5 Wild Relatives of the Dog

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Coyote
Coyotes live in social groups like wolves and are known for being clever, adaptive, and particularly strong swimmers, according to National Geographic.

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Photo by: Paul Fell via ShutterStock
Coyote
Coyotes live in social groups like wolves and are known for being clever, adaptive, and particularly strong swimmers, according to National Geographic.

While closely related to both domestic dogs and wolves, coyotes can be distinguished from the two through DNA analysis.

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Tue, Apr 9, 2013 2:10 PM EDT

By Jessica Remitz | Pet360.com

As much as we treat our dogs like humans - allowing all manner of acceptable behavior that was unheard of years ago - remembering the wild animals they're descendants of can help us appreciate them even more.