Dogs born wire-haired are more outgoing and social, according to research conducted by scientists at the University of Warwick.
The researchers also found that the wire-hair breeds of the British Isles are more intelligent, outgoing and playful.
In their study, published in the journal Animal Cognition, researchers at Warwick’s Centre for Animal Cognome Research found that a breed of dogs with wire-hairs has been shown to have a higher level of intelligence, sociality and social competence compared to their wire-nosed counterparts.
They found that wire-tailed dogs were also more likely to engage in social interactions and had greater levels of self-confidence than wire-headed dogs.
The researchers found that in comparison to wire-heads, wire-haired dogs showed an increase in the number of social interactions, a stronger sense of belonging and a greater level of independence.
Dr Chris Evans, the head of Warwick’s Animal Cognomes Research Lab, said: “We’ve been working with wirehairs for years, and we’ve seen their intelligence increase.”
They have a more robust sense of social identity, and that makes them very appealing to families and pets.
“The fact that they are able to express their individuality in a different way to wireheads and other wire-type dogs, which is very unique for the wire species, makes them a wonderful addition to any family.”
The study also found wire-tails were more likely than wireheads to use tools such as scratching posts, and to be less likely to bite.
Professor Evans added: “It is important that these results are taken into account when choosing a new breed of dog, because wirehires can be a great way of introducing a new family to a new owner.”
The researchers will continue to investigate the effects of wire-hatred on social behaviour in the future, but the results may help us better understand how the relationship between intelligence and sociality develops in dogs.______________________________________________________For more information: