Effects of breed, sex, and neuter status on trainability in dogs

  title={Effects of breed, sex, and neuter status on trainability in dogs},
  author={James A. Serpell and Yuying Hsu},
  pages={196 - 207}
Abstract In a previous study of canine temperament (Hsu and Serpell 2003), a distinct “trainability” factor was identified, characterized by a dog's willingness to attend to its owner and obey simple commands, combined with a high “fetch” motivation, and low levels of distractibility and/or resistance to correction. This paper explores the distribution of this trait in a large sample of dogs in relation to breed, sex and neuter status. The owners of 1,563 dogs belonging to 11 common breeds were… 


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    Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • 2003
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