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We interact with dogs every day, and they are often referred to as "man's best friend." But what makes a dog the happy-go-lucky, cuddly fur ball of happiness that so many love? Similar to humans, there is a nature vs. nurture debate on what shapes a dog's personality. While it is likely a mixture of both, I've researched a variety of biological components that help to make a dog a dog. Some of these include face shape, how their brain responds to audio stimuli, and a specific gene, also found in children with Williams syndrome, that is thought to make them friendly. Looking at these biological components can help us to better understand dogs and our relationship with them.
Utah State University
Chemistry | Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Batson, Kinsley, "The Impact of Biological Components on a Dog's Personality" (2020). Fall Student Research Symposium 2020. 3.