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What is the most paleo breed of dog?

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Aside from wolves, what is the most paleo breed of dogs?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 26, 2013
at 04:20 PM

I love pit mutts! They seem perfectly athletic without the neurotic tendencies of other breeds (i.e. border collies). Sadly lost mine during that contaminated Chinese-made dog food episode a few years ago.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on January 06, 2013
at 01:41 AM

I agree. Buying a dog is definitely not paleo. Please adopt a shelter animal.

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

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on January 04, 2013
at 10:42 PM

I'm also a huge fan of "the pound".

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

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on January 04, 2013
at 10:41 PM

I upped some of the funny answers cuz they're funny, but yours is my favorite real answer because I do think the breeds are so distinctly bred to fit specific human lifestyles. I like this breed selector...http://www.puppyfinder.com/breedselector_size.php

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on January 04, 2013
at 09:52 PM

Gave you an up vote for the wolf comment. Mine is a wolf hybrid, or woofer as we call them. No idea if she is Paleo or not but they are super cool.

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on January 04, 2013
at 09:29 PM

Very true. They are an incredible commitment. Labs can be a handful too.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on January 04, 2013
at 09:13 PM

Any dog! They get you outside, make you walk and see nature, and they love to play and live in the moment! How much more Paleo can you get! (Please adopt a shelter dog. As they say "don't buy while shelter dogs die").

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on January 04, 2013
at 09:11 PM

Wolf hybrids are a handful. Investigate carefully if anyone even remotely considers a wolf hybrid as a pet. They're no joke.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on January 04, 2013
at 09:10 PM

Please adopt a shelter dog. I volunteer at my local animal shelter, and the number of beautiful and well-behaved dogs of all breeds and sizes that get dumped there is heartbreaking. Save a life, don't buy one.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on January 04, 2013
at 08:40 PM

Surely you meant to say "my African-American German Shepard"! You also talk like she's your bitch. This is 2013, so such language is not kosher at all.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on January 04, 2013
at 08:39 PM

That's racial..

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on January 04, 2013
at 07:00 PM

Yea Siberian Huskies were not exactly common in Taishan China in 1937. That being said some of the earliest signs of domestication of dogs exists in China. My Grandfather was forced off his farm and had to work in a textile factory, so the dog was an assistance dog to begin with but was no longer able to help much when they were forced into the work camps.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:31 PM

(Excuse the hyperlink. I have no clue what that is doing there).

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:27 PM

Would that be called a Golden Wolf? 'Cause that would be awesome!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:24 PM

That's because he initially must have kept his dog primarily as a pet, and not as an assistance to daily survival needs. If I did not initially use my dog for travel, protection, warmth, or hunting assistance, I would eat it if I were starving too. but if I had a Siberian husky I'd go hunting with it. Your grandfather must not have had a Siberian husky.

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:13 PM

Well until you run out of food. My grandfather was forced to kill and eat his dog when he was a kid in China, just after the Japanese occupation.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:11 PM

And if during the course of our evolution you chose to eat your dogs instead of use them for hunting assistance, warding off predetars, warmth, and traversing long distance then you would be quickly weeded out of the gene pool.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:04 PM

^ That is so not true. Dogs are ASSETS and NOT consumption goods. They are another gadget in our evolutionary toolbox. They are invaluable in harsh, arctic climates.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on January 04, 2013
at 05:56 PM

Dogs. The bananas of the animal kingdom.

3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

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on January 04, 2013
at 05:40 PM

Ha. No. I am planning to buy one :)

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on January 04, 2013
at 05:33 PM

Oh, and I wouldn't buy a husky if you live in a place without seasons. It'd be torture. Only get one if you're actually willing to spend lots of time with it outside. They're more expensive than most other dogs uprfront, but also over a lifetime because they're food is very high quality and you'll need to shell out around 1K for an extremely warm winter coat like a Canada Goose Expedition jacket (yes, that warm!). Otherwise you won't end up spending the necessary time with him/her outside in the cold on walks and playing fetch.

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Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on January 04, 2013
at 07:03 PM

what-is-the-most-paleo-breed-of-dog?

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on January 04, 2013
at 05:09 PM

If I'm interpreting your question correctly, then the Siberian Husky is the most paleo dog. Siberian Huskys are the oldest breed of dogs, which makes sense because they are essentially domesticated wolves (wild dogs). They're highly nomadic, and are incredible endurance animals.

Personally, I grew up with a husky and my father has one. I would definitely recommend the purchase if you're active and are able to take him/her out for long walks/runs every single day of the year, even in the winter (actually, especially in the winter months). IF you train him/her well when he/she is a puppy, you won't have to bother with a leash ever again. they are very loyal and simply beautiful to watch. Not as large as many think- they're smaller than golden retrievers as they are very dense and compact with muscle.

