The largest study to date on the relationship between canine genetics and behavior recently launched.
The study, a joint effort between Dognition and Embark, will ultimately help owners better understand their dogs’ genetic risk factors for some heritable diseases and behavioral tendencies. Over 5,000 dogs will participate in the study, in which their genetic profile will be compared against their disease history and cognitive profile. The project’s lead investigators, Drs. Adam Bokyo and Brian Hare, expect the study to result in some exciting discoveries.
“This is a great opportunity to give owners insights into their dog while driving scientific discoveries. This study is bigger than anything we’ve seen before and will focus on understanding the genes in dogs that influence cognition. Because dogs are all so different behaviorally, they’re ideal for uncovering the genes behind behavior, and the genes we find in dogs will be important in studying people.”
— Dr. Adam Boyko, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
Those interested in participating in the study will receive a discount on testing kits along with regular updates on the study’s progress.