The Originals, as in dog breeds, not one of my fave CW shows with lots of hot vampires and werewolves and such. The original dog breeds have been subject to an infinite amount of conjecture by scientists, dog geeks and dog lovers probably since the first wolf inched closer to that long ago fire.
This year, in 2017, it was discovered that 9,000 years ago the domestic dog was present in the north eastern part of Siberia, which was connected to the rest of Russia at that time. They were heavy built dogs bred to pull sleds through the brutal snows and cold of that area and to be able to hunt. These dogs are very similar genetically to the Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky of today. No surprise there!
THE VICTORIAN ERA WAS DOG CRAZY
Thanks to the British during the Victorian Era (1830-1900) when dog breeding for very specific traits, looks and features was undertaken with a vengeance, the DNA has been a bitch to trace (hehehe-bad dog pun, I am giddy).
A group of VERY dedicated scientists examined 48,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms of 912 dogs representing 85 breeds.*
As would be expected, the breeds were differentiated by function, or what people wanted them to DO.
Toy Dogs - Companions bred for small size
Spaniels - Bred to flush birds
Mastiffs - Bred to guard
Spitz - Bred to withstand cold
Terriers - Bred to kill rats
Retrievers - Bred to bring game back to hunter
Scent Hound - Bred to follow trail
Sight Hounds - Bred to hunt by sight
Herding Dogs - Bred to keep flocks/herds under control
After further genetic study and I'm sure some shouting at the dog researcher meetings, they narrowed it down from the 17 first round down to 13.
The criteria was they had to genetically divergent (loved the movies) and not be a cross. The 13 breeds that were genetically divergent from the modern breeds are the Afghan Hound, Akita, Alaskan Malamute, American Eskimo, Basenji, Canaan Dog, Chow, Chinese Shar-Pei, Dingo, New Guinea Singing Dog, Saluki, Samoyed, and Siberian Husky. Later the Eurasier, Finnish Spitz and Shiba Inc were added to this list as a sub-group.
After further testing, deliberations and fisticuffs this list was reduced to just NINE.
ANY THE FINAL NINE ARE....
These nine were grouped into three categories of dogs considered distinct from today's modern dogs:
ASIAN GROUP - Akita, Chow, Chinese Shar-Pei, and New Guinea Singing Dog
MIDDLE EASTERN GROUP - Afghan and Saluki
NORTHERN GROUP - Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky