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By Martin Wallen

The fascinating query within the identify comes from an inscription at the collar of a puppy Alexander Pope gave to the Prince of Wales. while Pope wrote the recognized couplet “I am his Highness’ puppy at Kew, / Pray inform me Sir, whose puppy are You?” the query used to be got as an expression of loyalty. That was once an period prior to there have been puppy breeds and, now not coincidentally, prior to humans have been usually believed to enhance affectionate bonds with canines. This interdisciplinary research specializes in the advance of puppy breeds within the eighteenth and 19th centuries. starting with the Foxhound—the first smooth breed—it examines the cultured, political, and technological forces that generate sleek human-canine family members. those forces have colluded during the last 2 hundred years to impose slender descriptions of human-canine kinfolk and to form the canine bodily into appropriate and recognizable breeds. the biggest query in animal stories today—how alterity impacts human-animal relations—cannot totally be thought of until eventually the 2 techniques to this query are understood as enhances of each other: one starting from aesthetics, the opposite from know-how. so much of all, the booklet asks if we will interact with canines in ways in which let them stay dogs.


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