Can Dogs Have Autism? The Shocking Truth Revealed

can dogs have autism

Autism is typically a disorder or condition that is only associated with human beings, most especially with kids or younger beings. The symptoms and signs can vary and I will discuss each one of them more detailed in the latter part of this article.

However, these symptoms that I have mentioned can sometimes appear in distinct versions among dogs. This can pose a problem since you certainly are bound to be confused. This is because canine behavior is most certainly very unique from the behavior of you, the owner — a human being.

With that being said, you, perhaps, may have noticed that there is something different with your dog’s behavior. And this may raise some questions in your mind such as, can dogs have autism? Allow me to reveal the truth in this article plus some additional guidelines and information. 

What are the Characteristics Associated with Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder can come in varying forms. To be able to properly discern and evaluate if your dog is possibly going through or affected by autism, you first need to check the list of characteristics and behavior associated with this disorder or condition.

In a statement released by Mayo Clinic, this condition can typically be divided into two different categories. First is if one seems to be having some struggle or problem with communicating or any forms of social interaction.

This might be a possibility when one does not respond upon you calling his or her name. It also happens when one prefers to be isolated rather than be in the company of others, all the time.

Usually one may also be suffering from autism if one is having a hard time engaging in interaction by being overly passive or immensely aggressive.

Second of all, you may also notice a strange pattern in one’s behavior if one is going through autism. Particularly, if this behavior follows a routinely robotic-like or repetitive pattern. This can also count if the behavior is a little restricted.

For one, anyone with this disorder may move all the time or consistently. Or sometimes, one follows a specific pattern and if said pattern becomes altered even in the slightest bit, one gets very disturbed. This can certainly signify a disorder.

In addition, when one is too focused on a specific object or subject and gives an immense attention, this may also pose a problem. Aside from all of these, those who are experiencing autism spectrum disorder may also be having intensely strange food preferences.

This can make a certain one very difficult to feed. Lastly, one is a little numb to pain but can be very highly aware and sensitive to others that ignite the senses such as lights or sounds. 

Was There an Instance that a Dog Had Autism?

It is more of an association. In the past, there has been one noticeable pattern of behavior among some Bull Terriers that have caught the attention of a lot of professionals. This said pattern of behavior is pertaining to some dog’s uncanny habit of chasing their tails.

 And they have noticed some little association or connection between that pattern of behavior and autism.

 Studies have further revealed that among those Bull Terriers who have this behavioral pattern are more commonly and this behavior has been connected to a somewhat trancelike conduct or demeanor.

This combined with these dog’s possible acquirement of phobia may signify that these are the variation of a dog’s autism.

In addition, this behavior pattern of Bull Terriers has also been likened to another condition. This condition pertains to the fragile X syndrome among human beings.

Those with fragile X syndrome have an appearance that is a bit uncommon among human beings. Similarly, Bull Terriers also have an uncommon appearance characterized bowing face and protruding ears. 

Can Dogs Have Autism?

So what does all of these researches mean then? Does this mean dogs can have autism? Well, the answer is not really.

These dogs may have a number of certain conditions that have been associated with characteristics and conditions that are connected to autism but all these findings are not exactly definitive.

This means that dogs may have certain conditions that can be described as the dog version of autism but no authority or research has actually defined these patterns as autism nor has any dog been officially diagnosed by autism.

As you can see, research about canine behavior is still yet to be improved. We are still a long way from fully identifying each and every single pattern of a dog’s behavior.

So until further research, we cannot say for sure if one particular demeanor is a sign of autism or if it is just a mere normal behavior among certain dogs.

How to Manage Dogs with Symptoms that are Associated with Autism?

Good question! Approaching these problems with dogs is a bit different from that of human beings. With dogs, you must first identify the common patterns of behavior that your dog usually does.

When you finally do so, you must then find out what certain circumstances trigger these responses. As an example, there might be certain places that can trigger your dog’s aggressive demeanor. 

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the answer to the question of whether dogs can have autism is not really. While some studies revealed that there are possible connections between some of the repetitive behavioral patterns of dogs to autism spectrum disorder experienced by human beings.

But these researches have never been fully conclusive to reach a full definitive that conclusion. Until then, you cannot really say for sure if one certain pattern is normal or not.

However, you may still manage those possible signifiers such as by finding out what triggers a particular strange behavioral response of your dog.

There you have it, folks! I hope you enjoyed this article. Should you have any other suggestions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to leave them down below. I’ll see you on the next article!  


Anna Stewart

Hello!! I'm Anna. I have many hobbies about pets and animal, especially about dogs. In this blog I will share those necessary things you need to know about your dogs like behaviors, training, favorites, health care ... and more. Visit my blog regularly and share the fun with your dogs.