informative video. I liked the space and animations as well.

                                                                      • KNK K'n'k
                                                                        KNK K'n'k  2 months back

                                                                        This video made me happy

                                                                        • lovelyshine 2o2
                                                                          lovelyshine 2o2  2 months back

                                                                          I love the romantic music in the background

                                                                          • Bagus Rizky
                                                                            Bagus Rizky  2 months back

                                                                            But what about cats?

                                                                            • eve Tor
                                                                              eve Tor  2 months back

                                                                              The animation looks like stuff by Keith Haring

                                                                              • Francis Lim
                                                                                Francis Lim  2 months back

                                                                                I believe that early humans are territorial and guarded them fiercely,any wolves in their territories are always killed but with compassion towards babies wolves they are raised as pets and companions,pet wolves are useful deterrent towards wild wolves and are great hunters too.In Arctic regions,they are trained to pull sledges,hunt polar bears,deers and moose.

                                                                                • CyberCy
                                                                                  CyberCy  2 months back

                                                                                  No, its "A brief history of doggos."

                                                                                  • The BloopNet
                                                                                    The BloopNet  2 months back

                                                                                    I love the Keith haring art style of this video

                                                                                    • Divyanshi Sharda
                                                                                      Divyanshi Sharda  2 months back

                                                                                      95% of the comment's section: protecc atacc

                                                                                      • mikei86
                                                                                        mikei86  2 months back

                                                                                        so the real question is as dogs degerated to fit humans how much must we ourselves have become shadows of our ancestors. Are we like the Chihuahua is to a wolf now thanks to teknologi and civilisation ?

                                                                                        • Ace walker Gamer 560
                                                                                          Ace walker Gamer 560  2 months back


                                                                                          • goutham edara
                                                                                            goutham edara  2 months back

                                                                                            Very reason i dont have pets. We are encouraging these cross breeding and deteriorating dogs as a species.