Dog Behavior, 2-2022, pp. 1-14 • DOL 10.4454/db.v8i2.144

Nathalie Marlois l, Daniel Groux 2, Catherine Mege 3, Claude Béata 4, Guillaume Sarcey 5, Nicolas Massal 6, Sylvia Masson 7, Fabien Subtil 8, Muriel Marione 2

  1. Clinique vétérinaire de l’Albarine 46 rue A. Bérard, 01500 Ambérieu en Bugey, France
  2. Clinique vétérinaire du Val d’Arve, 27 route de Cry, 74930 Reignier-Esery, France
  3. Clinique vétérinaire Ducs de Bourgogne, 11 ter rue Paul Langevin, 21300 Chenôve, France,
  4. Veterinary behaviorist. 353 A Boulevard Grignan, 83000 Toulon, France
  5. Clinique vétérinaire Saint Roch, 05000 Gap, France
  6. Clinique vétérinaire de la Paix, 344 Boulevard de la paix, 64000 Pau
  7. Clinique vétérinaire de la Tivollière, 38340 Voreppe, France
  8. Service de Biostatistique, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Lyon France; Université de Lyon, Université Lyon 1, CNRS, Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive UMR 5558, Villeurbanne, France
  9. Cabinet medico-chirurgical Montolivet, 234 rue Charles Kaddouz 13012 Marseille, France.


Rating scales have been used to evaluate Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in humans for many years, and ADHD rating scales modified for use in dogs, canis familiaris, have been validated and replicated. Still a canine ADHD syndrome has not been well-defined.  To date, ADHD rating scales for dog have not been used to address the question of whether dogs with high scores demonstrate behavioural disorders.

In the French model of Zoopsychiatry, Hypersensitivity-Hyperactivity (HSHA) syndrome in dogs has been clinically described, and can be considered a potential animal model of human ADHD, as well as a clinically defined canine version of ADHD. This prospective multicentric case study evaluated the usefulness of a translated version of one published ADHD rating scale in studying dogs with HSHA syndrome.

Seventy-eight owners of 78 dogs exhibiting HSHA, diagnosed by veterinary behaviourists filled out a questionnaire. Seventy-eight questionnaires were also administered to owners of healthy dogs that were matched as closely as possible in terms of breed, age, and sex. Four scores were studied: total score, inattention score (IA), and two hyperactivity scores (HI1 and HI2). The accuracy of the different scales in distinguishing HSHA cases from healthy dogs was analysed by Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves and by calculating the Area Under the ROC Curve (AUC).

The total score ranged from 15 to 46 with a mean of 29.36 in the HSHA group, and from 3 to 29 with a mean of 15.68 in the control group. The AUC for the total score was 0.955 (95% Confidence Interval 0.925-0.984).

Psychiatrie vétérinaire du chien

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