For some, prioritizing a given dog breed when choosing a new puppy is ethically questionable. The dog breeding market is highly competitive and endogamy (inbreeding) is, unfortunately, common. This phenomenon leads to
a loss of genetic diversity which can lead to a variety of illnesses.
One of the advantages of choosing to adopt your new puppy is that different resources are available to help you discover the animal’s temperament, the most common characteristics of that animal, including the American Kennel Club and the Federación Cinológica Internacional.
Therefore, maybe you’re sure that what you want is a hunting dog, or a herding dog that takes care of livestock. Then you might want to narrow your search down to Border Collies or German Pointers.
If you’re just looking for a simple companion dog, then adoption might be your best option. The Campbell test, a good evaluation of a dog’s temperament
First-time owners, or simply any individuals that don’t have veterinary training, lack the resources to discern what puppies they should or shouldn’t bring home.
Of course, there’s no perfect mathematical formula that will offer a completely fail-proof answer.
Any puppy will want to play and want you to pet them. But if you want to go beyond that,
there’s a tool available that will allow you to better examine the temperament of each puppy. This test is called the Campbell test.
This short evaluation
can take place when puppies are in their seventh week of life. Someone that the puppy doesn’t know should perform the evaluation in a room that’s unfamiliar to the animal.
You’ll find the steps to follow below:
Social attraction test
place the puppy on the floor, squat down, and then clap. This will help determine the level of attraction that animal has towards human beings. There are 5 possibilities:
The dog may run towards the examiner, jumping and wagging its tail without hesitation
It approaches without hesitation,
wagging its tail, touching the examiner with its paws The animal approaches, but with its tail down
The puppy approaches, but with hesitation
It doesn’t approach at all
The examiner stands next to the puppy and starts to walk. He or she evaluates the dog’s
level of independence and ability to follow its owner. Once again, there are 5 possibilities:
The puppy follows the examiner, wagging its tail and attempts to nip at the human’s feet
It wags its tail, but doesn’t nip
The animal follows the examiner, but without wagging its tail
The animal follows along hesitantly and with its tail down
It doesn’t follow the examiner at all and even moves away
Here, the examiner evaluates the animal’s level of submission. During the test, he or she will place the dog on its back and hold it there for 30 seconds. There are 4 possible outcomes:
The animal may fight to escape and bite the examiner
It may struggle to escape, but without biting
The dog may struggle to escape at first, but then remain still and start licking the examiner’s hands
Finally, it may remain still without struggling, licking the examiner’s hands
Social dominance test
Here, the examiner starts to pet the animal from its head down to its tail, forcing the dog to stay still. There are 5 possible outcomes for this test:
The puppy jumps, barks, bites, or growls
The animal simple jumps and barks
It twists around and licks the examiner’s hands
It lies down belly up and licks the examiner’s hands
The animal moves away and doesn’t come back
The examiner holds the dog in the air for 30 seconds, leaving the animal at his or her mercy. The 4 possible outcomes are:
The animal fights to be free, bites, and growls
It fights to be free, but it doesn’t growl
The animal fights to be free, but quickly calms down and licks the examiner’s hands
The animal doesn’t struggle, and goes right to licking the examiner’s hands
According to how a new puppy responds, you’ll be dealing with the following:
A dominant or . Two responses. One from the first in the lists. This puppy will make for a good guardian, but not a family pet. aggressive dog
A dominant extroverted dog. Three or more responses. This animal will require firm training, but not too strict. It likely won’t make for a good family pet.
A well-balanced dog. Three or more. This is the perfect puppy for any situation.
A submissive dog. Two or more of the 4th or 5th responses from the lists. This is an affectionate puppy, but it has the potential to be anxious or insecure.
An independent and . It’s unlikely this dog will follow any orders. It will require owners that are experienced and dominant. poorly socialized dog