Vase c 500 BC
It is difficult to put an exact date on when the dog-man relationship began. But certainly dogs and man originated about the same time several millennia BC and gave each other mutual advantages. Dogs had greater speed and sense of smell than man and therefore assisted with tracking, capturing and killing other wild animals for food while man provided dogs with shelter and protection from wild predators. This section explores how and why the various types of dogs evolved and the purpose of their classification into the various groups of breeds.
As I have devoted most of my life to one breed in particular - Airedale Terriers - the history of that breed in Australia is also explored here in some detail.