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Overview

Behavior is shaped by both genetics and experience—nature and nurture. This book synthesizes research from behavioral genetics and animal and veterinary science, bridging the gap between these fields. The objective is to show that principles of behavioral genetics have practical applications to agricultural and companion animals.

The continuing domestication of animals is a complex process whose myriad impacts on animal behavior are commonly under-appreciated. Genetic factors play a significant role in both species-specific behaviors and behavioral differences exhibited by individuals in the same species. Leading authorities explore the impact of increased intensities of selection on domestic animal behavior. Rodents, cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, herding and guard dogs, and poultry are all included in these discussions of genetics and behavior, making this book useful to veterinarians, livestock producers, laboratory animal researchers and technicians, animal trainers and breeders, and any researcher interested in animal behavior.

  • Includes four new chapters on dog and fox behavior, pig behavior, the effects of domestication and horse behavior
  • Synthesizes research from behavioral genetics, animal science, and veterinary literature
  • Broaches fields of behavior genetics and behavioral research
  • Includes practical applications of principles discovered by behavioral genetics researchers
  • Covers many species ranging from pigs, dogs, foxes, rodents, cattle, horses, and cats

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Randall S. Ott, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book covers topics that relate to the genetic aspects of behavior of domestic animals and includes discussions of welfare implications.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to bridge the gap between the field of behavior genetics and the research on behavior published in the animal science and veterinary literature. The primary objective of the book is to show that principles of behavioral genetics have practical applications to agricultural and companion animals.
Audience: It will be of interest to biologists, researchers, veterinarians, livestock producers, zoo curators, behavioral ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and people who own or train domestic animals. The editor is well trained in her field of expertise and has years of practical experience working on problems related to animal handling and welfare.
Features: Illustrations are scarce; however, the chapters are well referenced in this attractive book. This book represents a major source of references and discussion on the topic of the genetic aspects of behavior in domestic animals. The discussions concerning welfare aspects of animal breeding are a good overview of the subject.
Assessment: The book will be appreciated by those who wish to gain a greater understanding of the genetic aspects of behavior and some of the ethical concerns inherent to genetic manipulation of domestic animals. The rich source of references that accompany each chapter will provide an excellent starting point for those who wish to explore subjects in greater detail.
Randall S. Ott
This book covers topics that relate to the genetic aspects of behavior of domestic animals and includes discussions of welfare implications. The purpose of the book is to bridge the gap between the field of behavior genetics and the research on behavior published in the animal science and veterinary literature. The primary objective of the book is to show that principles of behavioral genetics have practical applications to agricultural and companion animals. It will be of interest to biologists, researchers, veterinarians, livestock producers, zoo curators, behavioral ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and people who own or train domestic animals. The editor is well trained in her field of expertise and has years of practical experience working on problems related to animal handling and welfare. Illustrations are scarce; however, the chapters are well referenced in this attractive book. This book represents a major source of references and discussion on the topic of the genetic aspects of behavior in domestic animals. The discussions concerning welfare aspects of animal breeding are a good overview of the subject. The book will be appreciated by those who wish to gain a greater understanding of the genetic aspects of behavior and some of the ethical concerns inherent to genetic manipulation of domestic animals. The rich source of references that accompany each chapter will provide an excellent starting point for those who wish to explore subjects in greater detail.
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Demonstrates that principles of behavioral genetics have practical applications to agriculture and companion animals by synthesizing research from that science and animal and veterinary science. Examines the role of genetic factors in both species-specific behaviors and behavioral differences among individuals in the same species. Considers rodents, cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, herding and guard dogs, and poultry. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"This book investigates the influence of domestication, genetics, and environment in the development of an animal’s behavior…This book will be of interest and value to students studying animal or veterinary sciences, especially those unfamiliar with the differences in animal behaviors among various species."—Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, September 15, 2013

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780122951305
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 11/13/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin

TEMPLE GRANDIN earned her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois and went on to become a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of four previous books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. Grandin spearheaded reform of the quality of life and humaneness of death for the world’s farm animals.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
1 Behavioral Genetics and Animal Science 1
2 Behavioral Genetics and the Process of Animal Domestication 31
3 Fear and Fearfulness in Determining Behavior 67
4 Genetics and Behavior during Handling, Restraint, and Herding 113
5 Maternal and Reproductive Behavior of Livestock 145
6 Differences in the Behavior of Dog Breeds 167
7 Genetic Effects on Horse Behavior 203
8 Improving the Adaptability of Animals by Selection 235
9 Genetics and the Behavior of Chickens: Welfare and Productivity 265
10 The Influence of Genes on Social Behavior of Dogs 299
11 Genetics and Animal Welfare 319
Index 347
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