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Personality traits in companion dogs—Results from the VIDOPET

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This database contains the raw data of the Vienna Dog Personality Test (VIDOPET) performed on 217 pet border collies. The test consists of 15 situations, the dogs’ behaviour during the test was evaluated using both video coding and video rating methods, and additionally the participating owners filled in a personality questionnaire about their dogs. The coded data were subjected to a two-step data reduction procedure (principal component analysis on each subtest followed by an exploratory factor analysis on the subtest components), which yielded five factors: Sociability-obedience, Activity-independence, Novelty seeking, Problem orientation, and Frustration tolerance. The reliability analyses of these factors included assessment of internal consistency, intra-observer, inter-observer, and test-retest reliability, as well as reliability between experimenters and test locations. The construct validity of the test was investigated by analysing the correlations between the results of the video coding, video rating, and the owners’ questionnaire assessment.


This research was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) grant P21418 to L.H. and F.R.; FWF DK CogCom Programme to S.R.; FWF grant P24840 to F.R.; European Science Foundation, CompCog Exchange Visit Grant (4089), the OeAD (project number: 74öu3) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to B.T.; WWTF grant CS11-005 to L.H.; and FWF grant I1271 and WWTF grant CS11-026 to Zs.V, and our sponsor Royal Canin. Finally, this project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant Agreement No. 680040).