By Chad Love
A few days ago a friend of mine sent me a link to an older story he had stumbled across while browsing the Internet. The story, on the news site Slate, posed the question of "what is the most disloyal dog breed?" Not loyal, but disloyal, which is an admittedly interesting twist on the never-ending argument about the most loyal dog breed.
From this story on Slate:
The conventional wisdom among dog fanciers holds that each of the 161 breeds now recognized by the American Kennel Club has a distinctive temperament reflecting its history and original purpose...But recent work suggests that the personalities of modern dogs may have little to do with their breed's history.
A researcher at Stockholm University named Kenth Svartberg analyzed the behavioral profiles of more than 15,000 animals and derived several essential canine traits: A dog is more or less playful, curious/fearless, and sociable. Then he studied a few dozen breed types and rated them according to those traits as well as on their level of aggression.