En schäfer med en sluttande tillbaka som fick bäst av rasen förde utställningen Crufts i för årets årliga släng av kritik. Tittare tog till sociala medier för att anklaga ägaren av djurplågeri genom att föreslå att dess ovanliga form innebar hunden måste lida hälsoproblem som beror på den inavel - något ägaren förnekas.
Hundägare kanske inte håller, men så långt som evolutionsbiologer berörs, alla hundar är bara hundar. Det kan tyckas märkligt att Canis (lupus) familiaris sträcker sig från kanin stora Chihuahuas till Grand Danois som kan vara nästan lika stor som en liten ponny, medan synes mycket mindre skillnader placera många djur i separata arter eller underarter.
För de flesta av oss, är pendling en uppgift som skall utstå. Upptagen, bullriga och ofta trångt, världens underjordiska transportsystem är platser som vi människor tål som en nödvändighet. Men inte så för Moskvas "Metro hundar".
Can dogs tell when we are happy, sad or angry? As a dog owner, I feel confident not only that I can tell what kind of emotional state my pets are in, but also that they respond to my emotions. Yet as a hard-headed scientist, I try to take a more rational and pragmatic view. These personal observations seem more likely to result from my desire for a good relationship with my dogs.
Anyone who’s watched a cat throwing up after munching on grass knows that our feline friends aren’t natural plant eaters. So you might be surprised to discover that these carnivorous animals share some important genes that are more typically associated with herbivores. And this might help explain why cats aren’t always easy to please when it comes to food.
In the 1960s, I knew people who, before going on vacation, would take their dogs to a shelter to be euthanized. They reasoned that it was cheaper to have a dog euthanized – and buy a new one upon returning – than pay a kennel fee.
News of my communications with the horses had spread in the small Costa Rican community. The horsemen, the veterinarian, and the cabin retreat employees were all aware of it. Some had reacted with apprehension, suspicious of my abilities, while others were afraid that I might be reading deras minds, too.
I share the treasure I have received in communicating with horses so that other people may better understand their inner world, and the ways it can help us understand our own. And for those who ride or own horses, I tell this story as another way for you to learn to trust what you hear when your horse needs to speak.
Human speech is complex, communicating not only words but also tone, as well as information about the speaker such as their gender and identity. To what extent can a dog pick up on these different cues? In vår studie, we’ve found that your dog may understand more than he lets on.