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12 dog breeds most likely to show signs of OCD

New owners’ dogs are the most likely to show recurrent signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to a new study from the University of Helsinki.

Although canine compulsive disorder isn’t extremely common, some of the breeds most likely to show signs of OCD include German Shepherds, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and adorable Cairn Terriers.

The study, published in Scientific reports, found that dogs’ OCD behaviors include tail chasing, slapping their reflection or shadow, surface licking, footsteps, staring, spending time near their water bowl water and self-bite. Their research found that 1,315 out of 4,436 dogs (30%) exhibited repetitive behaviors, with dogs from new owners being 58% more likely to exhibit these behaviors.

“Interestingly, we reported a novel association between repetitive behavior and owner-dog experience,” the researchers wrote in their study. “Additionally, we observed that a low amount of exercise and a larger family, potentially stress-increasing environmental factors in dogs’ lives, can increase the likelihood of repetitive behaviors.”

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On the other hand, breeds that were less likely to show signs of OCD include Smooth Collies, Miniature Schnauzers, and Lagotto Romagnolos. Although the main reason for the results remains unclear, the researchers hope that the study will improve the dogs’ well-being.

Take a look at the full list below…

12 dog breeds most likely to show signs of OCD

  1. German shepherd
  2. chinese crested dog
  3. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  4. Medium Spitz
  5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  6. Cairn terrier
  7. mixed race
  8. border collie
  9. Golden retriever
  10. Labrador Retrievers
  11. Chihuahua
  12. Finnish Lapland Dog
    smooth collie dog

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    11 dog breeds less likely to show signs of OCD

    1. smooth collie
    2. Miniature Schnauzer
    3. Lagotto Romagnolo
    4. jack russell terrier
    5. rough collie
    6. wheat burrow
    7. dwarf poodle
    8. Shetland Sheepdog
    9. Lapland Shepherd
    10. Cotton Tulear
    11. spanish water dog

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