So, the Siberian Husky, is my vote because it is the oldest breed and highly nomadic. It eats a very natural diet (Blue Mountain dog food caters specifically to Siberian Huskys- grain free + higher protein- meat/fish/vegetables/berries/sweet potatoes). Very loyal if you train it well as a puppy. YOu need to assert yourself as the alpha of the household, otherwise you might as well own a wild wolf.

I am going to get another husky when I have children, and possibly even before then. I love then so much.

EDIT:

Owning a Siberian Husky is a real commitment, so if you're not ready, really just get a different kind of dog, regardless of how paleo it is. And I wouldn't buy a husky if you live in a place without seasons. It'd be torture. Only get one if you're actually willing to spend lots of time with it outside. They're more expensive than most other dogs upfront (if you buy a purebread and not from a shelter), but also over a lifetime because they're food is very high quality and you'll also need to shell out around 1K for an extremely warm winter coat like a Canada Goose jacket (yes, that warm!). Otherwise you won't end up spending the necessary time with him/her outside in the cold on walks and playing fetch, which will lead to "wanting behavior" on the dog's part it's not fair to the animal.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 04, 2013
at 05:33 PM

Oh, and I wouldn't buy a husky if you live in a place without seasons. It'd be torture. Only get one if you're actually willing to spend lots of time with it outside. They're more expensive than most other dogs uprfront, but also over a lifetime because they're food is very high quality and you'll need to shell out around 1K for an extremely warm winter coat like a Canada Goose Expedition jacket (yes, that warm!). Otherwise you won't end up spending the necessary time with him/her outside in the cold on walks and playing fetch.

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A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:26 PM

I would think mutts would be, and the more muttier the better. Dog breeding requires a lot of human intervention and causes all sorts of bad things to happen in the gene pool. Mutts are more natural because they come about from dogs "gettin" with other dogs because they want to. If you want a dog, go down to the animal shelther.

Oh, and wolves are not dogs ;)

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on January 04, 2013
at 05:34 PM

Why are you planning to eat one?

3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

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on January 04, 2013
at 05:40 PM

Ha. No. I am planning to buy one :)

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

(1307)

on January 06, 2013
at 01:41 AM

I agree. Buying a dog is definitely not paleo. Please adopt a shelter animal.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on January 04, 2013
at 09:10 PM

Please adopt a shelter dog. I volunteer at my local animal shelter, and the number of beautiful and well-behaved dogs of all breeds and sizes that get dumped there is heartbreaking. Save a life, don't buy one.

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5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on January 04, 2013
at 05:19 PM

I have some bad news for you...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 04, 2013
at 06:04 PM

^ That is so not true. Dogs are ASSETS and NOT consumption goods. They are another gadget in our evolutionary toolbox. They are invaluable in harsh, arctic climates.

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

(1230)

on January 04, 2013
at 07:00 PM

Yea Siberian Huskies were not exactly common in Taishan China in 1937. That being said some of the earliest signs of domestication of dogs exists in China. My Grandfather was forced off his farm and had to work in a textile factory, so the dog was an assistance dog to begin with but was no longer able to help much when they were forced into the work camps.

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

(1230)

on January 04, 2013
at 06:13 PM

Well until you run out of food. My grandfather was forced to kill and eat his dog when he was a kid in China, just after the Japanese occupation.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on January 04, 2013
at 05:56 PM

Dogs. The bananas of the animal kingdom.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 04, 2013
at 06:31 PM

(Excuse the hyperlink. I have no clue what that is doing there).

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 04, 2013
at 06:11 PM

And if during the course of our evolution you chose to eat your dogs instead of use them for hunting assistance, warding off predetars, warmth, and traversing long distance then you would be quickly weeded out of the gene pool.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 04, 2013
at 06:24 PM

That's because he initially must have kept his dog primarily as a pet, and not as an assistance to daily survival needs. If I did not initially use my dog for travel, protection, warmth, or hunting assistance, I would eat it if I were starving too. but if I had a Siberian husky I'd go hunting with it. Your grandfather must not have had a Siberian husky.

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:22 PM

So the most "paleo" dog would be the one that fits your personal lifestyle best. They should enhance your life and reduce your stress. If you are a farmer you might want a Great Pyrenees or a Rhodesian Ridgeback or the like which can be taught to work the fields and protect the herds.

For me, I want a dog that can (1) Come with me on a run; (2) Protect me if I am attacked; (3) Lay around like a lazy slug on Sundays.

Some of the dogs that fit that description are (note I've tried to take a wide sample, not an full list): Standard Schnauzer, Catahoula Cur, Akita Inu, German Shepard or an Irish Wolfhound

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

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on January 04, 2013
at 10:42 PM

I'm also a huge fan of "the pound".

