The Wonder Of Dogs
Confirmed for BBC Two on 19 September at 8.00pm to 9.00pm
Thursday 19 September
How can a single species come in so many surprising shapes and sizes? This is the wonder of dogs. They reveal the origins of some of the most iconic breeds and how much dogs have become such an integral part of our lives.
Over the centuries dogs have been cross bred to perform specialist tasks, from burrowing into dens to retrieving game.
Historian Ruth Goodman travels to the Guisachan Estate in the Scottish Highlands to meet hundreds of Golden Retrievers and their owners, at the ancestral home of this popular dog. Ruth discovers how far some dog lovers are prepared to go for some very well-groomed breeds such as the pampered Poodle and the Komondor with its dreadlocks.
The series is set in a typical English village and the team investigate the pedigrees of some of the village dogs using DNA science. Is the Cockerpoo what it claims to be? The team looks at the extraordinary genetics that allows dogs to come in so many different shapes, and how selective breeding is being used to change the features of the great British Bulldog.
The Wonder Of Dogs was produced in partnership with the Open University.
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