We are all familiar with the proverbial rivalry between cats and dogs that gives a stereotypical view about their relationship. But this is a different kind of story, which shows us that we should resist the prejudices because animals are much more complex beings than we think.
Cheetahs, as vicious and dangerous as they can be have a shy nature and it’s very difficult for them to socialize. That’s way they have a problem to breed, but an amazing and completely incredible solution is found. Cheetahs who are living in the zoos are getting introduced to new buddies – dogs from whom they learn how to relax and adopt their model of behavior.
“A dominant dog is very helpful because cheetahs are quite shy instinctively, and you can’t breed that out of them,” explains Janet Rose-Hinostroza, animal training supervisor at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “When you pair them [cheetahs with dogs], the cheetah looks to the dog for cues and learns to model their behavior. It’s about getting them to read that calm, happy-go-lucky vibe from the dog – and that helps them be more confident and willing to get it on.”
It’s unbelievable, doggies are cheetahs’ animal version of a life coach!