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(Daily Mail)   Ever wondered how a tiny chihuahua can be related to a Rottweiler? Well wonder no more with this infographic of a dog family tree that highlights the diversity of dogs and how breeds are interconnected   ( ) divider line 17
    More: Interesting, rottweilers, genetic variations, complex network, family trees  
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11397 clicks; posted to Main » on 24 Mar 2014 at 7:22 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-03-24 07:31:59 PM  
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2014-03-24 08:39:31 PM  
2 votes:
Well, I'd rather they discuss the method they used.

Anybody can draw lines and show their balls NTTIAWWT, but what validated technique helped them draw those lines and those balls?
2014-03-24 07:53:25 PM  
2 votes:
um Dogs and Wolves are a single species (in the sense that they interbreed)

They do not have a strict family tree, though you can sort of arrange the breeds into a tree on the basis of trait/gene inheritance. To classify mutts you really need an inheritance graph.

A more interesting question is which breeds have multiple ancestors? Are there cases where say a lap-dog was crossed with a wolf to generate a rat-dog?
2014-03-24 07:32:03 PM  
2 votes:
There's a copy of the chart here .
2014-03-24 10:16:57 PM  
1 vote:

ph0rk: Jesus what a bloody mess. That diagram is terrible.

Have they never heard of a cladogram?

Yeah no shiat, they seem to be taking the groupings from the classes in some dog fancy association, not from how those breeds are genetically related.
2014-03-24 09:42:27 PM  
1 vote:

Russ1642: Hopefully I'm here before the nutjobs that claim the chihuahua is descended from the fennec fox rather than wolves.

Not fox, dude. Rat. 15% rat DNA.
2014-03-24 08:26:22 PM  
1 vote:
Disappointed. Was expecting a chart to show what breads contributed to what like the extinct Alaunt and Pugnaces Britanniae contributed to the English Mastiff which contributed to the Scottish Deerhound which was used to breed modern day Irish Wolfhounds making them distant cousins to the Bulldog by way of the Alaunt. But that would be too hard having to read wikipedia all day...
2014-03-24 08:12:08 PM  
1 vote:
This reminds me of "The Periodic Table of the Vegetables"... clever idea, but failed to achieve anything clever in terms of arranging related items into related columns, or any of the other insights incorporated into the real Periodic Table of the Elements.

Similarly here, we have the Corgis which are... Herding dogs, duh.  That's it?  Nothing interesting regarding their relationship with Valhunds, German Sheperds, Spitz dogs, and Dachsunds?
2014-03-24 08:04:24 PM  
1 vote:

macross87: But what of Politicians?

Not related to any form of canine. You're thinking of pondscum.
2014-03-24 08:01:51 PM  
1 vote:
This chart doesn't have much to do with genetics. Its not a family tree its just categorizing breeds.

Boxers, for example were bred from Old English Sheepdogs and Bullenbeisers. But the chart has them as "common guard dogs".

// mine only guards against UPS truck drivers
2014-03-24 07:43:23 PM  
1 vote:
I assumed New World dogs would be more closely related to one another than to Old World dogs that do the same basic job.
2014-03-24 07:41:31 PM  
1 vote:
Jesus what a bloody mess. That diagram is terrible.

Have they never heard of a cladogram?
2014-03-24 07:37:13 PM  
1 vote:
Incomplete. I don't see Michelle Obama on there.
2014-03-24 07:32:11 PM  
1 vote:
Is it just me or is there no way to zoom in on the chart?
2014-03-24 07:32:08 PM  
1 vote:
i'll be sure to print the chart out and shove it in any ants' nests i find. then i'll wait for them to evolve for a few billion years and they can explain it to me. thanks, dailymail
2014-03-24 07:29:34 PM  
1 vote:
Be great if one could read any detail on that chart.
2014-03-24 07:29:19 PM  
1 vote:
Is that a chart, or a paper target from a police firing range?
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