Why are dogs called ‘man’s best friend’?

For centuries, people have claimed dogs to be one of their closest and best companions. Of all pets, dogs serve the widest range of roles: protector, helper, lifesaver, and companion. Dogs are incredible friends to people, and they have been companions for centuries. The relationship between dogs and humans is very deep and old.

a mutually beneficial relationship

Dogs and people began living together about 15,000 years ago when dogs followed the migration of people across East Asia. This relationship was natural because both humans and dogs are social animals. No one can succeed if they live alone, and both benefit mentally (and often physically) from strong social bonds.

more than a pet

Dogs have proven themselves time and again to be loyal, kind, intelligent, and even have an indomitable spirit. They happily greet us after the worst day of our lives and make us feel better with a wag of their tail and a playful smile.

Do you want to live a healthy life? Maybe you should get a dog.

The health benefits of living with a dog as a companion are being well documented in numerous scientific studies. The study authors stressed that these health benefits only apply if the dog is well exercised and cared for. Even though dogs don’t provide any direct health benefits, the unconditional love and companionship they provide is invaluable. They are with us when we are sick, sad and alone. They love us even when we’re grumpy, rude, or just plain crazy.

Where did the phrase “man’s best friend” come from?

West argued that when a neighbour killed Old Drum for trespassing, the neighbour took the life of more than just a pet – he killed an important member of the family. West famously said, “Man can have a perfect, unselfish friend in this selfish world—one who never proves ungrateful or disloyal—and that is his dog.”

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