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Dog breeds don’t strongly determine a dog’s personality – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – We might think we know which dog breeds have the best and grumpiest personalities, but it turns out those stereotypes aren’t backed up by science.

Each dog is unique.

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Larry Rosenberg says his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is ideal for apartment living in New York City.

“He’s only five months old and he’s a puppy. He needs a tremendous amount of exercise. But they eventually become lapdogs, which is what they’re kind of bred to do,” he said.

And Roxana Enriquez says her rat terrier is the loving pup she’s been waiting for.

“He’s very cool and very loving,” she said.

But a genetic study at the University of Massachusetts reveals that breed only explains 9% of a dog’s behavior.

The rest could be shaped by environment and life experience.

This means that not all retrievers retrieve and not all huskies howl.

“You know, sometimes I think we tend to pay attention to dogs, remember which ones fit our stereotypes and forget which ones don’t fit our stereotypes,” said Elinor Karlsson, the study co- author at the University of Massachusetts.

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A dog’s breed may not predict its behavior, but it can tell us how long your pup is likely to live.

A study by the Royal Veterinary College revealed a wide range of life expectancies.

Jack Russell terriers live the longest, averaging 12.7 years.

French bulldogs are at the bottom of the list, with a life expectancy of just 4.5 years.

But at the dog park, age is just a number.

It’s all about attitude.

“I would describe her personality as friendly, but she’s also kind of a queen bee, so she’s not easily pushed around,” dog owner Elizabeth Kelly said.

With dogs, just like their human friends, everyone is truly unique.

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Researchers interviewed owners of more than 18,000 dogs for the personality study.