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The Surprising Connection Between Pekingese and Wolves

Other than having four paws and furry coats, most people wouldn’t guess that Pekingese have much to do with wolves. However, a scientific study of dog DNA yielded some interesting and unexpected results.

One such discovery caught researchers off guard when they learned that completely unexpected breeds were among the most ancient descendents of dogs’ wolf-like ancestors. Admittedly, finding that the Basenji, Saluki, Afghan Hound, Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky and Samoyed were in this group wasn’t the “wow” moment, but realizing that the Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Shar-Pei, and Shih Tzu also showed the closest genetic relationship to the wolf ancestors of dogs, was.

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