Why do Dogs Bury Bones?

Dogs have been friends of man longer than other domestic animals. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, when giant, woolly mammoths still roamed the earth and mend lived in caves, the dogs first became man’s friend.

Despite the long history of being domesticated animals, the habits of dogs today can only be explained by going back their ancestry before man tamed them. Strangely enough, scientists are not able to trace the history of the horse, for example.

Some believe that dogs are the result of the mating of wolves and jackals a long time ago. Other scientists say that some dogs are descended from wolves, other dogs from jackals, other from coyotes, and some from foxes.


The best theory seems to be that the wolf and our modern dog are descended from a very remote, common ancestor. It so happens that many animals have instinctive habits today that are quite useless, but which their ancestors found necessary to life.

These habits or instincts do not die out even though hundreds of thousands of years have passed. So if we recall that out dogs are descended from beasts which lived in a wild state a long time ago, we can explain some of their habits.


When a dog buries a bone today, it may be because his ancestors were not fed regularly by man, and had to store food away for future use. When a dogs turns around three times before he settles down to sleep, it may be that he is doing it because his remote ancestors had to beat down a nest among the forest leaves or jungle grasses. When a dogs bays, it is probably a reminder of the time when all dogs used to run in packs like wolves.

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