Canine Crania

Your Dog’s Head and Why It Looks That Way

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Imprint or Series:Dogs in Our World

About the Book

With the establishment of national kennel clubs, conformation dog shows, and pedigrees that only register “purebred” dogs, the majority of these breeds have only been developed in the last 165 years. Today’s dog comes in a seemingly infinite range of sizes, shapes, coats, and colors. This diversity is the product of selective breeding which, in turn, is primarily in the hands of breeders and judges.
Perhaps nowhere is the diversity of the dog more evident than in the skull, which, in contrast to wild canids, is too often misshapen and deformed. With selective breeding to arbitrary standards of canine beauty comes a myriad of health concerns, including shortened life expectancy in many cases. We have literally shaped—and continue to alter—the domestic dog, but we must ultimately ask two questions: for what purpose and at what cost to our “best friend?”

About the Author(s)

Bryan Cummins, PhD, is an anthropologist who has conducted archival and field research in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and France and taught for McMaster University’s Department of Anthropology for 25 years. He lives in Ontario, Canada.
Kaelyn Racine is currently pursuing a master’s degree in ecological management and conservation biology at Queen’s University Belfast in Ireland. Her academic research focuses on environmental conservation, climate change, and the impact of human development on natural ecosystems.

Bibliographic Details

Bryan D. Cummins with Kaelyn Racine. Series Editor Brian Patrick Duggan
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 135 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9474-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5341-9
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Dogs in Our World