Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals, 2nd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0124055087
  • ISBN-13: 9780124055087
  • DDC: 591.5
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 496 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Contributors.
1: Behavioral Genetics and Animal Science.
2: Behavioral Genetics and Animal Domestication.
3: How Studying Interactions between Animal Emotions, Cognition, and Personality Can Contribute to Improve Farm Animal Welfare.
4: Genetics and Behavior during Handling, Restraint, and Herding.
5: Reproductive and Maternal Behavior of Livestock.
6: Differences in the Behavior of Landraces and Breeds of Dogs.
7: Behavior Genetics of the Horse (Equus Caballus).
8: Improving the Adaptability of Animals by Selection.
9: Genetic Influences on the Behavior of Chickens Associated with Welfare and Productivity.
10: Genetics of Domesticated Behavior in Dogs and Foxes.
11: Behavioral Genetics in Pigs and Relations to Welfare.
12: Genetics and Animal Welfare.