Dog personality?? Dogs have a personality?
Oh yes, of course. Even dogs that aren't considered a personality.
For simplicity, let's go here with the popular yet flawed view that "temperament are inherited traits while personality is the sum of inherited and acquired traits".
I may say it's flawed because our page here clarifies inherited traits vs acquired traits, and thankfully that is disjunct: precise, clear, and consistent - like all definitions should be!
Anyway, let's go with what's popular.
What is Dog Personality?
Like people, all dogs have their own personality. To improve understanding, let's provide you with a definition:
For example, whether or not you've had dogs, you must have noticed that:
- some dogs are affectionate
- others aloof
- some dogs are aggressive
- others anxious
- some dogs are dominant
- others compliant
- some dogs are relaxed
- others hyperactive
- some dogs are playful
- others protective
- and on and on.
Each and all of that can be characteristics of a particular dog's personality.
If you were able to identify all the characteristics that shape a particular dog's behavior, you would precisely know the dog personality of the individual dog, and you could reliably forecast the dog's behavior in the largest variety of environments and situations.
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