• Question: If domesticated animals go to the wild, will they still behave like domesticated animals?

    Asked by Adri to Carrie, Rupert on 17 Mar 2017.
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      Carrie Ijichi answered on 17 Mar 2017:

      Great question – it depends on how much we changed their genetics through selective breeding. So, an alsatian hasn’t had it’s genetics changes as much as a chihuahua has which would let the alsatian behave more like a wolf if we let it become feral. I don’t think the chihuahua would last very long! Cats haven’t been domesticated to the same extent that dogs have and they become feral quite easily again. The same for horses too.