Thursday, September 02, 2004

The Wild Poodles of the Serengeti

So, for like eons dogs lived in the wild — or, rather, the predecessors of the animals that used to be dogs before human unnaturally selected them into poodles and St. Bernards and Greyhounds. Anyway, they lived in the wild and they evolved to survive in that environment: the ability to hunt, to protect themselves, to chew raw meat off some animal they’d catch. That kind of stuff. But now, since God knows when, dogs have been domesticated — probably long enough that their natural instincts have become dulled.

I’m not sure my dog could survive in the wild by himself. He’s a border collie, so his instincts drive him to herd animals, which is great if he’s living on a farm but not as handy for when he’s living in the forest with a pack of other border collies. Because, you know, dogs don’t raise sheep on their own.

So while Chief may not be the most ferocious animal, he’s cute. It comes down to a matter of taste, but most dogs are.

I wonder if, now that dogs have been domesticated, they’re evolving to be cuter. Since people are the ones who keep them fat and happy, it would be in their best interest to appeal to humans as much as possible.

I wonnce people are the ones who keep them fat and happy, it would be in their best interest to appeal to humans as much as possible.

I wonder — in the centuries to come, will dogs grow so cute as to become too cute?

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