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The influence of urbanization on the behaviour of dogs in the Czech Republic

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of urbanization in the Czech Republic on the coexistence of domesticated dogs and their owners. The data from a questionnaire (distributed to dog owners) were divided into rural (R, n=164) and urban (U, n=132). The former group comprised of dogs living in family houses with yards/gardens, whereas the latter comprised of dogs kept in urban apartments without yards or gardens. The data were evaluated by chi-square test. The differences in living conditions of R and U dogs were derivative of the different structures of the respective households. In the R group, 3.7% of dogs lived in one-person households, 42.9% in two-person, and 53.4% in households with more than two persons. In U households, more dogs lived in one-person households (6.9%), 58.8% in two-member, and fewer (34.4

Date 2005
Publication Title Acta Veterinaria Brno
Volume 74
Issue 3
Pages 401-409
ISBN/ISSN 0001-7213
Language English
Author Address Department of Veterinary Public Health and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Palackeho 133, 612 42 Brno, Czech Republic. actavet@vfu.cz
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Developed countries
  4. Dogs
  5. Europe
  6. Living conditions
  7. Mammals
  8. OECD countries
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. Questionnaires
  11. Social psychology and social anthropology
  12. urbanization
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