Fascinating Photos Of What Dog Breeds Looked Like 100 Years Ago Vs Today

Selective breeding means many of the breeds that are around today no longer look anything like what used to look like. Since the first dog was domesticated some 30,000 years ago, have purposely bred certain types together in order to select for very particular traits. Over thousands of years this has led to a huge variety in the species, with breeds differing from each other in significant ways.
This process only accelerated in the 20th century as more sophisticated methods of selective breeding were discovered, and modern medicine allowed for breeders to inspect dogs at the gene level. This means that dog breeds 100 years ago are vastly different to their contemporary counterparts. In some cases, this breeding has led to dogs that just appear different, but in others it has caused severe problems to the . These of dog breeds then and now provide clear evidence for just how breeding hurts dogs.



St. Bernard

German Shepherd

Airedale Terrier

Basset Hound



West Highland White Terrier

Doberman Pinscher


Shetland Sheepdog

Bull Terrier

Irish Setter


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