The HABRI Foundation is calling for research proposals to investigate the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or animal-assisted activity or therapy, both for the people and the animals involved. To learn more, visit close

You are here: Home / Journal Articles / Management and personality in Labrador Retriever dogs / About

Management and personality in Labrador Retriever dogs

By Sarah E. Lofgren, Pamela Wiener, Sarah C. Blott, Enrique Sanchez-Molano, John A. Woolliams, Dylan N. Clements, Marie J. Haskell

View Resource (HTM)

Licensed under

Category Journal Articles

Canine personality is of keen interest to dog owners and researchers alike. The regular human contact with them makes dogs an ideal species to use in the investigation of animal personality. This study specifically focused on Labrador Retrievers, consistently one of the most popular breeds both in the UK and around the world. Using surveys completed by dog owners, data was gathered on the behaviour of the dogs, in addition to the physical characteristics and management characteristics of the dogs (n=1978). Twelve personality traits were identified and investigated for associations with the demographic data. It was found that the working status of the dog was more commonly associated with differences in personality than other analyzed factors. Gundogs had higher scores for ‘fetching tendency’ and ‘trainability’ than Showdogs or Pets (P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 156
Pages 44-53
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.04.006
Cite this work

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Canine
  2. C-BARQ
  3. Demography
  4. Dogs
  5. Management
  6. Personality