Dogs are believed to be amongst one of the earliest animals to be domesticated by men, as early as 1000 BC. The strong bond and intimate relationship between men and dogs resulted in dogs being a central motif for decoration or artistic depiction. Ancient Greeks and Romans favoured dogs as pets and for hunting and the Romans are known to have brought their faithful companions in battle. They were very valued for their faithfulness, obedience, courage and strength. In Ancient Egypt the god Anubis was depicted having a dog head, he was the god of embalming and had an active part in the ceremony of the weighing of the heart, where the fate of the dead’s soul was determined, destining them either to paradise or hell.

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