The correlation between people characteristics and ownership of dog of a given size over others was investigated surveying a sample of Italian dog owners over the Internet. The regression analyses revealed predictors which were significant in differentiating owners of small dogs from the others. They were significantly more likely to have a low education level, to live in a house without a yard and to have given importance to dog size in the pet selection process, for accommodation-related reasons. They were more likely to have purchased their dogs as puppies from a pet shop early in their life (30-50 days old) and to dress up their pets. However, they were less likely to train their dogs and to purchase insurance against third-party liability. These findings may be useful to those working within the pet health and welfare professions, to assess population changes, in terms of human-pet bonds and animal care.

Correlation between the size of companion dogs and the profile of the owner : a cross-sectional study in Italy / F. Pirrone, M. Albertini, S.M. Mazzola, L. Pierantoni, F. Bavagnoli, D. Vigo. - In: DOG BEHAVIOR. - ISSN 2421-0684. - 1:2(2015), pp. 32-43. [10.4454/db.v1i2.14]

Correlation between the size of companion dogs and the profile of the owner : a cross-sectional study in Italy

F. Pirrone
Primo
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M. Albertini
Secondo
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S.M. Mazzola;D. Vigo
Ultimo
2015

Abstract

The correlation between people characteristics and ownership of dog of a given size over others was investigated surveying a sample of Italian dog owners over the Internet. The regression analyses revealed predictors which were significant in differentiating owners of small dogs from the others. They were significantly more likely to have a low education level, to live in a house without a yard and to have given importance to dog size in the pet selection process, for accommodation-related reasons. They were more likely to have purchased their dogs as puppies from a pet shop early in their life (30-50 days old) and to dress up their pets. However, they were less likely to train their dogs and to purchase insurance against third-party liability. These findings may be useful to those working within the pet health and welfare professions, to assess population changes, in terms of human-pet bonds and animal care.
dog; dog size; dog owner
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