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Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition$
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Adam Miklosi

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199295852

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295852.001.0001

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A comparative approach to Canis

A comparative approach to Canis

(p.67) CHAPTER 4 A comparative approach to Canis
Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition

Ádám Miklósi

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a comparative background for the study of dog behaviour by introducing the main behavioural features of dog-like species of Canis. The main aim here is to give an understanding of evolutionary and ecological constraints that might have played an important role in shaping the behaviour of this group of predators. Most emphasis is given to the behaviour of the wolf, which is considered to be the ancestor of all dogs living today. A detailed review of the social aspects of wolf behaviour offers also a comparison to the similar traits in feral dogs.

Keywords:   Canis, phylogenetic relationships, wolves, feral dogs, social behaviour, pack, family, social structure, behavioural comparisons

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