Ethnic aspects of pet ownership. (Feel free to edit and add to)


I located two articles that discussed Ethnicity and its relationship to pet ownership. “The Animal – Human Bond and Ethnic Diversity” by Christina Risley-Curtiss, Lynn C. Holley, and ShapardWolf and “Demographics of Pet Ownership Among U.S. Adults 21 to 64 Years of Age” by Martin B.Marx, Lorann Stallones, Thomas F.Garrity, and Timothy P.Johnson. Both point out from the beginning that there is not a lot of research and that over all there is very little difference between different ethnicities when it comes to pet ownership in the U.S. Also both papers point out that the differences that do exist could be the result of social economic differences between ethnicities instead of being specific to the ethnicity itself.

In “The Animal Human Bond and Ethnic Diversity” white people were more likely to have a companion animal, rated their companion animals as significantly more important to them, and more likely to commit animal abuse. This article also cites a different study of African American and white veterinary students which found that 100 percent of the white students had companion animals compared to 86 percent of African American students. The white students were also more likely to sleep with their companion animals.

Christina Risley-Curtiss, Lynn C. Holley, and ShapardWolf. “The Animal – Human Bond and Ethnic Diversity” Social Work. Vol 51 Issue 3 (Jul2006) Pg 257-268. 12p

Martin B.Marx, Lorann Stallones, Thomas F.Garrity, and Timothy P.Johnson. “Demographics of Pet Ownership Among U.S. Adults 21 to 64 Years of Age” Anthrozoos A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People @ Animals (12/1987) Pg 33-37


Just like humans a pets breed determine its characteristics.  Like a pets characteristics mine is I have red hair, green eyes, mostly German, and tall; a pets characteristics are slightly different.  They are friendly, have lots of fur, hypo-allergenic, bark a lot, are good show animals, talk, and etc. Even with a animal that should have most of the same personality because they are the same breed can be different.  All Pets have their own distinct personality, just like humans.

Most people find a pet that they love and don’t care about what it’s breed is, but for pets their breed is really their race.  For dogs you have Poodles, Miniature Poodles, Toy Poodles, Labradors, Dalmatians, Rottweilers, etc. . All of these are breeds of pets that one can have, and of course they could mate between breeds (which we call them mutts or some breeds when mixed called Hybrid).

Hybrids are born when two purebreds are mixed.  A purebred is any dog who is not mixed with any other type of dog.  Example: To make a Labradoodle you would have a Labrador breed with a Poodle (standard size).  There is also called a First Generation, Second Generation, and Third Generation hybrids as well. That means that they are from 25% – 75% purebred or two hybrid dogs bred together.

Example: My dog Meeko and my mom’s dog Peanut are the same breed called a “Miniature Poodles’. Peanut is older than Meeko by 6 months, but their physical descriptions are slightly different and their personalities are way different.  Meeko is bigger by about 5 pounds and has black fur.  Peanut is smaller but has grey fur.  Peanut is quite, hates walking on hard wood floors, he will protect anyone that is in the house (although he only weighs 15 pounds), loves attention but does not like to cuddle.  Meeko is loud, jumps on everyone, loves to cuddle, and he doesn’t do well with kids his own size.

Their breed is their race, but it doesn’t define their character or some of their physical characteristics.



Different types of Poodles


Different types of Collies



Much in the same way that humans are categorized by ethnicity, dogs are categorized by breed. Dogs in America have been developed through many eras of crossbreeding and selection. People who intentionally select a specific dog breeds in order to facilitate mating between them are called dog breeders. This is of course much different from natural selection where they would breed naturally in the wild. Sadly, due to the demand of purebred dogs in America, puppy mills breed dogs in a ‘factory farm’ manner in which dogs are neglected and abused. They are often kenneled in small spaces with inadequate amenities. If they are no longer able to reproduce, they me be killed, abandoned or sold to questionable buyers looking to exploit the dogs further. On the bright side, many people are becoming aware of this practice and are turning to adopting dogs from rescue outfits. Often times ‘Muts’ which are a result of crossbreeding different breeds of dogs such as purebreds. The result actually often translates to a much healthier animal than the purebred dogs. For example, short faced breeds such as bulldogs and pugs commonly suffer from breathing difficulties, large dogs such as Great Danes suffer from joint problems, and the ever popular  Labradors Retrievers are prone to over 50 genetic disorders.

Jhonson, Jill. Dogs.” Cats, and Their People: The Place of the family and attitudes about pet keeping” Web. 12 June 2013


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