Dogs prefer reggae and soft rock to other music genres, says study

Stream some Bob Marley or Fleetwood Mac for your pet dog right now.

Dogs enjoy listening to reggae and soft rock more than other genres of music, according to new research.

The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) partnered with the University of Glasgow on the research, which involved playing a variety of different genres to dogs at a rehoming centre in Dunbarton, then monitoring how they responded.

Professor Neil Evans of the University of Glasgow said of the results: “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed, highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences. That being said, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behaviour.”

Gilly Mendes Ferreira of the SSPCA said that from now on, the charity will make efforts to ensure that their dogs can listen to the genres of music they most enjoy.

“At present both our Glasgow and Edinburgh centres are able to pipe music into their kennels. In the future every centre will be able to offer our four-footed friends a canine-approved playlist, with the view to extending this research to other species in our care,” she told the BBC.

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