This article argues that in some societies, the dog you own can signal your social class, preferences and even your personality.


Katrina Gulliver writing in Aeon, makes the following points:
  • Creating family trees for pets and named breeds strengthens our relationships with our pets.
  • Humans have long had pets as well as working animals.
  • Selective breeding has given us dogs that can assist us in various tasks.
  • In Early Modern Europe, small dogs that were purely pets and provided companionship also showed that their owner had wealth and status.
  • Dogs have moved from the kennel to the house, and owning one can sometimes express our culture and values.


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