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Think You Know Your Dog? Science Disagrees

A comprehensive study dismantles the myth that a dog's breed dictates their behavior. In truth, with only 9% of behavioral differences attributed to breed, find out what really makes your dog tick and how this knowledge can foster a deeper bond between you and your pet.

does dogs breed affect their behavior


  • A recent study reveals the surprising result that a dog’s breed is actually a poor predictor of behavior
  • While behavioral tendencies are obvious in breed groups (e.g., prey drive in hounds, and retrieving in retrievers), it is far from a guarantee that individual dogs within a breed group will display those behaviors
  • Each dog’s behavior is a combination of nature and nurture; behavioral influences include early and ongoing (lifelong) socialization, the level of daily exercise, training, diet, and other factors

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