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What's in a Name: Effect of Breed Perceptions & Labeling on Attractiveness, Adoptions & Length of Stay for Pit-Bull-Type Dogs

Abstract Previous research has indicated that certain breeds of dogs stay longer in shelters than others; however exactly how breed perception and identification influences potential adopters' decisions remains unclear. Current dog breed identification practices in animal shelters are often based upon information supplied by the relinquishing owner, or staff determination based on the dog's phenotype. However discrepancies have been found between breed identification as typically assessed by welfare agencies and the outcome of DNA analysis. In Study 1, the perceived behavioral and adoptability characteristics of a pit-bull-type dog were compared with those of a Labrador Retriever and Border Collie. How the addition of a human handler influen... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Gunter, Lisa Marie (Author) / Wynne, Clive D.L. (Advisor) / Bimonte-Nelson, Heather A. (Committee member) / McBeath, Michael K. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Psychology / Animal sciences / adoption / animal shelter / dog breed / perception / pit bull
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 54 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Psychology 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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