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Author Mark Derr casts the wolf’s transformation into the domestic dog as an evolutionary inevitability in his account of the biological and cultural domestication of man’s best friend.

That the dog evolved from the wolf is an accepted fact of evolution and history, but the question of how wolf became dog has remained a mystery, obscured by myth and legend. How the Dog Became the Dog posits that dog was an evolutionary inevitability in the nature of the wolf and its human soul mate.

The natural temperament and social structure of humans and wolves are so similar that as soon as they met on the trail, they recognized themselves in each other. Both are highly social, accomplished generalists and creatures of habit capable of adapting—homebodies who like to wander.

How the Dog Became the Dog presents “domestication” of the dog as a biological and cultural process that began in mutual cooperation and has taken a number of radical turns. At the end of the last Ice Age, the first dogs emerged with their humans from refuges against the cold. In the eighteenth century, humans began the drive to exercise full control of dog reproduction, life, and death to complete the domestication of the wolf begun so long ago.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Derr’s research spans the globe and considers mythology and literature alongside more scientific evidence as he explores the stories of Romulus and Remus and of Odysseus and his dog, Argus.”

    Sacramento News and Reviews

  • “Derr’s richly detailed, well-sourced research, however, offers a full plate of choices and razor-sharp analysis to help you connect the dots while not undermining the authenticity of the big picture.”

    Seattle Kennel Club

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About the Author

Mark Derr is the author of Dog’s Best Friend and A Dog’s History of America. As an expert on the subject of dogs, he has appeared regularly on The Charlie Rose Show and in documentaries for A&E and the Discovery Channel. He writes regularly for the Atlantic Monthly, Natural History, Smithsonian, and the New York Times. Derr lives in Miami Beach, Florida.