Cuba and Tycho
Join Date: Jul 2013
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It's an interesting article; I thought the most important bit about it was at the very end, under 'Important Caveat!', where they remind us that the study was based on the observations of owners, rather than on any scientific research done by disinterested parties. My immediate feeling is that actual owners have few comparisons, biased opinions, subjective responses to questions and are far more likely to make inaccurate assessments of the subtleties of behaviour. It is such a massive subject. It's certainly interesting if, even on a subjective response, small dog owners report consistently different findings from large dog owners; separating out, then, what might be the difference between the owners' attitudes to small dogs v large dogs, the expectations of small dog owners v large dog owners, and all sorts of other differences in the lifestyles of the dogs might prompt further questions designed to discover the nature/nurture balance. They touch on all of that but don't give us any specific statistics. I'm interested in whether or not breeding for neoteny in looks also produces neotenous behaviour patterns, such as would, for instance, make housetraining more difficult. I think there is a certain amount of evidence to suggest that this is true.