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Purebred vs. Mixed-Breed Dogs: what is the difference in their behaviour?

Purebred vs. Mixed-Breed Dogs: what is the difference in their behaviour?

A new Hungarian study found that according to their owners, mixed-breeds were less calm but more trainable than purebreds. Mixed-breeds were also reported to be more likely to have behaviour problems, however, the two groups had similar boldness scores in the survey. These differences at least partly might be due to early socialization and / […]

Our newest FDP paper is out: Is your dog empathic?

Our newest FDP paper is out: Is your dog empathic?

Szánthó et al. developed a Dog Emotional Reactivity Survey where they asked owners about their experiences with their dogs in emotionally loaded situations. The new study found that more empathic owners also find their dogs more “empathic”. They rated a puppy picture as more cute and indicated that their dogs are more reactive to their […]

Link to the live online stream of the Family Dog Project Seminar

Link to the live online stream of the Family Dog Project Seminar

LINK TO THE ONLINE STREAM: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyDogProject/videos/702309206590770/ Live broadcast: 12 talks from Family Dog Project authors of the most recent canine studies. 19 November 2016 17:00-20:30 CET (UTC: 4:00 PM; NYT: 11:00 AM; 8:00 AM PDT) Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány. 1/c, Bolyai lecture hall. Attendance is free of charge. Recent post: Now that the […]

2nd Worldwide Free Seminar of the Family Dog Project

2nd Worldwide Free Seminar of the Family Dog Project

The countdown to the second Worldwide Free Seminar of the Family Dog Project has begun! Here is a taste of this year’s program: Link to final program: here. Link to livestream event: coming soon, probably on facebook. Facebook event details Since the foundation of the Family Dog Project by Vilmos Csányi, Ádám Miklósi, József Topál and Antal […]

Our latest paper in the media

Our latest paper in the media

The article published recently by ELTE Department of Ethology, and MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group in Science is causing a worldwide media buzz. The study, which was first in the world to address how dogs’ brains process human speech, has been picked up by several representatives of the international press and scientific popular science portals, […]

FDP paper in PLoS ONE

FDP paper in PLoS ONE

Gergely et al. investigated dogs behaviour tovard “unidentified moving objects” (UMO’s) with an A not B error paradigm. They hypothesized that  if a UMO interacted socially with a dog, the UMO would become associated with certain social cues and would subsequently affect dog behaviour. They found that dogs in the Human and Social UMO conditions were more likely […]

Postdoc and PhD Positions in Canine Ageing-Behaviour, Genetics, and Neuroscience

Postdoc and PhD Positions in Canine Ageing-Behaviour, Genetics, and Neuroscience

Family Dog Project, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Positions: 3 Postdocs and 3 PhD students We seek outstanding applicants who are interested in exploring the cognitive ageing of family dogs. We are developing a test battery using an interdisciplinary approach with the most advanced behavioural, genetic and neuroscience testing methods (e.g. eye-tracking, motion […]