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Characteristics of owned dogs on the island of New Providence, The Bahamas

By W. J. Fielding, S. J. Plumridge

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This study reports the findings from street interviews on owned dogs (N=442) in New Providence, The Bahamas. Many households kept dogs outside, and roughly 43% of households allowed at least 1 dog to roam. Dogs kept inside most likely were considered a companion, whereas dogs used for security were kept outside. With 36.1% of the dog population neutered and 4.4 puppies per litter surviving to breeding age (6 months), the population continues to produce more dogs than are required just to maintain its numbers. Potcakes, the local mongrel, followed by pit bulls, were the most commonly kept dogs. Comparison with a study conducted in the Yucatan, Mexico (A. Ortega-Pacheco et al., 2005), suggests that the hostile subtropical environment of New Providence well may be responsible for checking the growth of the dog population. The study also suggests that until less than 20% of the females breed, there will continue to be a dog problem on the island.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 8
Issue 4
Pages 245-260
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/s15327604jaws0804_2
Language English
Author Address The College of the Bahamas, Oakes Field Campus, P.O. Box N-4912, Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas.wfru@hotmail.com
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  1. ACP Countries
  2. Animal rights
  3. Animals
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Attitudes
  6. Bahamas
  7. Canidae
  8. Canine
  9. Caribbean
  10. Carnivores
  11. Commonwealth of Nations
  12. Demography
  13. Developing countries
  14. Dogs
  15. Islands
  16. Mammals
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. Pets and companion animals
  19. population control
  20. population density
  21. population growth
  22. Social psychology and social anthropology
  23. stray animals
  24. United States of America
  25. vertebrates
  26. young animals
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