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

(971)

on January 04, 2013
at 10:41 PM

I upped some of the funny answers cuz they're funny, but yours is my favorite real answer because I do think the breeds are so distinctly bred to fit specific human lifestyles. I like this breed selector...http://www.puppyfinder.com/breedselector_size.php

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on January 26, 2013
at 04:02 PM

My pit mix rescue looks very Paleo. Lookit those puppy muscles. If a dog breed ever looked like it worked out, it would be pits and pit mixes. He's also very Paleo because he keeps those muscles on frequent low-level activity and has an incredibly efficient metabolism (he's a lazy-butt who is more interested in tummy rubs than dinner).

what-is-the-most-paleo-breed-of-dog?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 26, 2013
at 04:20 PM

I love pit mutts! They seem perfectly athletic without the neurotic tendencies of other breeds (i.e. border collies). Sadly lost mine during that contaminated Chinese-made dog food episode a few years ago.

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A6d764c3cde45fe6c2ace3fa13bb4a5c

on January 26, 2013
at 04:06 AM

Catahoula, best dog I have ever had. Alot of work in the early years. She is about 7 years old now. We got her thru a rescue group from Louisiana after Katrina

1
6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on January 04, 2013
at 08:17 PM

The Wolf. The Robb Wolf.

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:49 PM

I have a very paleo German Shepherd Dog. She eats only raw food (except when she steals puffs from the baby!) such as chickens, beef, lamb, bison, goose & duck. She eats the bones, gizzards, necks - all of it. She guards our baby, my wife, and our home. She is very much a part of our family unit, and she is training every day for the squirrel apocalypse. Her natural role (I get that she was bred that way by man) is to protect. They can be trained to hunt and retrieve, but that takes a lot of work. She keeps us active and soon we are going to raise chickens, to feed our family and also give her another "flock" to herd. Just spending time with her gets us more "primal", by learning her language and interpreting (and sending back) her signals.

So do your research, make sure you are up for the commitment, and if it will be a healthy choice for you and your household, get a dog!

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:31 PM

My black German Shepard is 100% paleo. Doing better than me. She eats veggies, livers, hearts, bones and anyother typ if meat. I make her meals from scratch.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on January 04, 2013
at 08:40 PM

Surely you meant to say "my African-American German Shepard"! You also talk like she's your bitch. This is 2013, so such language is not kosher at all.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on January 04, 2013
at 08:39 PM

That's racial..

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on January 04, 2013
at 05:56 PM

Genetically it is probably the Basenji.

But it is better to get a dog that fits with your lifestyle and expectations. Decide what you want from a dog, how much time you can give it, how much exercise and the like. And then look into all breeds and shelter dogs. Find a good match for you, not a status symbol.

And all dogs are just as ancient as each other, excepting maybe those that have really long lifespans, they have all gone through a similar number of generations since "cavetime."

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E253f8ac1d139bf4d0bfb44debd1db21

on February 02, 2013
at 01:28 AM

There is only one supreme "paleo" non-wolf dog.

The little wolf, little bear ...

what-is-the-most-paleo-breed-of-dog?

Pomeranian!

But seriously, new research on dog versus wolf genetics indicates the one of the central adaptations in the evolution of dogs from wolves was in the selection of genes that confer the ability to metabolise and thrive on carbs.

Therefore, dogs are not really paleo given their rapid genetic adaptation towards neolithic diets - irrespective of how tough (or not) they look :)

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:26 PM

Carolina Dogs. They are descended from the dogs that Native Americans had. They can still be found in the swamps of SE United states. They are also called the American Dingo, and are one of many types of Pariah Dogs found all over the world. Other examples of pariah dogs are the Australian Dingo, New Guinea Singing Dog, Canaan Dog, and Korean Jindo. Also ones that are still breeds but closer to the old style dog are the Catahoula Leopard Dog, Basenji, and Tennessee treeing dog.

I had a Carolina that I found near the Ogeechee River for sixteen years before she passed earlier in the year. They look just like "average" dogs but they are the best smartest dogs you could ask for. There are only a few recognized breeders, and puppies can be around $800. I am thinking about getting one, since I probably won't be finding another puppy in a swamp anytime soon.

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C8a5c6d2804326646bb274e491f7f21b

on January 04, 2013
at 06:13 PM

I'd say any thats half wolf. Half wolf and half golden retrievers can be awesome.

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on January 04, 2013
at 09:29 PM

Very true. They are an incredible commitment. Labs can be a handful too.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on January 04, 2013
at 09:11 PM

Wolf hybrids are a handful. Investigate carefully if anyone even remotely considers a wolf hybrid as a pet. They're no joke.

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:27 PM

Would that be called a Golden Wolf? 'Cause that would be awesome!

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on January 04, 2013
at 05:12 PM

Hmm... well I have a Corgi Mix. Corgis are herding dogs. Therefore, I guess I could use him to herd potential food sources such as goat, lamb, cow, etc.

I would attach a photo of him, but I can't get the image posting to work :(

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on January 04, 2013
at 04:59 PM

Is it paleo to keep pets? I guess any kind of hound that could help you hunt down your meat... Or maybe a retriever if you're duck hunting? Aside from helping to obtain food, I can't think of a "paleo" reason to keep a pet... That said, we have 2 beagles and I don't hunt.

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