Dog lover and Rover.com journalist Jen Reeder asks, “When you imagine different dog breeds—say, ‘Labrador Retriever,’ ‘Poodle,’ and ‘Rottweiler’—do you think of a dog’s appearance, behavior, or both? How would you feel if one was approaching you on a sidewalk or hiking trail? Do you have preconceived notions before you get to know that specific dog?”
You might have a preconceived expectation of how particular breeds or types of dog will behave but are your assumptions correct? An interesting study conducted explores just this – whether a dog’s genetics can help to predict and determine physical or behavioural traits (or not!).
Click the link below to read how, according to the study, your dog may or may not be influenced by their genetics, along with my own observational thoughts that stem from my experience of working with thousands of dogs of varying breeds and temperament. Spoiler alert, I may not wholly agree with the study and neither might other canine experts! Do you?