Question of the Day (07-Sep-20)
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That people have personalities goes without saying. There are the shy, the cruel, the kind, and the sceptical. And, it is hardly uncommon to hear a dog described as friendly or inquisitive. Scientific research has confirmed that dogs do indeed have personality traits similar to those found in people. In dogs, for instance, these are usually referred to as energy-level, affection-aggression, anxiety-calmness and intelligence-stupidity; in people they are extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, openness to experience and conscientiousness. Yet in spite of all this, rather little has been done to find out if such characteristics exist in wild animals. Studies in Animal Behaviour show not only that some do but also that the presence of such traits is skewing the way data is collected by researchers.