Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals, third edition offers the latest and most valuable information on animal science and behavioural genetics, carrying on the book's legacy since its original publication in 1998. This book synthesizes research from behavioural genetics and animal and veterinary science, bridging the gap between these fields. The objective is to show that principles of behavioural genetics have practical applications to agricultural and companion animals. The continuing domestication of animals is a complex process whose myriad impacts on animal behaviour are commonly under-appreciated. Genetic factors play a significant role in both species-specific behaviours and behavioural differences exhibited by individuals in the same species. Leading authorities explore the impact of increased intensities of selection on domestic animal behaviour. Rodents, cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, herding and guard dogs, and poultry are all included in these discussions of genetics and behaviour, making this book useful to veterinarians, livestock producers, laboratory animal researchers and technicians, animal trainers and breeders, and any researcher interested in animal behaviour. Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals is the most valuable resource for researchers and practitioners in animal and veterinary science, animal behaviour, genetics, ethology, and similar fields. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines will also benefit from the global expertise featured in this newest edition.
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 of Pigs and Relation to Welfare
12. Genetics and Animal Welfare
Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of six books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. Dr Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism, and her work has been covered in the New York Times, People, National Public Radio, and 20/20. Most recently she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the year. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.
"In light of the ongoing debate on 'nature versus nurture' as determinants of behavior, it is somewhat surprising that this is the first book devoted to the role genetics plays in domestic animal behavior. [...] this topic has not previously been given the in-depth treatment it receives here. Editor Grandin's stated objective is 'to illustrate that principles discovered by behavioral genetics researchers have practical applications in agricultural and companion animals.' Of particular interest is the final chapter, 'Genetics and Animal Welfare,' which examines the often damaging effects of our efforts to select for certain traits and suggests criteria for determining the ethical limit for genetic selection. A fine work, highly readable and well documented. Extensive bibiographies. Recommended for all academic libraries."