If you've ever looked a pug straight in its scrunched-up little bastard face and said, "How the hell could you have possibly come into existence?" then we might have some answers for you.
Scientists are now saying that Central Asia — specifically Mongolia and Nepal — may hold answers as to the when and where dogs came into existence. While the data doesn't pinpoint an exact date, scientists place the origins of the species of around 15,000 years ago.
The recent study conducted by scientists at Cornell University studied the DNA of both purebred and street dogs to further unravel the mystery and complexities of this beloved species' origins. According to The New York Times, the study is the first of its kind and apparently sampled "4,500 dogs of 161 breeds and 549 village dogs from 38 countries" studied.