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World's oldest dog lived 31,700 years ago. Which breed did it resemble? Where was it excavated?

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

Some facts:

1. Humans from the Upper Paleolithic period may have been the first to domesticate dogs.

2. Dog domestication might have begun when prehistoric hunters killed a female wolf and then brought home her pups.

3. The oldest dog lived on a diet of horse, musk ox and reindeer but not fish or seafood.

4. The oldest dogs were possibly used for tracking, hunting, and transport of game.

5. Paleolithic dogs had wider and shorter snouts; were physically strong; and had a strong bite.

6. The second oldest dog was found in Russia - 14,000 years ago.

What's your guess? Which breed did the oldest dog resemble and where was it excavated ?

A. It resembled the chihuahua in shape but in size was comparable to a Bulldog. It was excavated in Mexico.

B. It resembled the Dachshund in shape but in size was more like the German Shepherd. It was excavated in Germany.

C. It resembled the Siberian husky in shape but in size was comparable to a large shepherd dog. It was excavated in Belgium.

D. It resembled the rat terrier in shape but in size was comparable to a Great Dane. It was excavated in Denmark.

E. It resembled the Rottweiler and was about the same size. It was excavated in Germany.

The oldest dog was excavated at Goyet Cave in Belgium. "In shape, the Paleolithic dogs most resemble the Siberian husky but in size, however, they were somewhat larger, probably comparable to large shepherd dogs," added Germonpré, a paleontologist at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. (Answer: C).

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