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http://pet-action.com The American Foxhound is known to originate from the states of Maryland and Virginia, and is the state dog of Virginia.[1] Though there has long been a rumor that the new breed was originally used for hunting Indigenous peoples of the Americas, this is not true. Centuries of selective breeding by humans has resulted in dogs being more genetically diverse than most other mammals by a considerable margin. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886. These dogs remained in the Brooke family for nearly 300 years. A national breed club was set up three years later and the dog considered to be the father of the modern breed, Ch.

In some cases, a breed's origin overlaps the boundaries of two or more countries; the dog is normally listed only in the country with which it is most commonly associated (for example, by its designated country according to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). As such, dogs are the only animal with such a wide variation in appearance without speciation, "from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane".[2] The following list uses a wide interpretation of "breed". Some writers contend it was the White English Terrier, Fox Terrier, or the Black and Tan Terrier that was crossed with the Bulldog to develop the Staffordshire Terrier; all three breeds shared many traits, the greatest differences being in color, and spirit. Breeds are usually categorized by the functional type from which the breed was developed. The first spaniel in America came across with the Mayflower in 1620, but it was not until 1878 that the first Cocker Spaniel was registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC).




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The first has been the 'commodification' of the dog, shaping it to conform to human expectations of personality and behaviour.[114] The second has been the broadening of the concept of the family and the home to include dogs-as-dogs within everyday routines and practices.[114] There are a vast range of commodity forms available to transform a pet dog into an ideal companion.[115] The list of goods, services and places available is enormous: from dog perfumes, couture, furniture and housing, to dog groomers, therapists, trainers and caretakers, dog cafes, spas, parks and beaches, and dog hotels, airlines and cemeteries.[115] While dog training as an organized activity can be traced back to the 18th century, in the last decades of the 20th century it became a high profile issue as many normal dog behaviors such as barking, jumping up, digging, rolling in dung, fighting, and urine marking[further explanation needed] became increasingly incompatible with the new role of a pet dog.[116] Dog training books, classes and television programs proliferated as the process of commodifying the pet dog continued.[117] An Australian Cattle Dog in reindeer antlers sits on Santa's lap A pet dog taking part in Christmas traditions The majority of contemporary people with dogs describe their pet as part of the family,[114] although some ambivalence about the relationship is evident in the popular reconceptualization of the dog–human family as a pack.[114] A dominance model of dog–human relationships has been promoted by some dog trainers, such as on the television program Dog Whisperer.