Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals

Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals

3rd Edition - June 9, 2022

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  • Editor: Temple Grandin
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323857529

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Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals, Third Edition offers the latest and most valuable information on animal science and behavioral genetics, carrying on the book’s legacy since its original publication in 1998. 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. Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals, Third Edition is the most valuable resource for researchers and practitioners in animal and veterinary science, animal behavior, genetics, ethology, and similar fields. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines will also benefit from the global expertise featured in this newest edition.

Key Features

  • Provides full and thorough updates to all chapters, ensuring dissemination of the latest data and research
  • Synthesizes research from behavioral genetics, animal science, and veterinary literature
  • Broaches fields of behavior genetics and behavioral research
  • Includes practical applications of principles discovered by behavioral genetics researchers
  • Covers many species ranging from pigs, dogs, foxes, rodents, cattle, horses, and cats


Researchers in animal behavior; ethology; genetics; veterinary science; evolutionary, behavioral and ecological biology and ecology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Behavioral Genetics and Animal Science
    2. Behavioral Genetics and Animal Domestication
    3. How Studying Interactions Between Animal Emotions, Cognition, and Personality Can Contribute to Improve Farm Animal Welfare
    4. Genetics and Behavior During Handling, Restraint, and Herding
    5. Reproductive and Maternal Behavior of Livestock
    6. Differences in the Behavior of Landraces and Breeds of Dogs
    7. Behavior Genetics of the Horse (Equus caballus)
    8. Improving the Adaptability of Animals by Selection
    9. Genetic Influences on the Behavior of Chickens Associated with Welfare and Productivity
    10. Genetics of Domesticated Behavior in Dogs and Foxes
    11. Behavioral Genetics of Pigs and Relation to Welfare
    12. Genetics and Animal Welfare

Product details

  • No. of pages: 496
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: June 9, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323857529

About the Editor

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.

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Professor, Colorado State University, USA

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