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Breeding dogs for textile production

A new study has revealed that the people who lived on the Pacific coast or North America before the Europeans arrived bread special long haired dogs for textile production.

Researchers found evidence of dog hair in the robe of fur and six of the woven textiles, primarily in a blend with goat hair.

However, the results published in the journal Antiquity, show there is no real proof of a preference for dog hair in high status fabrics and the researchers did not find any textiles made entirely of dog hair. Instead, researchers conclude that dog hair appears to have been used to supplement mountain goat hair, possibly as a bulking material.

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Story: Physorg | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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