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Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122951305, 9780080886756

Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals

1st Edition

Editors: Temple Grandin Mark Deesing
eBook ISBN: 9780080886756
Paperback ISBN: 9781493300532
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 13th November 1997
Page Count: 356
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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 often 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.

Key Features

  • Synthesizes research from behavioural genetics, animal science, and veterinary literature
  • Broaches fields of behaviour genetics and behavioural research
  • Includes practical applications of principles discovered by behavioural genetics researchers
  • Contains a minimum of scientific jargon

Table of Contents

Contributors. Preface. Behavioral Genetics and Animal Science, T. Grandin and M.J. Deesing. Behavioral Genetics and the Process of Animal Domestication, E. O. Price. Fear and Fearfulness in Determining Behavior, A. Boissy. Genetics and Behavior during Handling, Restraint, and Herding, T. Grandin and M.J. Deesing. Maternal and Reproductive Behavior of Livestock, P.J. Chenoweth and A.J. Landaeta-Hernandez. Differences in the Behavior of Dog Breeds, R. Coppinger and L. Coppinger. Genetic Effects on Horse Behavior, J.C. Heird and M.J. Deesing. Improving the Adaptability of Animals by Selection, J.M. Faure and A.D. Mills. Genetics and the Behavior of Chickens: Welfare and Productivity, J.Craig and W. Muir. The Influence of Genes on Social Behavior of Dogs, M.E. Hahn and J.C. Wright. Genetics and Animal Welfare, T. Grandin and M.J. Deesing. Index.


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About the Editors

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of six books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. Dr. Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism, and her work has been covered in the New York Times, People, National Public Radio, and 20/20. Most recently she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the year. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.

Affiliations and Expertise

PhD in animal science, University of Illinois Professor, Colorado State University

Mark Deesing

Mark Deesing began his career in the livestock industry as a farrier and horse trainer. In 1993 he met Temple Grandin and began to work with her first in research and writing projects. They co-authored multiple books together, along with several referred journal articles on cattle behavior. Mark and Temple pioneered work on using facial hair patterns to predict temperament and fertility in cattle. Currently Mark is a custom design consultant for Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc., and has designed hundreds of handling facilities for all types of livestock, as well as wildlife and zoo species.

Affiliations and Expertise

Livestock Behavior & Facilities Design Consultant Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc. Fort Collins, CO USA


@qu:"In light of the ongoing debate on 'nature versus nurture' as determinants of behavior, it is somewhat surprising that this is the first book devoted to the role genetics plays in domestic animal behavior. ...this topic has not previously been given the in-depth treatment it receives here. Editor Grandin's stated objective is 'to illustrate that principles discovered by behavioral genetics researchers have practical applications in agricultural and companion animals.' Of particular interest is the final chapter, 'Genetics and Animal Welfare,' which examines the often damaging effects of our efforts to select for certain traits and suggests criteria for determining the ethical limit for genetic selection. A fine work, highly readable and well documented. Extensive bibiographies. Recommended for all academic libraries." @source:--CHOICE

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