“Geneticists have fallen hard for our canine companions, sequencing thousands upon thousands of dogs, including pedigreed purebreds, mysterious mutts, highly trained working dogs, free-ranging village dogs and even ancient canine remains.

Research on canine cognition and behavior has taken off, too. ‘Now dog posters are taking up half of an animal behavior conference,’ said Monique Udell, who directs the human-animal interaction lab at Oregon State University. ‘And we’re starting to see cat research following that same trend.'”

From New York Times.