OMIA:000971-9615 : Tail chasing in Canis lupus familiaris (dog)

Categories: Behaviour / neurological phene

Links to MONDO diseases: No links.

Mendelian trait/disorder: unknown

Considered a defect: yes

Genetic engineering: Unknown
Have human generated variants been created, e.g. through genetic engineering and gene editing

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2011). OMIA:000971-9615: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) [dataset].


Note: the references are listed in reverse chronological order (from the most recent year to the earliest year), and alphabetically by first author within a year.

2012 Bain, M.J., Fan, C.M. :
Animal behavior case of the month. Motivation for the tail-chasing behavior was considered to most likely be multifactorial. J Am Vet Med Assoc 240:673-5, 2012. Pubmed reference: 22380802. DOI: 10.2460/javma.240.6.673.
Tiira, K., Hakosalo, O., Kareinen, L., Thomas, A., Hielm-Björkman, A., Escriou, C., Arnold, P., Lohi, H. :
Environmental effects on compulsive tail chasing in dogs. PLoS One 7:e41684, 2012. Pubmed reference: 22844513. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041684.
2011 Burn, C.C. :
A vicious cycle: a cross-sectional study of canine tail-chasing and human responses to it, using a free video-sharing website. PLoS One 6:e26553, 2011. Pubmed reference: 22096487. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0026553.
Goto, A., Arata, S., Kiyokawa, Y., Takeuchi, Y., Mori, Y. :
Risk factors for canine tail chasing behaviour in Japan. Vet J , 2011. Pubmed reference: 21993593. DOI: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2011.09.004.
Moon-Fanelli, A.A., Dodman, N.H., Famula, T.R., Cottam, N. :
Characteristics of compulsive tail chasing and associated risk factors in Bull Terriers. J Am Vet Med Assoc 238:883-9, 2011. Pubmed reference: 21453176. DOI: 10.2460/javma.238.7.883.
2009 Yalcin, E., Ilcol, Y.O., Batmaz, H. :
Serum lipid concentrations in dogs with tail chasing. J Small Anim Pract 50:133-5, 2009. Pubmed reference: 19261083. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2008.00704.x.
2008 Kim, Y.M., Choi, Y.J., Kim, S.H., Abd El-Aty, A.M., Kim, B.J., Hwang, S.H., Lee, S.M. :
Response to a combined treatment program with clomipramine, behavioral, and environmental management of compulsive tail chasing in a German Shepherd. Berl Munch Tierarztl Wochenschr 121:329-33, 2008. Pubmed reference: 18822603.
Nolen, R.S. :
Fluffy can't stop chasing his tail. Odd behaviour may be serious compulsive disorder. J Am Vet Med Assoc 232:1623-4, 2008. Pubmed reference: 18546613.
1998 Moon-Fanelli, A.A., Dodman, N.H. :
Description and development of compulsive tail chasing in terriers and response to clomipramine treatment. J Am Vet Med Assoc 212:1252-7, 1998. Pubmed reference: 9569164.
1997 Uchida, Y., Moon-Fanelli, A.A., Dodman, N.H., Clegg, M.S., Keen, C.L. :
Serum concentrations of zinc and copper in bull terriers with lethal acrodermatitis and tail-chasing behavior. Am J Vet Res 58:808-10, 1997. Pubmed reference: 9256960.
1995 Thornton, L.A. :
Animal behavior case of the month. The owners observed tail chasing and left hind lameness in their dog. J Am Vet Med Assoc 206:1868-70, 1995. Pubmed reference: 7790299.
1993 Dodman, N.H., Bronson, R., Gliatto, J. :
Tail Chasing in a Bull Terrier Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 202:758-760, 1993. Pubmed reference: 8454509.
Schwartz, S. :
Naltrexone-induced pruritus in a dog with tail-chasing behavior. J Am Vet Med Assoc 202:278-80, 1993. Pubmed reference: 8428834.
1987 Brown, S.A., Crowell-Davis, S., Malcolm, T., Edwards, P. :
Naloxone-responsive compulsive tail chasing in a dog. J Am Vet Med Assoc 190:884-6, 1987. Pubmed reference: 3570945.
1977 Heywood, S. :
Chasing one's own tail? An example of self-pursuit in a red setter. Perception 6:483, 1977. Pubmed reference: 917737.

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