Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals

Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals

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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.
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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • 2nd edition
  • 0128100168
  • 9780128100165

Table of contents

Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals, 2e

Temple Grandin, editor

Chapter 1. Behavioral Genetics and Animal Science Temple Grandin & Mark Deesing

Chapter 2. Behavioral Genetics and the Process of Animal Domestication Per Jensen

Chapter 3. Fear and Fearfulness in Determining Behavior Alain Boissy

Chapter 4. Genetics and Behavior during Handling, Restraint and Herding

Temple Grandin & Mark Deesing

Chapter 5. Maternal and Reproductive Behavior of Livestock

Peter Chenoweth

Chapter 6. Differences in the Behavior of Dog Breeds

Kathryn Lord, Raymond Coppinger, and Lorna Coppinger

Chapter 7. Genetic Effects on Horse Behavior

Temple Grandin & Mark Deesing

Chapter 8. Improving the Adaptability of Animals by Selection

J.M. Faure & A.D. Mills

Chapter 9. Genetics and the Behavior of Chickens: Welfare and Productivity

William Muir & Heng wei Cheng

Chapter 10. Continuation of the Russian Fox Experiments

Anna V. Kukekova, Lyudmila N. Trut, Gregory M. Acland, & K. Gordon Lark

Chapter 11. Behavior Genetics Important for Pig Welfare

Lotta Rydhmer & Laurianne Canerio

Chapter 12: Genetics and Animal Welfare

Temple Grandin & Mark Deesing
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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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