Dog Survey Results as of 6/28/02
Raw Statistics

Aggressive dog stats 3/10/01

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Q1) Where did you get the dog? (note1) . . . . . . . .
Breeder Shelter or Rescue Friend or Relative Advertisement Pet Store Stray Dumped onto Respondent Own Bred Puppy Other No response to this question Total
76 104 70 50 20 30 1 10 24 0 385
20% 27% 18% 13% 5% 8% <1% 3% 6% 0 .

 
Q2) Why did you get the dog? . . . ..
Companion For the kids Felt sorry for the dog One of my dog's puppies Protection Gift Knew a similar dog
176 41 58 8 7 23 21
46% 11% 15% 2% 2% 6% 6%
. . . . . . .
Saw a similar dog in a movie or TV show Show Working Other No response to this question Total .
4 2 2 39 4 385 .
1% <1% <1% 10% 1% . .

 
Q3) Were you interviewed beyond a few questions? (45 minutes, more than or less than) (Note 2) . .
Not Interviewed Interviewed less than 45 minutes Interviewed more than 45 minutes No response to this question Total
223 68 35 59 385
68% 21% 11% 15% .

 
Q4A) What kind of dog? (Note 3) . . . .
Purebred Mix Don't Know No response to this question Total
206 148 28 3 385
54% 39% 7% <1% .

 
Q4B) How much did the dog weigh when you gave him up? (in pounds) (note 4) . . .
Under 25 lbs Over 25 lbs Over 50 lbs Over 75 lbs No response to this question Total ([<25] + [> 25] + no response) Average Weight
84 273 134 57 28 385 47.83
24% 76% 38% 16% 7% . ..

 
Q5) How old was the dog when you got the dog? . . .
1 year or under Over 1 year No response to this question Total  Average Age
284 90 11 385 1.06
76% 24% 3% . .

 
Q6) Did you meet any of the dog's parents? . . .
Met one parent Met both parents Met none No response to this question Total 
43 96 245 1 385
11% 25% 64% <1% .

 
Q7) Where the dog's parents deliberately bred together? . . .
Yes No Don't Know No response to this question Total
122 50 212 1 385
32% 13% 55% <1% .

 
Q8) Did you complete an Obedience Class with your dog? . . .
Yes Did not complete No No response to this question Total Incomplete + No
(not added to total)
99 26 259 1 385 285
26% 7% 67% <1% . 74%

 
Q9) Was the dog spayed or neutered? . . .
Yes No No response to this question Total
232 150 3 385
61% 39% <1% .

 
Q10) Choose which best describes your dog's living situation with you: . . . .
Run of the house Limited areas of the house Backyard Dog Run In house only at night Other No response to this question Total
224 56 44 9 23 29 0 385
58% 15% 11% 2% 6% 8% 0 .

 
Q11) How old was the dog when you gave him or her up?  . . .
2 years or Under Over 2 years No response to this question Total Average Age
191 159 35 385 3.06
55% 45% 9% . .

 
Q12) Where did you take the dog? (note 5) . . . . . . .
Shelter or rescue Friend or relative Returned dog to orig source Euthanized Gave away with an ad Sold Turned loose Other No response to this question Total
138 92 14 66 44 13 5 11 2 385
36% 24% 4% 17% 11% 3% 1% 3% <1% .

 
Q13) Do you know for certain what happened to the dog?  . . .
Yes - Happy Ending Yes - Not Happy Ending Don't Know for Certain No response to this question Total Not happy ending + Don't know
169 82 113 21 385 195
46% 23% 31% 5% . 51%

 
Q14) What was your age range when you got the dog?  (note 6) . . . .
Under 20 20-30 30-40 40-50 50-60 Over 60 No response to this question Total
92 130 107 41 14 1 0 385
24% 34% 28% 11% 4% <1% 0 .

 
Q15) Why did you give up your dog?  (note 7) . . . . .
Unspecified Aggression Aggression to other animals Aggression to Humans Livestock Preying No Time Can't Contain Dog Moving Not Housbroken Divorce or breakup
14 35 77 16 30 21 68 10 12
4% 9% 20% 4% 8% 5% 18% 3% 3%
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Dog's Health Problems Allergic to Dog and Other owner health problems Impounded by Animal Control New Baby or Spouse Noise Other No response to this question Total All aggression
(not incl preying)
20 9 1 8 6 57 1 385 126
5% 2% <1% 2% 2% 15% <1% . 33%

 
Q16) Did the person, organization, or business that you got the dog from try to give you any help with the problem that caused you to give up the dog?
Yes No Didn't ask No response to this question Total
50 142 152 41 385
15% 41% 44% 11% .

 
Q17) Did you get another dog within one year?  . .
Yes No No response to this question Total
158 183 44 385
46% 48% 11% .

 
Q18) Were you able to keep that next dog? (note 8) . .
Yes No No response to this question Total
139 31 215 385
82% 31% 56% .

 
Q19) How many dogs have you had that you couldn't keep?  . .
Gave up one dog Gave up more than one dog No response to this question Total Average Number of Dogs given up
220 136 29 385 1.67 
62% 38% 8% . .

 
Q20A) Does your locality have a leash law? . . .
Yes No Don't Know No response to this question Total
285 43 48 9 385
76% 11% 13% 2% .

 
Q20B) Does your locality have a license requirement? . .
Yes No Don't Know No response to this question Total
287 49 37 12 385
77% 13% 10% 3% .

Note 1:
Dogs from a breeder or pet store will usually go into their first homes, and dogs from a shelter or rescue, found in an ad, or from a friend or relative as well as most strays will usually be going into their second, or subsequent, homes

Note 2:
It is noted that in some cases no interview is necessary, for those who know each other well to begin with. But the original survey didn't list this as a choice. As an estimate, answers from people who got their dogs from friends or relatives will be subtracted and totals corrected in the next update.

Note 3:
Breed breakdowns still to be done.

Note 4:
This will add up to over 100% since larger dogs are being counted more than once. This will be redone on next update.

Note 5:
There is a possible error of 7 on "other": added sold, returned, and advertised to survey 9/24/99

Note 6:
It is possible that younger people are more likely to be on the internet and see the survey.

Note 7:
Possible errors of 13 in unspecified aggr, added animal, human, and prey to survey 9/24/99
Possible error of 6 in other, added divorce, noise, health and allergies 9/24

Note 8:
This may have more responses than people who got dogs within next year. I think people are answering when the next dog may have not been aquired during that next year.