|Barked: Sat Feb 9, '08 8:21am PST |
|As I sit here watching the fluffy little Zoomie King make his daily frantic laps around the room, tearing up the bed, and snapping at Gio at each pass, I found myself wondering ... What exactly are zoomies? Why do some dogs seem to so completely enjoy them? Why do only some dogs have zoomies? Where did the behaviour come from?
I've had 3 Shelties in my life. Two, I found out actually quite recently, are from the same kennel. The breeder of my first Sheltie is the breeder of Romeo's dam. Those two Shelties had huge bouts of Zoomie Fever. Gio, on the other hand, doesn't have zoomies, but rather expresses his excitement vocally by barking and spinning. So is there a genetic component to why some dogs will have zoomies and others won't? Are some breeds more prone to having zoomies than others? I know I have heard of/seen dogs of many breeds having zoomies, but are there some breeds where they are quite uncommon? And even more interesting ... do wild canids have zoomies, or is this another one of those purely "dog" characteristics?
Any ideas? Stories? Theories? Or better yet, has anyone come across any research behind zoomies?
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