This study examined novel-object preference in dogs. In a free choice test 17 dogs were presented with a novel toy in a line up with two familiar toys. The unfamiliar object was chosen first in 38 out 50 tests suggesting a strong preference for novel over familiar items. Neophilia may be an adaptive trait for domestic dogs that has helped their adaptation towards man.
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.
Buy single article
Instant access to the full article PDF.
Price includes VAT for USA
Subscribe to journal
Immediate online access to all issues from 2019. Subscription will auto renew annually.
This is the net price. Taxes to be calculated in checkout.
Cooper JJ, Ashton C, Bishop S, West R, Mills DS, Young RJ (2003) Clever hounds: social cognition in the domestic dog. Appl Anim Behav Sci 81:229–241
Depue RA, Collins PF (1999) Neurobiology of the structure of personality: dopamine facilitation of incentive motivation and extraversion. Behav Brain Sci 22:491–569
Fischer J, Call J, Kaminski J (2004) A pluralistic account of word learning. TRENDS Cogn Sci 8:481
Golinkoff RM, Mervis CB, Hirsch-Pasek K (1994) Early object labels: the case of a developmental lexical principles framework. J Child Lang 21:125–155
Gosling SD, John OP (1999) Personality dimensions in non-human animals: a cross-species review. Curr Dir Psychol Sci 8:69–75
Hare B, Brown M, Williamson C, Tomasello M (2002) The domestication of social cognition in dogs. Science 298:1634–1636
Kaminski J, Call J, Fischer J (2004) Word learning in a domestic dog: evidence for “fast mapping”. Science 304:1682–1684
Markman EM, Abelev M (2004) Word learning in dogs? TRENDS Cogn Sci 8:479–481
Miklósi Á, Topál J, Csányi V (2004) Comparative social cognition. What can dogs teach us? Anim Behav 67:995–1004
Povinelli DJ, Reaux J, Theall L, Giambrone S (2000) Folk physics for apes: the chimpanzee’s theory of how the world works. Oxford University Press, Oxford
Sheppard G, Mills DS (2002) Development of a psychometric scale for the evaluation of the emotional predispositions of pet dogs. Int J Comp Psychol 15:201–222
Virányi ZS, Topál J, Miklósi Á, Csányi V (2006) A nonverbal test of knowledge attribution: a comparative study on dogs and children. Anim Cogn 9:13–26
Ward C, Smuts BB (2007) Quantity-based judgments in the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris). Anim Cogn 10:71–80
Zuckerman M (1994) Behavioral expressions and biosocial bases of sensation seeking. Cambridge University Press, New York
About this article
Cite this article
Kaulfuß, P., Mills, D.S. Neophilia in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) and its implication for studies of dog cognition. Anim Cogn 11, 553–556 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-007-0128-x
- Novelty Preference
- Choice test
- Word learning