The Wolf that became Domesticated
Archaeological evidence suggests that in Arctic regions,wolves could have lived in close proximity with humans and become somewhat domesticated around 3,000 years ago. Along with Bronze Age people, it appears that the wolf spread downwards from the North. Originally called Esquimaux dogs, when domesticated they were used to pull sleds through the snow. Of 'Spitz' type they still exist in the wild on the continents of Europe, Asia, Australia and throughout the Americas. Many of today's pure-breeds are genetically similar to and can be traced directly back to this ancestry.