Your Dog Loves Reggae. Science Says So.

Every dog owner has wondered what kind of music their animals love. Don’t lie. You know what I mean. My bull terriers seems to be pretty ecumenical when it comes to their tastes in music. Schmooze, the senior dog, is pretty much okay with anything I play around the house, although Squirt gets a little

My bull terriers seems to be pretty ecumenical when it comes to their tastes in music. Schmooze, the senior dog, is pretty much okay with anything I play around the house, although Squirt gets a little edgey when the industrial and hardcore starts up.

But maybe we’re just anthropomorphizing things too much. Do dogs even like music? A new scientific study says “yes.”

A study by the University of Glasgow on behalf of the Scottish SPCA concludes that dogs not only do dogs like music but they have a definite genre preference. And it’s reggae.

Five genres were tested against a group of canines: sot rock, Motown, pop, reggae and classical. The dogs’ behaviours were monitored as songs from each category were played and they seemed most happy, relaxed and chilled whenever reggae came on. Soft rock came second, followed by classical music, Motown and pop. More study is needed to see what dogs think of hardcore, industrial and black metal.

However, it also appears that all dogs aren’t all the same. Just like people, individual dogs exhibited personal tastes and that they all seemed to like all forms of music to some extent.

Read more here after you take a look at this fella dancing to Native American music. If you don’t smile at this, you’re dead.

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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