The Science of Dogs Response: The de-volution of wolves and the moral conflict with special breeds

Though I like the fact that dogs can live with us and not cause us harm by selective breeding and isolating genes and making them more docile; such gene isolations can become quite troublesome as well because dogs become less equipped to combat certain diseases. So, to me, Eugenics, as much as it sounds ideal, is actually the opposite of creating a perfect race. It actually created more problems due to recessive genes being repeated through breeding. But, on the other hand, it seems like humans are able to distinguish and identify these isolated dog genes and translate them to our genes which can ultimately help us find cures for diseases of our own.

In a way, I can also see the advantages to breed dogs as protection for us humans. Having certain characteristics and abilities more prominent such as a keen sense of smell that can prevent many homicides and terrorism from happening. (I was so surprised with the amazing ability of the Russian breed! It is hard to believe they can smell and find traces of explosives smaller than a grain of sand!)

Also, I have noticed a slight discrepancy in the video when the narrator and interviewees say the term “evolution” concerning the idea that dogs came from wolves. But observing the genetic material one can see that it isn’t evolution at all, but actually Devolution, descending or degenerating to a lower or worse state, through artificial selection (inbreeding).

I am somewhat skeptical of the evolutionary theory because there is no known and observable process in which information can be added to a genome of a given family. Whereas the opposite, a decrease in information is very observable and is where we get different breeds of the family of dogs.

I Googled: Can Wolves and Dogs breed? This is what I get: “A wolf/dog hybrid is fertile and is in fact not a hybrid at all because wolves and dogs are exactly the same species. The dog is now known scientifically as Canis Lupus Familiaris and not just Canis Familiaris (as it is in older textbooks) in recognition of this fact.”

In the video, the narrator also said 99.8% of dogs are composed of genetically similar material, I looked then into the wolf to dog percentage and in an article I found, Robert Wayne, a geneticist at the University of California says that “dogs and wolves differ by not much more than one percent.” (https://answersingenesis.org/reviews/articles/woof-worse-than-its-bite/)

This discrepancy is more prevalent especially in the very end when a group of people are studying the differences of behavior between wolves and certain “dogs” (which are still wolves in a way).

The man says that the dog evolved to rely more on the human, BUT, in a way, humans simply took the genes of independency AWAY from the dog’s existing genome pool. So the man is clearly mistaken when he says “the evolution of dogs”, I think he should say “the devolution” of wolves.

Over all, I throughly enjoyed the documentary. But it left me on the fence: is inbreeding dogs beneficial to man kind knowing that many dogs suffer from it?

Thanks!

Luiza Alaniz

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