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|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Author Address||International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), 31 Workshop Road, South Yarmouth, MA 02664, USA.email@example.com|
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