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Preliminary observations on the characteristics of the owned dog population in Roseau, Dominica

By B. W. Davis, K. Alie, W. J. Fielding, M. Morters, F. Galindo

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This article reports findings from interviews with 93 heads of households (38.6% of all households) who owned 148 dogs in Roseau, the capital of The Commonwealth of Dominica. Mixed dogs, of no definable cross, were most common, followed by Rottweiler crosses. The median age of the dogs was 3 years, and 9.4% of the population was over 7 years. Respondents showed a definite preference for keeping male dogs (60%), and most animals were kept for protection (65%). Almost 30% of the dogs were allowed to roam. With 8.5% of the dogs neutered and 7 puppies per litter being born, the owned population produces more dogs than are required to maintain its size and so can provide recruits to the "stray" dog population. Comparisons with studies elsewhere in the Caribbean region (Fielding & Plumridge, 2005; Ortega-Pacheco et al. (in press)) suggest that environmental effects rather than the level of care offered are primarily responsible for controlling the dog population.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 10
Issue 2
Pages 141-151
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888700701313520
Language English
Author Address International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), 31 Workshop Road, South Yarmouth, MA 02664, USA.wdavis@ifaw.org
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  1. ACP Countries
  2. Animal rights
  3. Animals
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Canidae
  6. Canine
  7. Caribbean
  8. Carnivores
  9. Commonwealth of Nations
  10. Developing countries
  11. Dogs
  12. Dominica
  13. Islands
  14. Mammals
  15. peer-reviewed
  16. Pets and companion animals
  17. populations
  18. surveys
  19. United States of America
  20. vertebrates
  21. West Indies
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