Research groups

Senior Family Dog Project

Family Dog Project

Family Dog Project was founded in 1994 to study the behavioral and cognitive aspects of the dog-human relationship. It is one of the largest dog research groups in the world, with over 100 published papers in peer-reviewed journals.
We hypothesised that dogs have evolved to survive in the anthropogenic environment, and our investigations aim at revealing the contribution of humans and dogs to this long-standing partnership. Thus we are not interested solely in the mental abilities of dogs but in all aspects of human and dog behaviour that have strengthened this bond, and may even expand it further. Surprisingly, in our experience this research does not only reveal important insights on dogs but also on us, people.
Currently member of the Family Dog Project belong to three institutions: Eötvös University, Department of Ethology, MTA TTK Group of Comparative Behavioural Research, MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group. The head of the group is Dr. Ádám Miklósi. His latest book is “Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition,” published by Oxford University Press.

MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group