The 10 oldest dog breeds in the world

Archaeological and historical evidence has shown that dogs have cohabited with humans since the dawn of time. And while new breeds of dogs continue to appear in modern civilizations, there are also many breeds inherited from the past. Some of these breeds are over 6,000 years old, and some are so old that it’s hard to trace their origins. With that in mind, here are 10 of the oldest dog breeds in the world.

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10. Pekingese

Originally from Beijing, China, the Pekingese is a breed of dog that has been around for over 2,000 years. If Pekingese today are small companion dogs that love to be pampered and cuddled, it’s no wonder since Pekingese were once reserved for ancient Chinese royalty and have long been considered sacred. At the time, it was thought to be a smaller version of the lions.

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