Many people tend to choose the type of dog to adopt into their family by looking at breeds that are said to carry specific behavioral traits. However, new research has been done on whether or not breed determines a dog’s personality. As it turns out, in the right environment and the proper combination of factors, any dog can be a good companion!
How Was the Research Conducted
A new genome study was published. It concluded that breed alone isn’t enough to determine a dog’s personality. Part of the research was a survey conducted with the owners of 18,385 dogs. The questions revolved around their dogs’ behaviors, such as how friendly they are with strangers, how focused they are on tasks, and more. In addition to that, the DNA of 2,155 mixed and pedigree dogs was sequenced to be compared with the survey results.
Does Dog Breed Make Any Difference
The study showed that only up to 9 percent of a dog’s behavior can be explained by its breed. As it turns out, it’s unlikely that a single pedigree carries a particular behavioral trait, even though there are many stereotypes to the contrary. Dog-behavior expert at the University of Colorado, Marc Bekoff, told the Atlantic that most dog trainers would agree that breeds don’t have personalities but individual dogs do. The research did suggest that some breeds are more likely to exhibit certain traits, such as a husky’s tendency to howl more or a golden retriever’s propensity to retrieve.
How a Dog’s Personality Is Shaped
There are many factors that together help to shape a dog’s personality over time. This includes the environment they’re being raised in. Judging by the results of this new research, a calm and loving home environment combined with proper training can help shape a well-behaved, loving, and friendly puppy, regardless of its breed. Genetics do factor in as a nudge in a certain direction, but each dog can develop a unique personality.