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What dogs are really up to

Raymond and Laura Coppinger remind us that most nations simply can’t afford to be as sentimental about dogs as the British

30 April 2016

9:00 AM

30 April 2016

9:00 AM

What is a Dog? Raymond Coppinger and Lorna Coppinger

University of Chicago Press, pp.240, £21, ISBN: 9780226127941

Before I read this book, I thought I knew what a dog was. It barks, it wags its tail, it fetches sticks, it craps on the carpet. However, now that I’ve finished this learned tome, I realise there’s a bit more to it than I thought. As well as the domestic dog (Canis familiaris), the genus Canis also includes wolves, jackals, dingoes and coyotes.

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