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Scent-Mediated Kin Recognition and a Similar Type of Long-Term Olfactory Memory in Domestic Dogs (Canis Familiaris)

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Eight purebred dogs, separated from their mother for 7’68 months (Median: 33) spent more time (p <. 02) reacting to her scent than to that of an unfamiliar, like-breed female, thus displaying scent-mediated kin recognition. Newborn dogs reared for sale are nurtured by human caretakers, thereby creating an enduring social bond. Consistent with this view, 9 purebred dogs separated from their caretaker for 11’39 months (Median: 13) spent more time (p <. 01) reacting to their caretaker’s scent than to that of a like-sex stranger living with a dog of the same breed and sex. The temporal limits of scent-mediated kin recognition and memory of their caretaker’s scent remain to be explored.

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Gillis, C., Legarsky, M., Lenker, L., Falkevitz, J., Carr, W.J. (1999). Scent-Mediated Kin Recognition and a Similar Type of Long-Term Olfactory Memory in Domestic Dogs (Canis Familiaris). In: Johnston, R.E., Müller-Schwarze, D., Sorensen, P.W. (eds) Advances in Chemical Signals in Vertebrates. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-4733-4_26

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