The term hyperactivity is often used with pet parents; however, true hyperactivity involves over-activity, attention deficits and impulsivity, which can be calmed with stimulant drugs.
A recent study of over 11,000 dogs has shown that gender, breed and age can play a role in canine hyperactivity and ADHD.
The research found that inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity were more common in younger dogs and males, which is similar to humans. These traits were magnified if the dog spent most of its time at home alone.
As well as age, the research team discovered that the breed of the dog played an important role. Dogs like German Shepherds and Border Collie’s are more prone to ADHD if their minds are not stimulated. In contrast, dogs like a chihuahua have a calmer disposition and are less prone to ADHD or hyperactivity tendencies.
The research also found that hyperactive dogs have metabolic abnormalities with their blood containing certain elements that differ from normally behaved dogs.