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Dog Male Owner

Friendliness in Dogs May be Linked to Two Genes

8/18/2017

Scientists have identified changes in two genes that may account for the increased sociability of dogs compared to their wolf ancestors. Mutations in the same genes in people contribute to the condition known as Williams-Beuren syndrome.

Read more about the links between canine sociability and genetics in the New York Times. The research publication can be viewed at Science Advances.

More on the normal social behavior of dogs can be found in the Merck Veterinary Manual.
Dog Male Owner

Friendliness in Dogs May be Linked to Two Genes

8/18/2017

Scientists have identified changes in two genes that may account for the increased sociability of dogs compared to their wolf ancestors. Mutations in the same genes in people contribute to the condition known as Williams-Beuren syndrome.

Read more about the links between canine sociability and genetics in the New York Times. The research publication can be viewed at Science Advances.

More on the normal social behavior of dogs can be found in the Merck Veterinary Manual.