True Dogs | Canini
Canini is a tribe of dog-like canines including dogs, wolves, jackals and coyotes that inhabit different parts of the world. They are representatives of the dog-like carnivorous families (Caninae) and can be identified by a longer tail, shorter torso, and less pointed ears.
Members of the Canini tribe often exhibit social nature and have advanced expressed behaviors, hence you will find them living in a nuclear family and traveling in groups for cooperative hunting and tackling larger prey. This also allows them to be territorial, dominating areas that they live. Throughout history, members such as wolves have been popular motifs in folklore, religion, and mythology. Besides, they have also been in several literature books and fables, in heraldry and emblems.
A Canini is more dog-like while a Vulpini is much more fox-like. The members of the Canini tribe are also regarded as true dogs and have an enlarged frontal sinus while the Vulpini often has shorter legs than the Canini. A Canini is also more closely related to wolves than to a Vulpini.
The Canini tribe first appeared about 9 million years ago, is the sister tribe to the Vulpini, and represents the dog-like tribe of the Caninae family. The early Canini tribe was represented by the Eucyon. The members of the Canini tribe include foxes, dogs, and wolves.
Wolves and foxes are related as they are considered cousins. Foxes diverged from the wolf lineage about 12 million years ago. Domesticated dogs also evolved from this diversion and foxes and wolves are their wild relatives. Both the wolves and foxes are a model for the domestication of the dog.