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It is a happy breed with average working intelligence, although by being bred to a show standard it is no longer an ideal working dog. Dogs have been selectively bred for thousands of years, sometimes by inbreeding dogs from the same ancestral lines, sometimes by mixing dogs from very different lines.[1] The process continues today, resulting in a wide variety of breeds, hybrids, and types of dog. George Washington received French Foxhounds, Grand Bleu de Gascogne, (which look much like an American Bluetick Coonhound) as a gift from the Marquis de Lafayette. However it has been disputed that "trying to achieve status" is characteristic of dog–human interactions.[118] Pet dogs play an active role in family life; for example, a study of conversations in dog–human families showed how family members use the dog as a resource, talking to the dog, or talking through the dog, to mediate their interactions with each other.[119] Another study of dogs' roles in families showed many dogs have set tasks or routines undertaken as family members, the most common of which was helping with the washing-up by licking the plates in the dishwasher, and bringing in the newspaper from the lawn.[114] Increasingly, human family members are engaging in activities centered on the perceived needs and interests of the dog, or in which the dog is an integral partner, such as dog dancing and dog yoga.[115] According to statistics published by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association in the National Pet Owner Survey in 2009–2010, it is estimated there are 77.5 million people with pet dogs in the United States.[120] The same survey shows nearly 40% of American households own at least one dog, of which 67% own just one dog, 25% two dogs and nearly 9% more than two dogs. Yet, although several programs are undergoing to promote pet adoption, less than a fifth of the owned dogs come from a shelter..

The early ancestors of this breed came from England, where until the first part of the 19th century, the Bulldog was bred in England. Centuries of selective breeding by humans has resulted in dogs being more genetically diverse than most other mammals by a considerable margin. Some dogs, such as the Löwchen, have an uncertain origin and are listed under several countries. It is estimated that three-quarters of the world's dog population lives in the developing world as feral, village or community dogs, with pet dogs uncommon.[76] "The most widespread form of interspecies bonding occurs between humans and dogs"[103] and the keeping of dogs as companions, particularly by elites, has a long history.[109] (As a possible example, at the Natufian culture site of Ain Mallaha in Israel, dated to 12,000 BC, the remains of an elderly human and a four-to-five-month-old puppy were found buried together).[110] However, pet dog populations grew significantly after World War II as suburbanization increased.[109] In the 1950s and 1960s, dogs were kept outside more often than they tend to be today[111] (using the expression "in the doghouse" to describe exclusion from the group signifies the distance between the doghouse and the home) and were still primarily functional, acting as a guard, children's playmate, or walking companion.

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