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Dog breed stereotype and exposure to negative behavior: effects on perceptions of adoptability

By J. C. Wright, A. Smith, K. Daniel, K. Adkins

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The purpose of the study was to determine if brief exposure to a dog behaving badly or in a friendly manner affects subsequent perceptions of the target dog's and other dogs' adoptability. Participants viewed a videotape of an adoptable German shepherd behaving either aggressively or prosocially and were then asked to rate the characteristics and adoptability of the same and different dogs. The results showed that people who saw the aggressive behavioral schema perceived only the target dog and a dog of the same breed to be significantly less adoptable than dogs of other breeds (p

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 10
Issue 3
Pages 255-265
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888700701353956
Language English
Author Address Psychology Department, Mercer University, 1400 Coleman Avenue, Mercer, GA 31207, USA.wright_jc@mercer.edu
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  1. Aggressive behavior
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animals
  4. Attitudes
  5. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  6. Canidae
  7. Canine
  8. Carnivores
  9. Dog Breeds
  10. Dogs
  11. Mammals
  12. peer-reviewed
  13. Pets and companion animals
  14. shelters
  15. Social psychology and social anthropology
  16. vertebrates
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