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Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals

Behavior is shaped by both genetics and experience--nature and nurture. This book synthesizes research from behavioral genetics and animal and veterinary science, bridging the gap between these fields. The objective is to show that principles of behavioral genetics have practical applications to agricultural and companion animals.

The continuing domestication of animals is a complex process whose myriad impacts on animal behavior are commonly under-appreciated. Genetic factors play a significant role in both species-specific behaviors and behavioral differences exhibited by individuals in the same species. Leading authorities explore the impact of increased intensities of selection on domestic animal behavior. Rodents, cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, herding and guard dogs, and poultry are all included in these discussions of genetics and behavior, making this book useful to veterinarians, livestock producers, laboratory animal researchers and technicians, animal trainers and breeders, and any researcher interested in animal behavior.


Researchers in animal behavior; ethology; genetics; veterinary science; evolutionary, behavioral and ecological biology and ecology; as well as advanced undergraduate / graduate students in these areas

Hardbound, 496 Pages

Published: May 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-394586-0


  • "This book investigates the influence of domestication, genetics, and environment in the development of an animal’s behavior…This book will be of interest and value to students studying animal or veterinary sciences, especially those unfamiliar with the differences in animal behaviors among various species."--Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, September 15, 2013


  • Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals, 2eTemple Grandin, editor

    Chapter 1. Behavioral Genetics and Animal Science
      Temple Grandin & Mark Deesing 
    Chapter 2. Behavioral Genetics and the Process of Animal Domestication
      Per Jensen 
    Chapter 3. Fear and Fearfulness in Determining Behavior
      Alain Boissy 

    Chapter 4. Genetics and Behavior during Handling, Restraint and Herding

    Temple Grandin & Mark Deesing 

    Chapter 5. Maternal and Reproductive Behavior of Livestock

      Peter Chenoweth 

    Chapter 6. Differences in the Behavior of Dog Breeds

      Kathryn Lord, Raymond Coppinger, and Lorna Coppinger 

    Chapter 7. Genetic Effects on Horse Behavior

    Temple Grandin & Mark Deesing 

    Chapter 8. Improving the Adaptability of Animals by Selection

      J.M. Faure & A.D. Mills  

    Chapter 9. Genetics and the Behavior of Chickens: Welfare and Productivity

      William Muir & Heng wei Cheng 

    Chapter 10. Continuation of the Russian Fox Experiments

      Anna V. Kukekova, Lyudmila N. Trut, Gregory M. Acland, & K. Gordon Lark 

    Chapter 11. Behavior Genetics Important for Pig Welfare

      Lotta Rydhmer & Laurianne Canerio 

    Chapter 12: Genetics and Animal Welfare

      Temple Grandin & Mark Deesing   


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