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Reported Acquisition Practices of Australian Dog Owners

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Blackman, SA ORCID: 0000-0002-1639-613X, Wilson, BJ, Reed, AR and McGreevy, PD 2019 , 'Reported Acquisition Practices of Australian Dog Owners' , Animals, vol. 9, no. 12 , pp. 1-14 , doi: 10.3390/ani9121157.

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Abstract

In Australia, the UK and the US dog ownership is prevalent with an estimated 40% ofAustralian households, 25% of UK households, and 50% of US households owning a dog. Onceacquired, a dog usually becomes a family companion so, unlike a faulty product, it can rarely bereturned or resold without some emotional impact on both the acquirer and the dog. Regarding thereality of dog relinquishment, there is a growing need for cross-disciplinary research that considershow dog owners are making their acquisition choices and, if prioritising different attributes, leads tomore optimal acquisition choices. This research collected data from 2840 dog owners via an onlinesurvey and examines how owners prioritised various attributes when acquiring their latest dog.The Pearson-Blotchky analysis of survey results show owners are split into two groups, with eachgroup prioritising different attributes or characteristics in their search for a new dog. The first groupare those dog owners who prioritised: the ability to rescue a dog, how compatible the dog wason the first meeting, and how compatible they believed the dog would be with their household.The second group are those owners who prioritised: a dog’s morphology, temperament predictability,and breeding practices. While each group prioritised different attributes, neither group madesubstantially more optimal acquisition choices in terms of overall satisfaction with the dog that theyultimately selected.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Blackman, SA and Wilson, BJ and Reed, AR and McGreevy, PD
Keywords: canine, dog, acquisition, purchase, priorities
Journal or Publication Title: Animals
Publisher: M D P I AG
ISSN: 2076-2615
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/ani9121157
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Copyright 2019 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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