A Dog’s Personality is Shaped by Environment More Often Than Genetics, Study Says

A new study, published last week in the journal "Science" is putting a popular misconception about canines to rest.

A new study, published last week in the journal “Science” is putting a popular misconception about canines to rest.  It states that a dog’s personality is not necessarily defined by what type of breed it is.  Researchers from the University of Massachusetts had 18,000 thousand owners complete personality surveys about their dogs.  They then took DNA samples from more than two-thousand different pups to analyze their genetic make-up. They say their behavior is shaped by a dog’s environment and their life experiences more often than by their genetics.