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loves: you win if you guessed "pets" and "museums". Also books, art history, travel, British punk, Korean kimchi, bindis, martinis, and other things TBD. I will always make it very clear if a post is sponsored in any way. Drop me a line at thepetmuseum AT gmail.com !

Thursday, December 13, 2007

dogs come in all shapes 'n sizes....why?

Good question! Luckily *full disclosure* my friend Jill Arnel, of Maggie and Geordie the Cairn Terriers fame, is a professional writer who concentrates on dogs. She's just written an article for Suite 101 on the dog-variety subject, and I learned some things.

Did you know
-- why wolves, coyotes, and domestic dogs can interbreed? It's because they have the same number of chromosomes: 78.
-- Nobody's exactly sure where the word "dog" came from? The Old English word for dog, dogca, emerged in the 13th century.
-- The Latin word "canis" for dog gave its name to the Canary Islands?

Learn some more!

If the link won't work try this -- http://dogs.suite101.com/article.cfm/why_dogs_are_so_physically_diverse


Julie said...

I'd love to read more, but the link won't work.

curator said...

The link works for me - anybody else having problems with this one?

Julie said...

It works now. Great article. I'm glad you found it for us.