Human-animal interaction - Roth Group


The dog is our oldest domesticated animal and the variability between, and within, breeds is large with respect to behaviour. This projects uses these breed differences to map the genetic basis for behaviour.

One method is to study the correlation of genetic and behavioural differences between breeds, and another to use populations of dogs of the same breed, kept and raised under standardized conditions. In particular, we are interested in behaviour related to the outstanding capacity of dogs to communicate and cooperate with humans, a trait developed during domestication and profoundly different from their ancestor, the wolf.