The domestic dog is a subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus), a member of the Canidae family of the mammilian order Carnivora. The term "domestic dog" is generally used for both domesticated and feral varieties. The dog may have been the first animal to be domesticated, and has been the most widely kept working, hunting, and companion animal in human history. The word "dog" may also mean the male of a canine species as opposed to the word "bitch" for the female of the species.
Dogs' value to early human hunter-gatherers led to them quickly becoming ubiquitous across world cultures. Dogs perform many roles for people, such as hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and military, companionship, and, more recently, aiding handicapped individuals. This impact on human society has given them the nickname "Man's Best Friend" in the Western world. In some cultures, dogs are also source of meat. In 2001, there were estimated to be 400 million dogs in the world.
Guard dogs have been bred for the past 3,000 years to protect flocks of sheep and herds of goats, calves, poultry and other livestock from predators. They are large enough to intimidate or kill predators, withstand extreme weather, and bond with the animals they are protecting.
The dogs we breed here at Wagon Wheel Ranch are cross of the Anatolian Shepard and Akbash. We select our breeding dogs based on their performance in the pastures.
Guide Dogs wants a world in which all blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as everyone else. To that end, our mission is to provide guide dogs and other mobility services that increase the independence and dignity of blind and partially-sighted people.Funny Dogs and Funny Puppies gallery.