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National Geographic looks at dogs and investigates how humans have taken an active role in shaping their appearance and behavior through selective breeding.

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Jackie Mow
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Gregory Acland Gregory Acland ... Himself - Cornell University
Gustavo D. Aguirre Gustavo D. Aguirre ... Himself - University of Pennsylvania
Mike Christman Mike Christman ... Himself - President, Dogo Argentino Club of America
Trey Fondon Trey Fondon ... Himself - Evolutionary Biologist
Rodd Houston ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Dan Jacobs Dan Jacobs ... Himself - Missy's Owner
Jean Jacobs Jean Jacobs ... Herself - Missy's Owner
Adam Miklosi Adam Miklosi ... Himself - Eötvös Loránd University
Alice Moon-Fanelli Alice Moon-Fanelli ... Herself - Tufts University
James Serpell James Serpell ... Himself - University of Pennsylvania
Klim Sulimov Klim Sulimov ... Himself - Dog Breeder
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National Geographic looks at dogs and investigates how humans have taken an active role in shaping their appearance and behavior through selective breeding.

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USA

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English

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15 August 2007 (USA) See more »

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Fascinating.
2 January 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I found "Science of Dogs" to be a very fascinating show--perhaps because I have dogs. It's NOT a show about how cute or nice dogs are but about their genetic malleability and how easily mankind has manipulated these creatures into many amazing types in a very short period of time. For example, according to the show, about 80% of the recognized breeds were developed in the last 150 years! The pitfalls and benefits of this as well as how SOME of this research can help understand human genetics is the main focus of the show. The show manages to be very interesting, scientifically important and entertaining--no small task! Well worth your time and very educational. In fact, I could see this film being used with teens to teach them about genetics, diversity and many other topics.

By the way, if you enjoy this also try to find the "Nova" episode "Dogs Decoded". It's quite similar but its study on the genetics of foxes is really, really interesting.


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