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    Exclamation The Dog Thread

    Do dogs have distinct personalities based on breed? YES. And you can help prove it.


    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019...-re-rooted-dna

    Dog breeds really do have distinct personalities—and they’re rooted in DNA
    By Elizabeth Pennisi, Jan. 7, 2019 , 1:00 PM

    American Kennel Club descriptions of dog breeds can read like online dating profiles: The border collie is a workaholic; the German shepherd will put its life on the line for loved ones. Now, in the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, scientists have shown that such distinct breed traits are actually rooted in a dog’s genes. The findings may shed light on human behaviors as well.

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    The cats got a couple of month head start. It will be interesting, over time, to see the relative activity. Another test of cats vs. dogs (or cat people vs. dog people).
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    As no-one has jumped in I will have to post a "let sleeping dogs lie" photo. This was towards the end of our beagles life last year and he was allowed to get away with a lot of things he had been stopped from doing previously - like this. He never really wanted to be on our bed until his heart started failing and then he seemed to want to be closer to us.

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    I'm sure the smell of his humans was very comforting. Jackson Galaxy makes a similar point about cats who like to sleep on beds and on their owner's used clothing: the scent of friendly people is very pleasant to them.
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    One of our former cats enjoyed chewing on the armpits of my dirty shirts....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    One of our former cats enjoyed chewing on the armpits of my dirty shirts....
    We had a cat that did that too.
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    One of our cats likes to snooze with his nose stuck in my left armpit. It's gross but, hey, he's happy.
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    Okay, is this "The Dog Thread" or "The Cat Thread Part Deux?"

    We've had a dog almost continuously since we got our first house. Alexander (Brittany), Kayla (Cocker), Murphy (Wheaton), Bailee (Brittany), Sam (Golden/Collie), and now Brody (Black Lab). Kayla we bought from a co-worker, Sam our son found on the street, the rest were shelter rescues. We've also fostered two dogs, Skye (Terrier) and Liam (never figured it out). All good dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    ... and Liam (never figured it out).
    I suspect the breed I usually refer to as "dawg".
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    We've had three dogs -- Mikey, a rather grumpy Bichon Frise, who died of congestive heart failure, Nina, a very lovable cocker spaniel* who died of cancer of the spleen, and Barney, a rather barky miniature schnauzer** who is convinced he's the canine mayor of the neighborhood. The three had very different personalities. The last two were rescues -- Barney was dumped and wandered for a couple of weeks, and was down to about 10 pounds when he was picked up and brought to the shelter.



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