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Canines are a group of carnivorous mammals, usually sharing the common physical traits of triangular ears, a long, tapered snout, and a somewhat bushy tail. Although their habitats range from arctic wilderness to your own back yard, canines are primarily social animals, with most living in close-knit family groups (packs) throughout their whole lives. They are typically vocal animals, using any variety of whines, growls and barks to communicate, as well as physical posturing to express everything from excitement to submission.


 

Dogs' noses have been used for decades to do work that ours can't, from sniffing out drugs to helping track and locate bodies, alive or dead, at crime or disaster scenes. Recently it's been discovered that some dogs can even detect cancer in healthy tissue; doctors and breeders are investigating the use of these dogs to help detect cancer far before any existing technology.
 
 

 

 
Click on the individual canines on the left hand column to get more cool facts.