What’s in a Name? Effect of Breed Perceptions & Labeling on Attractiveness, Adoptions & Length of Stay for Pit-Bull-Type Dogs
Columns represent mean values (with error bars for standard errors) on the 6-point Likert scale for each of the behavioral and adoptability characteristics for the pit bull when presented alone, with a rough adult male, elderly woman and male child.
Perceived intelligence improved in all handler conditions. Approachability, friendliness, and adoptability improved and aggressiveness was reduced with the elderly woman. Friendliness and adoptability improved while aggression and difficulty to train lessened with the male child. With the rough male, perceived friendliness decreased.