How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog

How to Tame a Fox  and Build a Dog

Tucked away in Siberia, there are furry, four-legged creatures with wagging tails and floppy ears that are as docile and friendly as any lapdog. But, despite appearances, these are not dogs—they are foxes.

Author: Lee Alan Dugatkin

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226599717

Category: History

Page: 240

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Tucked away in Siberia, there are furry, four-legged creatures with wagging tails and floppy ears that are as docile and friendly as any lapdog. But, despite appearances, these are not dogs—they are foxes. They are the result of the most astonishing experiment in breeding ever undertaken—imagine speeding up thousands of years of evolution into a few decades. In 1959, biologists Dmitri Belyaev and Lyudmila Trut set out to do just that, by starting with a few dozen silver foxes from fox farms in the USSR and attempting to recreate the evolution of wolves into dogs in real time in order to witness the process of domestication. This is the extraordinary, untold story of this remarkable undertaking. Most accounts of the natural evolution of wolves place it over a span of about 15,000 years, but within a decade, Belyaev and Trut’s fox breeding experiments had resulted in puppy-like foxes with floppy ears, piebald spots, and curly tails. Along with these physical changes came genetic and behavioral changes, as well. The foxes were bred using selection criteria for tameness, and with each generation, they became increasingly interested in human companionship. Trut has been there the whole time, and has been the lead scientist on this work since Belyaev’s death in 1985, and with Lee Dugatkin, biologist and science writer, she tells the story of the adventure, science, politics, and love behind it all. In How to Tame a Fox, Dugatkin and Trut take us inside this path-breaking experiment in the midst of the brutal winters of Siberia to reveal how scientific history is made and continues to be made today. To date, fifty-six generations of foxes have been domesticated, and we continue to learn significant lessons from them about the genetic and behavioral evolution of domesticated animals. How to Tame a Fox offers an incredible tale of scientists at work, while also celebrating the deep attachments that have brought humans and animals together throughout time.
Categories: History

Reading Cats and Dogs

Reading Cats and Dogs

... and is often seen as supported by the well-known Siberian fox experiments conducted by Dmitri Belyaev and documented perhaps most thoroughly in Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut's How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary ...

Author: Zélia M. Bora

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781793611079

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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Throughout the world, people spend much of their time with animal companions of various kinds, frequently with cats and dogs. What meanings do we make of these relationships? In the ecocritical collection Reading cats and Dogs, a diverse array of scholars considers the philosophy, literature, and film devoted to human relationships with companion species. In addition to illuminating famous animal stories by Beatrix Potter, Jack London, Italo Svevo, and Michael Ondaatje, readers are introduced to the dog poems of Shuntarō Tanikawa, a Turkish documentary on stray cats as neighborhood companions, and the representation of diverse animal companions in Cameroonian novels. Focusing on “Stray and Feral Companions,” “The Usefulness of Companion Animals,” and “Problematizing Companion Animals,” Reading Cats and Dogs aims both to confirm and topple readers’ assumptions about the fellow travelers with whom we share our lives, our streets and fields, and our planet. Fifteen contributors from various countries reveal the aesthetic, ethical, and psychological complexities of our multispecies relationships, demonstrating the richness of ecocritical animal studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism



Except where stated otherwise, my main source for this story is Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut, How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog). Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump23 Started Evolution (Chicago, 2017).

Author: Rutger Bregman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408898963

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 496

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THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Guardian, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and Daily Express Book of the Year 'Hugely, highly and happily recommended' Stephen Fry 'You should read Humankind. You'll learn a lot (I did) and you'll have good reason to feel better about the human race' Tim Harford 'The book we need right now' Daily Telegraph 'Made me see humanity from a fresh perspective' Yuval Noah Harari It's a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest. Humankind makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too. In this major book, internationally bestselling author Rutger Bregman takes some of the world's most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the Blitz, a Siberian fox farm to an infamous New York murder, Stanley Milgram's Yale shock machine to the Stanford prison experiment, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think – and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society. It is time for a new view of human nature.
Categories: Business & Economics

Dog Behavior

Dog Behavior

In his book How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog), Dr. Lee Dugatkin provided the first complete overview of this study, noting that Belyaev believed that it would elucidate the mystery behind domestication, asserting that humans were ...

Author: James C. Ha

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 9780128167465

Category: Nature

Page: 228

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Dog Behavior: Modern Science and Our Canine Companions provides readers with a better understanding of canine science, including evolutionary concepts, ethograms, brain structures and development, sensory perspectives, the science of emotions, social structure, and the natural history of the species. The book also analyzes relationships between humans and dogs and how the latter has evolved. Readers will find this to be an ideal resource for researchers and students in animal behavior, specifically focusing on dog behavior and human-canine relationships. In addition, veterinarians seeking further information on dog behavior and the social temperament of these companion animals will find this book to be informative. Provides an accessible, engaging introduction to animal behavior specifically related to human-canine relationships Clarifies misunderstandings, mysteries and misconceptions about canines with historical evidence and scientific studies Offers insights and techniques to improve human-canine relationships
Categories: Nature

Dog Is Love

Dog Is Love

With Stalin's death: L. A. Dugatkin and L. Trut, How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of JumpStarted Evolution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017). 154 “red in tooth and claw”: A phrase ...

