Fossils of Psovy were found in North America. Presumably, they arose in the period of 55-34 million years ago. At the moment, the Psov family includes about 10 genera, which include 35 different types. They are found almost everywhere, except for some regions of Madagascar and New Zealand. In these territories there are only domesticated dogs. Representatives of Psovs differ in their size, habits and appearance. This family includes both tiny fenecs and large wolves. A common feature between all types is a similar structure of the body, the presence of a long and fluffy tail and elongated limbs. All representatives of the Psovy are fingerbased animals, whose hind legs are fourfingered and nonstrict claws. The only exception is the shrub dog, which is distinguished by a squat body and short limbs.
Types of the Psov family
Melvilles Island Wolf
A striped jackal
Other types of family
The most remarkable feature of the Psov family is their adaptive behavior. It is noticeably based on their social structure. Dog food habits are not inferior to interspecific. Hyenic dogs, red wolves and shrub dogs are able to overcome large booty. They hunt mainly in flocks or groups. Similar behavior is characteristic of gray wolves, kayot and jackals. They eat almost everything from freshly prolonged meat, and ending with various berries and carrion.
Almost all Psovs are characterized by the creation of groups. In particular, foxes and foxes stay in groups, even when they hunt one by one. This is justified by the fact that so animals protect their boundaries, protect offspring and can compete with neighbors.
In the process of evolution, the dogs adapted to move at high speed, so now they can easily catch prey in open areas after prolonged persecution at high speed. As a result, the victim simply falls from exhaustion. Dog booty grabs the neck and shavely shake until they break it. Then they make a mortal blow to the ground. When hunting large game, representatives of the Psovy break it to pieces, as a result of which the victim dies from shock.
Almost all types of family of dogs are distinguished by excellent sense of smell and hearing, but have poorly developed vision.
Most of the Psovy are agricultural pests. For this reason, they are often shot. For this and a number of other reasons, animals of this family belong to the category of rare. Many of them have already crossed the line for the threat of extinction. Another reason for their reduction is the destruction of biotopes familiar to them. Types such as a shrub dog and a shorthaired fox are so rare that the likelihood of extinction has become very high. The Ethiopian jackal has only 500 individuals, and only 5500 hyenas dogs. All these animals need special protection and breeding. The position of highly socialized dogs is even more sad, since they become victims of the Ollie effect, when, with a very small number, they become doomed to extinction.