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Correlation between gender, age and reproductive status with canine behavior assessed by the C-BARQ toolCorrelacao entre sexo, idade e estado reprodutivo com o comportamento canino avaliado pela ferramenta C-BARQ

By J. F. de S. Neder, G. M. Soares

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This study investigated Brazilian's dogs behavior through the Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ) and establish if these behaviors have a significant relationship with the age, sex and neutering status of the animal. The questionnaire was answered by owners between November 2018 and April 2020. The sample was divided according to sex (female or male), age (one year or less, from one to three years, from three to seven years, from seven to ten years or more than ten years) and the reproductive status of the animal (neutered or not). For each questionnaire answered, the scores of the 14 behavior categories investigated by C-BARQ were calculated and Spearman's correlation coefficient with a significance level of 5% was used to assess the correlation between these scores with the factors age, sex and reproductive status of the animals (Biostat 5.3 program). The results suggest higher scores for aggressive behavior in older dogs and in neutered dogs. Neutering was also associated with higher scores of fear from other dogs. The findings suggest the need for studies that seek to investigate how castration is linked to these behaviors that can deteriorate the owner-dog relationship.

Publication Title Revista Brasileira de Ciencia Veterinaria
Volume 28
Issue 3
Pages 126-131
ISBN/ISSN 1413-0130
DOI 10.4322/rbcv.2021.023
Author Address Medica veterinaria autonoma, Niteroi - RJ, Brazil.joana_neder@hotmail.com
Additional Language English
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  1. Age
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal reproduction
  4. Animals
  5. Anthrozoology
  6. Behavioral research
  7. Brazil
  8. Canidae
  9. Canine
  10. Carnivores
  11. Countries
  12. Dogs
  13. Gonadectomy
  14. Human development
  15. Income
  16. Latin America
  17. Mammals
  18. open access
  19. Pets and companion animals
  20. Portugal
  21. Reproduction
  22. sex differences
  23. South America
  24. sterilization
  25. surgery
  26. United States of America
  27. vertebrates
  28. Veterinarians
  29. Veterinary surgery
  30. Zoology
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