The color of a dog's fur may seem to be just a whim of nature and genetics that reveals little about the dog. But a new study claims that coat color for at least one breed, the English cocker spaniel, reflects a pooch's personality. Prior research has suggested that fur color is also linked to behavior in labrador retrievers, while the type of fur — in this case, wiry or long — may indicate temperament in miniature dachshunds. Wiry-haired mini dachshunds are often more feisty than their mellower, long-haired cousins.

The latest study determined that golden/red English cocker spaniels exhibit the most dominant and aggressive behavior. Black dogs in this breed were found to be the second most aggressive, while particolor (white with patches of color) were discovered to be more mild-mannered. In labrador retrievers, the color rank from most to least aggressive was determined to be yellow, black and chocolate.

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Do you think an animal`s fur color relates to their personality?
The color of a dog`s fur may seem to be just a whim of nature and genetics that reveals little about the dog. But a new study claims that coat color for at least one breed, the English cocker spaniel, reflects a pooch`s personality. Prior research has suggested that fur color is also linked to behavior in labrador retrievers, while the type of fur — in this case, wiry or long — may indicate temperament in miniature dachshunds. Wiry-haired mini dachshunds are often more feisty than their mellower, long-haired cousins.

The latest study determined that golden/red English cocker spaniels exhibit the most dominant and aggressive behavior. Black dogs in this breed were found to be the second most aggressive, while particolor (white with patches of color) were discovered to be more mild-mannered. In labrador retrievers, the color rank from most to least aggressive was determined to be yellow, black and chocolate.

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13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/22/06 - 3:22:12 PM EST (GMT-5)

So now we judge DOGS by their FUR COLOUR?

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/22/06 - 3:23:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
It makes sense, but I still think the color is through the genes alone.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/24/06 - 9:01:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
No...some don't even have fur.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/24/06 - 9:06:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
I heard that about the English roosterer spainels and I've been biten by a red roosterer spainel a few times so I beleive it.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/24/06 - 9:12:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
If it does, I think it would have more to do with the way people treat dogs of certain colors rather than any sort of genetic traits related to personality.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 1/11/07 - 11:35:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
Based on the study, it is possible. But I don't believe it's true for humans. All redheads do not have a bad temper etc
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 1/20/07 - 12:01:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's true for dogs because some colors are more popular than others which leads to a mess in the genes. That leads to messed up personalities.
That's what I think, anyway.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 1/24/07 - 7:46:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think it's possible that the genes relating to certain personality traits may be linked to the gene for fur color
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 1/24/07 - 7:53:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/24/2006 9:06:37 PM CanoeReeves wrote:
I heard that about the English roosterer spainels and I've been biten by a red roosterer spainel a few times so I beleive it.

C*cker not roosterer! I don't even know what a "roosterer" is...
13 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 3/23/07 - 1:17:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know but it could. I think that the way that humans have treated them since the first day also contributes to the dog's personality. If they're going to be nice or mean.
13 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 3/27/07 - 2:03:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
I've heard that solid coloured spaniels are more prone than multi-coloured ones to 'torrent of rage' syndrome where they have unexplained outbursts of agression but are otherwise even-tempered.

"In labrador retrievers, the color rank from most to least aggressive was determined to be yellow, black and chocolate."
A friend of mine has a chocolate laborador which is probably the most placid and friendly dog I know.

13 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 4/13/07 - 4:01:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think it's close to how humans wear their hair, it's dependant on our personalities. maybe the way the dog thinks has something to do with it's hair.
13 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 4/13/07 - 4:43:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/13/2007 4:01:11 PM woot45 wrote:
i think it's close to how humans wear their hair, it's dependant on our personalities. maybe the way the dog thinks has something to do with it's hair.

Are you saying dogs style and colour their fur with the power of their thoughts...

13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 6/24/07 - 4:04:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
no, thats stupid



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