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12 Dog Breeds Most Likely to Exhibit Signs of OCD

Dogs of first-time owners are most likely to exhibit repetitive signs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), new research from the University of Helsinki has found.

While canine compulsive disorder is not extremely common, some of the breeds most likely to exhibit signs of OCD include German Shepherds, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and adorable Cairn Terriers.

The study, published in Scientific Reports, found that dog OCD behaviors include tail chasing, snapping at their reflection or shadow, surface licking, pacing, staring, spending time near their water bowl, and self-biting. Their research found that 1,315 out of 4,436 dogs (30%) engaged in repetitive behaviors, with dogs of first-time owners are 58% more likely to exhibit these behaviors.

“Interestingly, we reported a novel association between repetitive behavior and the owner’s dog experience,” the researchers wrote in their study. “Moreover, we observed that a low amount of exercise and larger family size, environmental factors potentially increasing stress in the dogs’ life, may increase the probability of repetitive behaviour.”

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On the other hand, the breeds that were less likely to exhibit signs of OCD include Smooth Collies, Miniature Schnauzers and Lagotto Romagnolos. While the main reason for the findings remain unclear, researchers hope the study will improve dog welfare.

Take a look at the full list below…

12 dog breeds most likely to exhibit signs of OCD

  1. German Shepherd
  2. chinese crested dog
  3. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  4. Medium-size Spitz
  5. Staffordshire Bullterrier
  6. cairn terrier
  7. mixed breed
  8. Border Collie
  9. golden retriever
  10. labrador retriever
  11. chihuahua
  12. finnish lapponian dog
    1. smooth collie dog

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      11 dog breeds less likely to exhibit signs of OCD

      1. Smooth Collie
      2. miniature schnauzer
      3. Lagotto Romagnolo
      4. jack russell terrier
      5. Rough Collie
      6. wheaten-terrier
      7. miniature poodle
      8. shetland sheepdog
      9. Lapponian Herder
      10. Coton de Tulear
      11. Spanish Water Dog
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