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Animals: is dog behavior really linked to their breed?

We do not change the character of a dog, it is written in his genes. (©Capricorn/AdobeStock)

We do not change a dog’s character, it is written in his genes. But this profound nature would count for very little in his conduct.

This was revealed by American researchers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants working together within the scientific project Darwin’s Ark. They explain that dog training can change its behavior, regardless of race, and believe that iteducation influence his behavior.

True and false at the same time

How then is one to explain that certain dogs, one thinks of sheepdogs in particular, have natural abilities to guard the flock? It is therefore no coincidence that the confirmation of a Lof dog is obtained from aptitude tests.

In this situation, it is true that the border collie does better than the poodle. The explanation may lie in the fact that breeders would not spontaneously think of a poodle to protect their sheep.

Dogs: is their behavior linked to their breed?
Sheepdogs have natural abilities to guard the flock. But training and education also influence their behavior. (©JK/AdobeStock)

Properties are however specific to certain breeds. Let’s take the example of the husky or the malamute, they like to run and run away. And their owners won’t tell you otherwise! You will never turn them into lap dogs.

The first question you should ask yourself before choosing your pet would rather be: Which dog suits me? The collie, for example, is an excellent guardian, it is also a very loyal dog, attached to its masters.

If you hesitate, the breeders are able to advise you.

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Signs common to all dogs

If your four-legged friend is watching you too big eyes and erect earstell yourself that he is very interested in what you do (or what you eat…).

Head and ears down is a sign of submission, he fears e.g. to get yelled at. If your dog squint and accompanying this movement with a lowered ear, is that he is expectant, “what will become of me? I remain on my guard.”

Dogs: is their behavior linked to their breed?
The raised ear is a sign that your dog is very interested in what you are doing, regardless of breed. (©Mary Swift/AdobeStock)

The barking also reflects their current emotional state. You just have to observe your dog and listen carefully to understand it.

In these situations, it is not a question of distinctive signs according to the races, but simply of attention.

Dorisse Pradal

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