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Dogs Have Been ‘Man’s Best Friend’ For Over 20,000 Years

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: A Labrador Retriever, the number 1 most popular breed of 2016,is shown at The American Kennel Club Reveals The Most Popular Dog Breeds Of 2016 at AKC Canine Retreat on March 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

How long have dogs been ‘man’s best friend’? More than 20,000 years, scientists say.

A new study released this week claims that the first humans to migrate into North American 15,000 years ago brought their dogs with them.

But the human-canine connection goes back even farther than that – it’s believed that dogs were first domesticated in Siberia some 23,000 years ago.

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Why do dogs have such a close connection with humans?

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