Researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences are reporting they’ve found the oldest evidence of dog breeding in the world. Archaeologists Vladimir Pitulko and Aleksey Kasparov found the remains of at least 13 dogs while working on Zhokhov, a high latitude Arctic Island.
According to Pitulko and Kasparov, their analyses of the canine remains show that inhabitants of Zhokhov Island created a specific domesticated dog breed 9,000 years ago. They say the dogs were used for hunting and sledding. They further state that sled dogs could have been in Siberia as much as 15,000 years ago.
They published their findings in the June 2017 edition of the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.
Vladimir V. Pitulko and Aleksey K. Kasparov. “Archaeological dogs from he Early Holocene Zhokhov site in the Eastern Siberian Arctic.” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Vol 13, June 2017. Available online May 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.04.003