|Icelandic horse and Irish Sports Horse|
- Dominance—Reliable, Subordinate, Equable, Eccentric, Effective, Stubborn, Aggressive, Irritable
- Anxiousness—Suspicious, Insecure, Tense, Apprehensive, Fearful
- Excitability—Active, Slow, Excitable, Intelligent
- Protection—Understanding, Motherly, Protective
- Sociability-- Sociable, Playful, Popular
- Inquisitiveness—Curious, Opportunistic
Supporting earlier studies, Lloyd et al (2008) found statistically significant differences in personality between breeds. The original table in the study provides average component scores for each breed. To better enable comparison and discussion by you the readers, I have redrawn the table by showing Lloyd et al’s ranking of the breeds from high to low. Note by doing so I may have inadvertently biased reader interpretation by camouflaging variability shown by the numeric scores. In reality, Anxiousness and Excitability exhibit great variability and Dominance and Protection, low variability. The reader is advised to go to the original study to see actual results. I also rearranged the breeds to more clearly highlight breed relationships such as the Arabian horse having a great genetic input into the Welsh cob breed. And, of course, I added my own estimate of where the Icelandic horse may fall in this ranking. I also admit that I may be unconsciously biased since I have owned an Icelandic horse for 11 years.