Is there a genetic predisposition for some dogs to be born shy?

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Some dog breeds are inherently more shy than others. While most dogs will greet strangers and encounter new situations with a wagging tail and happy demeanor, some dogs tend to be more reserved and approach situations and people with caution. These dogs may sometimes be seen as stand-offish or unfriendly, but they are merely more naturally shy than other breeds.

Some dog breeds that will often make the list of shy dogs include the Akita, Shiba Inu, Saluki, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Komondor, Neapolitan Mastiff, Chow Chow and Cardigan Welsh Corgi. These dogs are known to be cautious and suspicious of new people, animals and situations. They will often approach people or other dogs with their tails and heads lowered, or back away from encounters with people or other animals.

You can help your dog become less shy by consistently exposing it to new situations and people in a friendly and safe environment. Gradually introduce your shy dog to these new environments and people so that you don’t frighten or traumatize him. Some dogs will just always be more reticent than others, but you can make your dog more outgoing by allowing him to socialize with other animals and explore new things.

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