Is Our Dogs' Behavior Genetic?

Is Our Dogs' Behavior Genetic?

We can prioritize giving dogs as solid a genetic background as possible. Temperament should be the highest priority in breeding, closely followed by physical health. Animals with questionable temperaments should not be allowed to pass on behavioral problems, either through their genes, through stress hormones in the uterus, or through modeling fearful behavior to their puppies in early life. Temperament is more important than preserving stellar conformation or spectacular performance; in fact, in breeds with small gene pools, bringing in genetic diversity from outside the breed is preferable to breeding dogs with questionable temperaments.

Continue Reading

Featured Articles

  • Inside SuperZoo 2016

    Dog Health & Care

    Inside SuperZoo 2016

    For three days, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (well, 3 p.m. on the third day; the show closed early on the last day), I walked up and down the aisles, stopping briefly at booths that had products that I thought WDJ readers might be interested in: food, of course, but also gear for the...

    Continue Reading

  • Retained Testicles Can Be Dangerous for Dogs

    Dog Health & Care

    Retained Testicles Can Be Dangerous for Dogs

    Cryptorchidism (undescended testicles) can cause serious health and behavior problems if not detected and treated.

    How does it happen that testicular descent fails to occur in some cases? As the canine fetus develops, the testicles are formed in the abdomen, near the kidneys. Usually, as the puppy grows – initially, in utero, and then, after his birth – his testicles are gradually...

    Continue Reading

  • Is Our Dogs' Behavior Genetic?

    Dog Training & Behavior

    Is Our Dogs' Behavior Genetic?

    We can prioritize giving dogs as solid a genetic background as possible. Temperament should be the highest priority in breeding, closely followed by physical health. Animals with questionable temperaments should not be allowed to pass on behavioral problems, either through their...

    Continue Reading

  • Community

    Latest Blog Post

    How Tula the Dog Made Her Way to Her Forever Home

    One of the things I love about my favorite rescue group, the American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue, is that the group is large enough and organized enough...

    More >