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Similar genes cause both hu­man men­tal dis­or­ders and dogs' noise sensitivity and general fearfulness, a new study carried out within German Shepherds shows. The findings also indicate that canine fearfulness is hereditary.
Overlapping genomic regions underlie canine fearfulness and human mental disorders | University of Helsinki helsinki.fi

Professor Hannes Lohi’s group has identified two novel anxiety related genomic regions in German Shepherd dogs.