Asked by Aurore Cartwright Animal BehaviorFarm Animals
Why aren’t we still domesticating new animals?
January 21, 2020 7:44PM
There just aren’t any more that are worth our time. It’s actually pretty difficult to find species that suit domestication—although there are a few exceptions, they generally need to mature quickly relative to us, be willing to breed in captivity, be able to eat the food we can provide, have a good temperament, recognize humans as their pack leaders, and not flee when they’re scared.
So, although we probably could domesticate some seemingly good candidates, like zebras or deer, they’re better off in the wild.
January 30, 2020 6:41PM
February 06, 2020 2:45AM
Sign In Domestication Animal Behavior Animals Are we domesticating any new animals? I think we are trying to domestic certain animals such as many exotic pets, but that can take many years to accomplish if at all. Basically by domesticating an animal you are creating animals who are dependent on humans to survive. We also do this by taking them out of their habitats, but that's another issue. We can tame several individuals, but how many species have lost their instincts for survival, enough so that they can no longer survive without our help, I have no true idea. Cats for example are not fully domesticated as a species, as many still have their survival instincts to hunt. There are several feral cat colonies throughout the U.S. They do much better if they have been neutered and given immunizations though. Dogs on the other hand can have quite a problem living without people. It often depends on the breed of dog as some are bred for hunting such as the small terriers. Mind you, just because their breed profile says they can hunt, not all are actually encouraged or trained to use their natural ability to do so and may just worry "prey" instead of actually killing and eating it. That's a big problem with dog packs and many have been known to chase cattle and sheep, killing them, but not ever actually eating them. There are several types of exotic pets, such as the pot belly pig, but they aren't domesticated so much as individuals becoming tamed. Animals that are non traditional pets such as wild animals can be dangerous, especially after they reach puberty. Over all I have yet to see any new domestic species. I think people are mistaking taming some individuals animals as the same as domestication, but they are not the same thing at all. 624 views · View 1 Upvoter Related Questions More Answers Below Are humans "domesticated" like the animals we live with? If so, who's doing the domesticating? What is the process of "domesticating" a species of animal? What animals can mankind domesticate but hasn't yet? Are there any other animals that can be domesticated like dogs can? Will we ever domesticate a new kind of animal or do we as a people pretty much have the kinds of pet animal options we will ever have at this ... John Milhaven, Lifelong interest in zoology, some formal study. Answered Jan 30, 2020 · Author has 2.1k answers and 1.1m answer views Originally Answered: Why aren’t we still domesticating new animals? We are, to some extent. But there are some important factors to consider: Since the Industrial Age humans have largely replaced animal power with machine power. Many of the tasks that might once have been done by animals are now done by machine, and going forward our tendency is to build machines to solve problems for us, rather than undertaking the long process of domesticating a new species. The low hanging fruit in terms of potential domestication candidates has already been picked. Not all animals can be domesticated, and presumably the easy ones have already been done. The wild world is g... Continue Reading sponsored by The Penny Hoarder I have less than $25,000 saved for retirement. What should I do? You’re far from alone, my friend. The fact is, 40% of Americans have less than $25,000 saved. Read More Carrie Gardner, Manages a reptile blog aimed at education and conservation Answered Jan 30, 2020 · Author has 1.2k answers and 282.7k answer views Originally Answered: Why aren’t we still domesticating new animals? People only first domesticated animals that were a benefit to humans as working animals, food, and toward the end, companionship. There are also animals that just aren't domesticable. They are easily startled, will run away, a less than friendly personality, or doesn't breed in confined spaces, has a relatively short gestation with offspring reaching breeding age quickly. An elephant would be unsuitable for domesticate and bankrupt the owner or breeder. Females become sexually mature at around 12 - 13 years old. Males usually don't mate until they are 30 years old. Gestation lasts 22 months a... Continue Reading Joe Asher's Answer: Originally Answered: Why aren’t we still domesticating new animals? We are to a certain degree. The Siberian fox experiment was designed to produce tame, domestic foxes. It was a folly on behalf of a Russian Oligarch who funded a fox fur farm to selectively breed the friendliest foxes. Outside of that I pretty much just agree with John Milhavens answer, replacement of animal power with machine power and low hanging fruit in term