The University of Lincoln is looking for dogs to take part in a study to discover if their behaviour is affected by cultural differences between countries.  

A UNIVERSITY study aims to show that cultural differences affect the behaviour of dogs as well as people.

Lincoln logoCultural identity impacts on behaviour among the human population, but it is unknown whether this principle can be applied to man’s best friend.

However, the answer may be just round the corner following research carried out by three universities in the UK, Austria and Hungary.

The study aims to find out if cultural differences exist among dogs by looking at how dogs from different countries react to various problems.

The first two stages of the investigation have already taken place at Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest and Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna.

The third and final partner, the University of Lincoln, is now appealing for dog owners to bring their pets for a “play date” where they will take part in new, mentally challenging experiences. Researchers from the School of Life Sciences will then compare and contrast their reactions.

Daniel Mills, from the University of Lincoln, said: “This collaboration is a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the dog/owner bond on cognitive performance and we are really keen for owners to help us, as the results could be very wide-reaching implications for how we study things like the intelligence of animals in general.”

The test sessions are scheduled to take place at the university’s Riseholme campus between January 10 and March 25, 2013.

Researchers are looking for border collies, Labrador retrievers and other medium and large sized pure breed dogs such as cocker spaniels and huskies. They must also be kept as pets, mainly indoors, be at least one year old and have the potential to be motivated to work for food.

If you and your dog would like to take part in the study please contact Dóra Szabó by emailing

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