Use of questionnaire-based data to assess dog personality

Pamela Wiener, Marie J. Haskell

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Abstract / Description of output

The study of dog personality is of general academic interest and also has applications for the management of both working dogs and pets. However, acquiring direct behavioral assessments of large numbers of animals is both time-consuming and logistically difficult. An alternative approach that is becoming increasingly common is the collection of questionnaire-based information directly from dog owners. In this review, we discuss some commonly used questionnaires for dog personality traits and findings that have been published using these tools. We suggest that the use of such questionnaires may contribute to research that is based on estimation of effects from large sample sizes, for example, genomic analyses of dog personality traits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-85
JournalJournal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research
Early online date26 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • questionnaire
  • personality
  • canine
  • dog
  • heritability
  • genetic


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