Left dominant dogs are more anxious and fearful than righties. (See my post of canine righties v. lefties.) The question here is: Can chest whorls predict temperament?
|According to some experts, a horses' |
facial hair whorl can
Hair whorls, also called cowlicks, form in a spiral pattern, either counterclockwise or clockwise, tufted or flat, growing toward the center or away from it.
|Clockwise and counterclockwise directions|
|In cattle there's a relationship between the location of|
the hair whorl on the face and temperament. Middle whorls
predict a more cautious personality.
A 2009 study of dogs by Lisa Tomkins and Paul McGreevy found that 80% have typical whorls in four places: chest, rump, elbows and back of the front legs.
|A typical spot for a hair whorl, but this one|
seems especially pronounced.
|Rump whorls are common to most dogs. Whorls on the left side of the body|
are usually counterclockwise. Those on the right are clockwise. Check out your
dog's elbow whorls and you'll see what I mean.
|A unique hair whorl in this Golden Retriever.|
Only 5% of dogs have a facial whorl.
|Except for Rhodesian and Thai Ridgebacks, hair whorls are not breed related, |
but are unique to individual dogs. The Ridgeback's ridge is made up
of two hair whorls, one going clockwise and the other counter.
Read the two part study:
- Hair whorls in the dog (canis familiaris) Part I, Distribution, (2009) by L. M. Tomkins and P. D. McGreevy.
- Hair whorls in the dog (canis familiaris ) Part II, Asymmetries, (2009) by L. M. Tomkins and P. D. McGreevy.