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  1. Variance in Stallion Semen Quality among Equestrian Sporting Disciplines and Competition Levels

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    | Contributor(s):: Megan Wilson, Jess Williams, V. Tamara Montrose, Jane Williams

    Most stallions within breeding programmes are expected to breed and compete concurrently. The exercising of stallions with regards to training regimes during the breeding season is a controversial subject. Daily exercise at low intensities is important for the mental and reproductive well-being...

  2. Simulations reveal the power and peril of artificial breeding sites for monitoring and managing animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Christopher J. W. McClure, Benjamin P. Pauli, Julie A. Heath

    Despite common use, the efficacy of artificial breeding sites (e.g., nest boxes, bat houses, artificial burrows) as tools for monitoring and managing animals depends on the demography of target populations and availability of natural sites. Yet, the conditions enabling artificial breeding sites...

  3. Εκτρέφοντας κτήνη: αλληλεπίδραση ζώων και ανθρώπων στις παρυφές της Πίνδου

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    | Contributor(s):: Georgia Doutsi

  4. Breed Group Effects on Complaints about Canine Welfare Made to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Queensland, Australia

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    | Contributor(s):: Hao Yu Shih, Mandy B. A. Paterson, Clive J. C. Phillips

    Cruelty- and neglect-related canine welfare concerns are important welfare and social issues. Dog breed has been identified as a risk factor for bad welfare, and yet its role in different types of canine welfare concerns has not been fully investigated. We conducted a retrospective study of...

  5. Health and Happiness: Dogs and Their Therapeutic Value

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    | Contributor(s):: Gabrielle Marie McKeon

    About two years ago, I was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder. That, along with my life-long love of dogs, stirred my interest in their therapeutic value. Being around dogs promotes safe and calm feelings; just the sight of them brings a smile and a feeling of peace and happiness....

  6. Encounters with a canine other: performing domestication in transnational animal rescue and rehoming

    | Contributor(s):: Schuurman, Nora

  7. Investigation of the behavioral characteristics of dogs purpose-bred and prepared to perform Vapor Wake detection of person-borne explosives

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    | Contributor(s):: Lazarowski, L., Haney, P. S., Brock, J., Fischer, T., Rogers, B., Angle, C., Katz, J. S., Waggoner, L. P.

    Specialized detector dogs are increasingly being utilized for the detection of modern threats. The Vapor Wake® (VW) dog was developed to create a dog phenotype ideally suited for detecting hand-carried and body-worn explosives. VW dogs (VWDs) are trained to sample and alert to...

  8. Protein expression and genetic variability of canine Can f 1 in golden and Labrador retriever service dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Breitenbuecher, C., Belanger, J. M., Levy, K., Mundell, P., Fates, V., Gershony, L., Famula, T. R., Oberbauer, A. M.

    Background: Valued for trainability in diverse tasks, dogs are the primary service animal used to assist individuals with disabilities. Despite their utility, many people in need of service dogs are sensitive to the primary dog allergen, Can f 1, encoded by the Lipocalin 1 gene (LCN1). Several...

  9. Assessing the behaviour, welfare and husbandry of mouse deer (Tragulus spp.) in European zoos

    | Contributor(s):: Lemos de Figueiredo, Ricardo, Hartley, Matthew, Fletcher, Alison W.

  10. Population Structure Analysis of the Border Collie Dog Breed in Hungary

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    | Contributor(s):: Virág Ács, Árpád Bokor, István Nagy

    Pedigree data of the Border Collie dog breed were collected in Hungary to examine genetic diversity within the breed and its different lines. The database was based on available herd books dating from the development of the breed (in the late 1800s) to the present day. The constructed pedigree...

  11. Assessment of living conditions in wild boars by analysis of oxidative stress markers

    | Contributor(s):: Esposito, Luigi, Tafuri, Simona, Cocchia, Natascia, Fasanelli, Roberto, Piscopo, Nadia, Lamagna, Barbara, Eguren, Vincente, Amici, Andrea, Iorio, Eugenio Luigi, Ciani, Francesca

  12. White Collies, Beauty or Genetic Defect Regulation and Breeding, 1870-2013

    | Contributor(s):: Derry, M.

  13. Assessment of emotional predisposition in dogs using PANAS (Positive and Negative Activation Scale) and associated relationships in a sample of dogs from Brazil

    | Contributor(s):: Savalli, C., Albuquerque, N., Vasconcellos, A. S., Ramos, D., de Mello, F. T., Mills, D. S.

  14. Behavioural responses of two breeds of domestic chicks to feed and alarm call playback

    | Contributor(s):: Iyasere, Oluwaseun S., Durosaro, Samuel O., Oke, Oyegunle E., Omotosho, Tolulope F., Salako, Mojisola A., Oyeniran, Victor J., Oyetunji, Damilola E., Daramola, James O.

    The aim of this study was to determine breed differences in the behavioural responses of two domestic chicks to feed and alarm playback calls. Thirty two (32) each of Nigerian indigenous chicks (NIC) and commercial broiler chicks (CBC) of the same age group (a day old) were divided into four...

  15. Come for the looks, stay for the personality? A mixed methods investigation of reacquisition and owner recommendation of Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs

    | Contributor(s):: Packer, R. M. A., O'Neill, D. G., Fletcher, F., Farnworth, M. J.

  16. Social Behavior of a Reproducing Pair of the Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) in Captivity

    | Contributor(s):: Wojciechowski, Filip J., Kaszycka, Katarzyna A., Řeháková, Milada

    Social interactions of the nocturnal primates are not well studied. One of the species for which social behavior is scarcely known is the Philippine tarsier (Tarsius [= Carlito] syrichta). We observed a reproducing pair of captive individuals over two mating seasons for two consecutive years. The...

  17. Battle of the Sexes in Best of Breed: Sex Influences Dogs' Success in the Show Ring

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    | Contributor(s):: Bethany J.Wilson, Alicia J. Kasbarian, Navneet Dhand, Paul D. McGreevy

    Much of the research on pedigree dog breeding has been directed towards understanding the implications of reduced genetic diversity and the prevalence of inherited disorders. An example is the potential role of the popular sire effect in perpetuating genetic defects. If male dogs are more...

  18. Significant Neuroanatomical Variation Among Domestic Dog Breeds

    | Contributor(s):: Hecht, E. E., Smaers, J. B., Dunn, W. D., Kent, M., Preuss, T. M., Gutman, D. A.

  19. Motivation of Owners to Purchase Pedigree Cats, with Specific Focus on the Acquisition of Brachycephalic Cats

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    | Contributor(s):: Liran Plitman, Petra Cern ˇ á, Mark J. Farnworth, Rowena M.A. Packer, Danièlle A. Gunn-Moore

    Background: Cats are globally popular pets and pedigree cats are increasingly prevalent, with brachycephalic breeds being the most registered breeds. How owners decide upon and acquire their cats is poorly understood. Moreover, there are growing concerns about the health and welfare of...

  20. The Status of Pet Rabbit Breeding and Online Sales in the UK: A Glimpse into an Otherwise Elusive Industry

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    | Contributor(s):: Emma M. Gosling, Jorge A. Vázquez-Diosdado, Naomi D. Harvey

    Conditions of pet rabbit breeding colonies and breeder practices are undocumented and very little is known about the pet rabbit sales market. Here, multiple methods were employed to investigate this sector of the UK pet industry. A freedom of information request sent to 10% of councils revealed...