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East Asian Village Dog

East Asian Village Dog

Many years ago, when wolves began scavenging our hunting camps, they became gradually attuned to human life. Genetic changes in those wolves over time led to tameness, small body size and early age of first reproduction that soon after yielded what we see today in the East Asian village dogs.

Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club

About this Breed

Village dogs – medium-sized dogs with pointy snouts that freely breed and live near people around the world – from present-day Nepal and Mongolia are direct descendants of the first domesticated dogs, which originated at least 15,000 years ago in the same region. Genetic studies observe a clear divergence between village dog populations in East Asia (Vietnam and Island Southeast Asia), Central Asia (Mongolia and Nepal), India, the Middle East (Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Turkey, and Afghanistan), and sub-Saharan Africa. East Asian village dogs (like yours!) are some of the most genetically diverse dogs on earth, similar to their counterparts in Southeast and Central Asia.

Many years ago, when wolves began scavenging our hunting camps, they became gradually attuned to human life. Genetic changes in those wolves over time led to tameness, small body size and early age of first reproduction that soon after yielded what we see today in the East Asian village dogs.

Most modern breeds are less than 200 years old, and primarily derive from European dogs. As Embark gets more samples of East Asian village dogs like yours, we may be able to learn even more about their role in the history and evolution of the dog – like what were the pressures that led a wild population of dogs to hitch their futures to us – or – why were dogs the first animal to become domesticated by humans? Thanks to you, we’re even closer to advancing science enough to answer those questions.

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Favorite Names

For Male

  1. Bear
  2. Ollie
  3. Archie
  4. Benji
  5. Charlie
  6. Hunter
  7. Indy
  8. Kuma
  9. Oliver
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For Female

  1. Lucy
  2. Sadie
  3. Ellie
  4. Luna
  5. Nala
  6. Zoe
  7. Bella
  8. Evie
  9. Shadow
  10. Xena