Left-Pawed Dogs More Aggressive, Likely To Bite The Mailman

Patrick Frye - Author

Aug. 23 2017, Updated 2:47 a.m. ET

Left-pawed dogs are more aggressive and likely to bite the mailman, according to recent research.

Left-pawed dogs are more likely to act aggressively than right pawed dogs new research has claimed. They used 75 tests to figure out which paw preference dogs had and then analyzed their behavior for various traits.

For the canine project, Dr Luke Schneider studied 75 pets, including Labradors, border collies, golden retrievers, Shetland sheepdogs and crossbreeds. How did they determine the left-pawed dogs? They gave the dog a cylindrical toy containing food and the dog had to use their paw to get the treat out.

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“They had 50 attempts for each and left- pawed dogs scored almost twice as high as ambidextrous ones and also higher than dogs with right paws,” said Dr Luke Schneider, from the University of Adelaide.

The left paw is controlled by the about right side of the brain, which is associated with more negative emotions, and scientists believe the findings show the same traits in humans.

“We found that dogs with a preference for left paws were reported by their owners to show high levels of aggression towards strangers,” said Dr Luke Schneider.

Want to see if your dog or cat is a righty or lefty? Here are a few simple tests you can use to determine your pet’s preference:

  • If your dog “shakes hands” with you, which paw does it offer you first and most often?
  • Fill a toy with something delicious and put it in the center of the dog’s visual field. Which paw does it use to touch the toy first? Which paw does the dog use to hold the toy?
  • Put something sticky (such as peanut butter) on a dog or cat’s nose. Which paw does the animal use to remove it?
  • Place a treat or a piece of cheese under a sofa, just beyond a dog or cat’s reach. Which paw does it use to try and get it out?

“Doing them 100 times (over several days) should give you an answer,” said Dr. Stefanie Schwartz .

Do you agree left-pawed dogs are more aggressive than right-pawed dogs?


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