In recent research, scientist were able to put together a family tree of all the dog breeds, discovering the 161 canine breeds. The research began when researches began to explore the genomes of the dogs and wanting to understand how the dogs breeds came so diverse and so many breeds exist now. The team gathered DNA samples of dogs. Samples included dogs from competitions, shows, and the public, and dog owners had no problem being involved. Along with studying the origin of the dog breeds, this also gives researches a better understand of mutations and diseases. I think it is great that researchers are looking into the origin of dogs more in depth and taking the time to understand mutations and diseases that have been occurring more often in dogs. Dogs are now more than just hunting and nursery tools, that have become part of our families, and learning the origin of our four legged friends is amazing.