History of National Canine Moms Day

The origins of dogs date back 20,000 to 40,000 years ago, when their wolf ancestors began living with our hunter-gatherer ancestors. This was long before humans domesticated plants, goats, cattle or any other animal. According to scientists, the dogs are descended from the same species of wolves as the gray wolves of ancient Eurasia. How these wild wolves were domesticated and evolved into breeds like Chihuahuas, Spaniels or Poodles is still the subject of many theories. But what we do know is that somehow these wolves formed a symbiotic relationship with our hunter-gatherer ancestors, creating immense benefits for both parties.

Following the nomadic lifestyle of the master hunter-gatherers, dogs quickly spread across the world. According to the multiple domestication theory, while wild wolves were domesticated in Eastern Eurasia, another group of wolves were also domesticated in the West independently. About 5,000 years ago, some humans from the east migrated west, taking their dogs. These Oriental dogs breed beyond Western dogs, becoming the dominant breed. This is why only 10% of today’s dogs have DNA similar to that of these now extinct ancient western dogs.

As humans settled and cultivated the land around them, they began to breed dogs to meet their needs. It was more prevalent in the Victorian era. Now we have tracking dogs, fire dogs, rescue dogs, military dogs, guide dogs, companion dogs, and more.

In 2018, dog dating app Dig launched National Dog Moms Day for women who love dogs to thank dog moms, foster dog moms and expectant dog moms. for all the love they give to the puppies.