“What kind of dog is that?” Asking the wrong question and answering it badly

Posted on August 7, 2019March 18, 2021Categories News, Research & PublicationsTags ,   Leave a comment on “What kind of dog is that?” Asking the wrong question and answering it badly

Our review has revealed no findings of breed based behavioral differences that successfully overcome all the difficulties presented by this question.

Our review has revealed no findings of breed based behavioral differences that successfully overcome all the difficulties presented by this question.

What type of dog is that? Can you tell just by looking?

Posted on August 14, 2017March 18, 2021Categories News, Research & PublicationsTags ,   Leave a comment on What type of dog is that? Can you tell just by looking?

Take a look at the growing body of evidence on visual breed identification, and commit to shifting the paradigm of how we identify and discuss dogs in our daily lives.  

Take a look at the growing body of evidence on visual breed identification, and commit to shifting the paradigm of how we identify and discuss dogs in our daily lives.  

Cloning Shows That All Dogs Are Individuals

Posted on October 30, 2013March 18, 2021Categories News   Leave a comment on Cloning Shows That All Dogs Are Individuals

Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper is reporting that a Korean company will be offering one lucky British dog owner a chance to have his or her dog cloned for free.[1]  While the price is right – the Sooam Biotech’s customary fee for cloning a dog is just north of $100,000 – geneticists are cautioning that the resulting animal will not be identical to the original. Too many different factors operate on an individual, scientists caution, for two individuals to be carbon … Continue reading “Cloning Shows That All Dogs Are Individuals”

Of Mice and Dogs: Their Personalities May Be Up To Us

Posted on June 17, 2013March 18, 2021Categories News, Research & Publications   Leave a comment on Of Mice and Dogs: Their Personalities May Be Up To Us

Most of us easily acknowledge the likelihood that specific behaviors can be influenced by learning, in ourselves and in other species, including the one closest to us, our companion dogs.  We can learn to tie our shoes, and our dogs can learn to walk next to us. We can even learn rules of etiquette and our dogs can learn to greet people without jumping up. But we also identify ourselves as having overarching traits, as having a fixed personality that … Continue reading “Of Mice and Dogs: Their Personalities May Be Up To Us”

Animal professionals shown to disagree with each other when assigning breed(s) to dogs of unknown parentage.

Posted on May 7, 2013March 18, 2021Categories News, Research & Publications   Leave a comment on Animal professionals shown to disagree with each other when assigning breed(s) to dogs of unknown parentage.

Summary A survey of more than 900 people in dog-related professions and services showed that they frequently disagreed with each other when making visual breed identifications of the same dog, and that their opinions may or may not have correlated with DNA breed analysis.  More than 70% of the study participants reported that now, or at one time, their breed descriptors were used in record keeping.  The results of this survey call into question the validity of a variety of … Continue reading “Animal professionals shown to disagree with each other when assigning breed(s) to dogs of unknown parentage.”