Author: Clive D. L. Wynne

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 9781328543967

Category: Pets

Page: 272

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A pioneering canine behaviorist draws on cutting-edge research to show that a single, simple trait--the capacity to love--is what makes dogs such perfect companions for humans, and to explain how we can better reciprocate their affection.
Categories: Pets



All modern domesticated dogs are descended from an ancient lineage of Eurasian gray wolf that is now extinct. ... of the Siberian domesticated fox experiments, see: Dugatkin, L. A., & Trut, L. (2017) How to tame a fox (and build a dog).

Author: David Linden

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781541698871

Category: Science

Page: 336

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Inspired by the abundance of unique personalities available on dating websites, a renowned neuroscientist examines the science of what makes you, you. David J. Linden has devoted his career to understanding the biology common to all humans. But a few years ago he found himself on OkCupid. Looking through that vast catalog of human diversity, he got to wondering: What makes us all so different? Unique is the riveting answer. Exploring everything from the roots of sexuality, gender, and intelligence to whether we like bitter beer, Linden shows how our individuality results not from a competition of nature versus nurture, but rather from a mélange of genes continually responding to our experiences in the world, beginning in the womb. And he shows why individuality matters, as it is our differences that enable us to live together in groups. Told with Linden's unusual combination of authority and openness, seriousness of purpose and wit, Unique is the story of how the factors that make us all human can change and interact to make each of us a singular person.
Categories: Science

Crossroads of Cuisine

Crossroads of Cuisine

Over half a century, foxes selected for tameness became not only more docile, but also developed the short muzzle, ... National Academy of Sciences 111 (2014), 6153-6158; Dugatkin and Trut (2017), How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog).

Author: Paul David Buell

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004432109

Category: History

Page: 352

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Crossroads of Cuisine offers history of food and cultural exchanges in and around Central Asia. It discusses geographical base, and offers historical and cultural overview. A photo essay binds it all together. The book offers new views of the past.
Categories: History

Dancing Cockatoos and the Dead Man Test How Behavior Evolves and Why It Matters

Dancing Cockatoos and the Dead Man Test  How Behavior Evolves and Why It Matters

“A Canine Chromosome 7 Locus Confers Compulsive Disorder Susceptibility.” Molecular Psychiatry 15, no. ... “Large-Scale Diversification of Skull Shape in Domestic Dogs: Disparity and Modularity. ... How to Tame a Fox (And Build a Dog).

Author: Marlene Zuk

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9781324007234

Category: Science

Page: 260

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A lively exploration of animal behavior in all its glorious complexity, whether in tiny wasps, lumbering elephants, or ourselves. For centuries, people have been returning to the same tired nature-versus-nurture debate, trying to determine what we learn and what we inherit. In Dancing Cockatoos and the Dead Man Test, biologist Marlene Zuk goes beyond the binary and instead focuses on interaction, or the way that genes and environment work together. Driving her investigation is a simple but essential question: How does behavior evolve? Drawing from a wealth of research, including her own on insects, Zuk answers this question by turning to a wide range of animals and animal behavior. There are stories of cockatoos that dance to rock music, ants that heal their injured companions, dogs that exhibit signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and so much more. For insights into animal intelligence, mating behavior, and an organism’s ability to fight disease, she explores the behavior of smart spiders, silent crickets, and crafty crows. In each example, she clearly demonstrates how these traits were produced by the complex and diverse interactions of genes and the environment and urges us to consider how that same process evolves behavior in us humans. Filled with delightful anecdotes and fresh insights, Dancing Cockatoos and the Dead Man Test helps us see both other animals and ourselves more clearly, demonstrating that animal behavior can be remarkably similar to human behavior, and wonderfully complicated in its own right.
Categories: Science



How to thrive with your dog Looda Kramer, Dr. Gary H. Kramer Irena Kramer ... Other dog-like traits were introduced into these foxes: raised tail, coming into heat every six months rather than ... How to tame a fox (and build a dog).

Author: Looda Kramer

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781039110434

Category: Pets

Page: 202

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AreaK9 is about dogs, how they perceive the world—which is totally different from the way humans do—and how they communicate with each other. Understanding “dog speak” provides great insights into what a dog is feeling and thinking at any point in time. The book answers questions on whether you should have a dog, how to choose a dog, and how to prepare your home and family for a new dog. There are answers to lots of specific dog-related problems, how to solve them, and better yet, how to prevent them. If you are a dog lover (of course, you are!) and you are willing to invest a little time each day in training your canine companion, you can improve your dog’s life, while improving your relationship at the same time. The goal of AreaK9 is to convince you that dogs simply want to be with us and with other dogs, and to provide us with unconditional love. After reading this book, you will be able to achieve a happy and fulfilling relationship with your dog—you can improve your life AND your dog's life, both emotionally and physically.
Categories: Pets

Survival of the Friendliest

Survival of the Friendliest

Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods, The Genius of Dogs (Oneworld Publications, 2013). 3. Lee A. Dugatkin, L. Trut, How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution (Chicago: University of ...

Author: Brian Hare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781786078841

Category: Social Science

Page: 217

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‘Brilliant, eye-opening, and absolutely inspiring – and a riveting read.’ Cass Sunstein, author of How Change Happens and co-author of Nudge What is the secret to humanity’s evolutionary success? Could it be our strength, our intellect… or something much nicer? From the authors of New York Times bestseller The Genius of Dogs comes a powerful new idea about how ‘friendliness’ is the key factor in the flourishing of our species. Hare and Woods present an elegant new theory called self-domestication, looking at examples of co-operation and empathy and what this can tell us about the evolutionary success of Homo sapiens…
Categories: Social Science