The first dog on Earth was bred from wolves and is thought to have lived 31,700 years ago. This dog is known as a "Paleolithic dog" and was similar in looks to that of a Siberian Husky but had a larger stature.
As of 2008, it appears that the Aurignacian people, who lived in the European region, were the first to domesticate dogs. However, this is not conclusive, as new data emerges on a regular basis. Researchers have found that many civilizations bred their own domestic dogs, all from gray wolves, around the same time period. Some of the earliest dog breeds include the Chinese Shar-Pei, the Akita, the Basenji, the Saluki, the Afghan, the Eurasier and the Finnish Spitz.