Are seals really like dogs? Surprising Answer

Taxonomy Concerns Between Dogs and Seals

When it comes to taxonomy (the science of naming and describing organisms), the more taxonomic levels that two animals share, the more closely related they’re considered to be.

These are the seven main levels of classifications:From the widest range to the narrowest:

  • Kingdom
  • Phylum
  • Class
  • Order
  • Family
  • Genus
  • Species
  • When it comes to dogs and seals, they only share the top four classifications. And while this may seem like a lot to claim close relativity, it isn’t. For example, humans can claim the same degrees of separation as big-eyed tarsiers. Sure, we may share the same order as a tarsier, but that doesn’t make us closely related.

    However, if we were to belong in the same family, then we could make consideration for a close relation. As part of the family Hominidae, we could argue that Chimpanzees or Gorillas are close relatives.

    In the case of dogs and seals, both belong to the order Carnivora (flesh-eating mammals) and suborder Caniformia (dog-like carnivores). But after that, things start to drift apart. Dogs are considered part of the Canidae family which are true dogs. Seals, on the other hand, diverge into Pinnipedia, then Phocidae—or earless seals.

    Are seals really like dogs?

    This genetic link perfectly explains why these adorable animals are often known as puppy doppelgangers. Dont believe us? Then take a look at these cute photos below compiled by Bored Panda. Only one mystery remains: if our beloved cute dogs have so much in common with seals, why do so many of them still hate baths?

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    Although dogs and cats live on land and both are easily domesticated, dogs actually have more in common with marine animals than they do with their furry foes. Canines share a lot of similar characteristics with seals, for example, mainly because both the fluffy dogs and baby seals are considered Caniformes (which literally means “dog-like”) and come from the same suborder of Carnivorans (unlike cats, which are Feliformes).

    The four friends were hounded by seals and sea lions, who were caught on camera playing with the group and acting more like dogs than fearsome marine predators.

    As well as biting their heads and hands, the seals and sea lions can also be seen trying to take a bite or two out of the divers’ flippers on their feet.

    William, who also an ocean photographer, recorded hilarious footage from some of his many dives with the playful sea lions and seals.

    ‘They are so intelligent and social and you can see them making decisions and figuring things out.

    ‘The seals were biting his fins, sneaking up behind him and nuzzling him, and then one even became fascinated by his camera and underwater light.

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