This article is from the Publications about dogs FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore with numerous contributions by others.
Fuller, J. L., C. A. Easler, and E. M. Banks. 1950. Formation of
conditioned avoidance responses in young puppies. Am. J.
Physiol. 160:462-66. Houpt, Katherine A., VMD, PhD and Thomas
R. Wolski DVM. Domestic Animal Behavior for Veterinarians and
Animal Scientists, 1982, pp. 235-238.
Discusses studies on breed differences in learning ability or,
at least, in acquisition and performance of various tasks.
Contains references to similar studies.
Honore, Erika K., and Peter H. Klopfer. _A Concise Survey of Animal
Behavior_. Academic Press, 465 S. Lincoln Dr., Troy MO 63379.
An in depth academic approach to helping people understand and
appreciate animal behavior, including dogs.
Lynch, J. J., and J. F. McCarthy. 1967. The effect of petting on a
classically conditioned emotional response. Behaav. Res. Ther.
Pfaffenberger, Clarence J. _The New Knowledge Of Dog Behavior_. Howell
Book House, 1971.
Mr Pfaffenberger wrote this book based on his own experiences
working with the breeding program at Guide Dogs for the Blind
and the research of Dr. J. Paul Scott of the Animal Behavior
Division at Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory in Bar
Harbor, Maine. As a measure of the success of the work at Guide
Dogs for the Blind, in the late 1940's, only nine percent of
the dogs that started training could become responsible guides.
In 1958 and 1959, all the dogs bred and developed according to
the knowledge gained by Pfaffenbarger were as good or better
than the dogs of 1946 and 90% became guide dogs despite
stricter requirements from the 1946 standard.
Scott, J. P., and J. L. Fuller. _Dog Behavior. The Genetic Basis_.
University of Chicago Press, 1974.
This landmark study provides much of the actual research cited
and used by later behaviorists, including Pfaffenberger's _New
Knowledge_. Hard to find, but worth getting if you're
interested in this subject. It documents the breeding
experiments done at Bar Harbor, Maine that are the basis of
most of what we know about the inheritance of behavior. Five
dissimilar breeds were chosen for the study and the behavior of
each breed was studied in depth as also the F1 and F2 hybrids.
Shewell, P.C and J.D. Nancarrow. Dogs that bite. British Medical
Journal, 1991. 6816:1512-13.
The article contains statistics of cases treated at West
Midland Regional Plastic and Jaw Surgery Unit, Wordsley
Hospital, during the period 1982-1989. The review of the
article indicates that the most common situation that causes
dogs to bite is a child coming to visit a family with dogs
where the child immediately approaching the dog and hugging it.
It is also worth noting that Dobermans and Rottweilers only
caused 7% of all cases.
Stanley, W. C., J. E. Barrett, and W. E. Bacon. 1974. Conditioning and
extinction of avoidance and escape behavior in neonatal dogs.
J. Comp. Physiol. Psychol. 87:163-72.