Dogs have been our furry companions for thousands of years, but they didn’t always look the way they do today.
Many well-known dog breeds have changed a lot physically in the last century, thanks to humans.
By identifying specific traits — such as size, coat color, and demeanor — and allowing only those animals to mate, humans have created at least 167 different “breeds,” or groups of dogs with unique physical and mental characteristics. Still, they’re all part of the same species.
Incredible images show how different dog breeds have evolved over the past century, from basset hounds’ ears getting longer to pugs developing flatter noses.
#2 Bull Terrier
dogsofallnations – The face of the bull terrier became shorter, while the jaws as well as the bridge of the nose became larger. The body shape became more muscular and legs—shorter.
#3 Basset Hound
dogsofallnations – The hind legs of the basset hound became shorter, while the ears became a lot longer. Their face also became shorter, and the skin now has more folds than it did before.
#5 Old English sheepdog
dogsofallnations – The Old English sheepdog used to be much shaggier than it is today. Apart from that, the looks haven’t changed much over the last 100 years.
#6 West Highland white terrier
dogsofallnations – This cutie hasn’t changed a lot during the years (probably because he was already so darn cute), but the fur became a little bit longer and thicker.
#7 Irish Setter
Wikipedia commons – Irish setters haven’t changed much, except for a longer and thicker coat they now have and a slightly thinner body.
#8 Scottish Terrier
Wikipedia commons – The body shape of Dobermann became more slender, while the ears look slightly different, too. Also, they’re not as aggressive as they used to be a century ago.
#10 German Shepherd
Wikipedia commons – Over the course of 100 years, German shepherds became larger, while their fur became longer and thicker. The skeleton has changed slightly too, while the chest of these majestic dogs is now wider.
dogsofallnations – While they appear rather similar, Newfoundlands were likely much smaller than they are today. “Dogs of all Nations” writes that the breed weighed somewhere around 100 pounds back in 1915, whereas today, Newfoundland males can weigh up to 150 pounds.
#12 Airedale Terrier
Wikipedia Commons – As you can see, Rottweilers today don’t have a docked tail anymore. Also, their coat is now coarser than it was before.
dogsofallnations – The body shape of the Boxer was obviously altered, while their faces used to be longer and more downturned than they are today.
#15 Shetland Sheepdog
#16 Great Dane
unknown – These long-legged dogs used to weigh less than they do today. According to “Dogs of All Nations,” they used to weigh around 120 pounds, while today, males can reach up to 175 pounds.
#17 Chow Chow
dogsofallnations – These adorable balls of fluff weighed around 50 pounds a century ago. Today, they weigh up to 75 pounds. In addition to this, the faces of Chow Chows became more wrinkly.