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Genetic dispositions may influence behavior

Is your dog comfortable around Santa? The answer may lie in his genetic disposition.
Is your dog comfortable around Santa? The answer may lie in his genetic disposition.

A recent study shows that the difference in behaviors among dog breeds can partly be attributed to genetic distinctions.

The link between behaviors and genetic disposition has long been suspected, but this hypothesis was finally supported by research relying on behavioral data collected by James Serpell of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

He and colleagues from around the country found 131 sites of variation in the genome dealing with a breed’s behavioral patterns. Some of the differential genetic behaviors include guarding, hunting and companionship.

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