Season 25, Episode 11 Dogs That Changed the World: The Rise of the Dog

First Aired: April 22, 2007

Part 1 of 2. The history of the dog is traced from its genetic roots as a wolf. Included: Swedish geneticist Peter Savolainen, who used the dog's mitochondrial DNA to trace it to its ancestral home in East Asia. Also: Inuit sled dogs, which subsist on snow and blubber; the Doberman pinscher, which was bred by a German tax collector in the late 19th century; the border collie, which makes an excellent sheepherder.

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  • Premiered: October 10, 1982
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: PBS's signature (and multi-award-winning) natural-history series uses gifted wildlife documentarians and stunning photography to reveal what its first host, Donald Johanson, called `the magic and mystery of the fascinating natural world.' The series has ga… (more)

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