Sep 30 , 2020
Dogs date back to over 12,000 years ago! But when did their domestication start?
In Ancient Egypt, cats were treated as the most special animal and were treated like a god. This was largely due to the Egyptian belief that they bring good fortune.
Dogs, on the other hand, were never considered as such, but rather as protectors and hunters. But in Mesopotamia, dogs were viewed as protectors, healers, and the companion of the gods. It was during this era that the dog collar was introduced. The dog’s collars was a signal of the status of their masters. Decorated collars indicated wealthier owners. Simple collars meant a more modest owner.
After collars became the standard for domesticated dogs, owners began to see their potential. Dogs could help pull heavy loads, be stationed at strategic points to assist in guarding, join hunting groups to assist with tracking, and even carry messages between people.
While Ancient Egyptians used collars as decorative, Ancient Greeks used them as a protector of the dog's delicate neck. Collar spikes protect the throat of a dog from a bite by their enemies such as wolves. Farm dogs often worse these collars since wolf attacks are rampant in these rural areas. Collars are instrumental in training dogs for various activities.
Today collars are key in identifying and recovering missing or lost dogs and cats. As culture, beliefs, and practices evolve over time, dogs have remained a favorite companion.