In this article about Ryan Bokyo collecting DNA samples from village dogs throughout the world, I found this amazing quote:
“It was also a good thing this collaborator was used to dealing with large mammals since the shepherds’ dogs near the [Lebanese] border with Syria were very large and not used to handling,” he adds. “There were also enormous guard dogs in that area. After the DNA was analyzed, we found out one of these dogs was actually a full-blooded wolf.”
In Lebanon, the wolf sometimes guards the sheep.
This wolf was probably raised from a pup to live with the livestock guardian dogs, and it adopted their mores and “culture,” which involves considering sheep as part of the family group and doing the utmost to protect them from predation.
I’d like to see how Coppinger would handle that one. In his theory, only dogs that have been bred to have no predatory behavior can ever be livestock guardian dogs. Exactly how many wolves have undergone that selection pressure?
There are no dogs that will never exhibit predatory behavior. There are only dogs that have a lowered tendency to exhibit it and that have also learned from other dogs what the proper behavior is. And those same dogs have to have bonded with the stock at some point. Otherwise, why would any dog consider a sheep part of its family group?