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Animals, Volume 9, Issue 4 (April 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Dogs are popular pets in many parts of the world, but the factors that influence owners’ decisions [...] Read more. Dogs are popular pets in many parts of the world, but the factors that influence owners’ decisions in the process of acquiring a dog are not fully understood. It is important that this process is investigated because the practices involved in the breeding and acquisition of pet dogs are linked, in various ways, to the health and welfare of these animals. For instance, many dogs are relinquished due to the owners’ lack of appreciation of the time and costs involved in dog ownership. This review collates the evidence regarding the most frequently reported factors associated with the motivations and behavior of dog owners involved in the process of dog acquisition, including the dog’s physical appearance and behavior, fashion trends, and previous ownership experience. This paper will aid prospective dog owners and stakeholders in the canine welfare sector. View this paper.