Les a priori de race influencent-ils les noms donnés aux chiens ? (Master 1 : Biologie agronomie santé, Spécialité comportement animal et humain CAH. Rennes 1)

  • Océane PERROCHEAU

Student thesis: Master typesMaster in Philosophy

Abstract

Does breed a priori influence name giving to pet-dogs? The dog is the first domesticated animal, and he is now a popular pet. However, the Canis lupus familiaris species contains many breeds which are not all appreciated by people due to their physical and media coverage. Highly anthropomorphized, the dog receives as a child does, a name which he will learn to respond to. The human's name represents his identity. It is pertinent to ask whether the dog's name is chosen according to what makes him different, that is to say his breed. Thus this paper analyzes the choice of names given by men and women students or workers, to small and large breed dogs (Labrador, American Staffordshire terrier terrier (Amstaff), Jack Russel and West Highland terrier), in order to identify the potential influence of a breed a priori on this choice. Results confirm the existence of racial a priori, Amstaff is negatively perceived, while Jack Russell is considered to be positive. Name choice within breeds depends on the respondents category and gender, as most female students called the Labrador Zara. However it was not possible to highlight an influence of the breeds a priori upon the name choice even if some names were seen to be linked to one particular breed, as the Labrador Sam or the Amstaff Tyson or Rambo. Keywords: affect, names, stereotype.
Date of Award2011
Original languageFrench
SupervisorClaire Diederich (Supervisor)

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Les a priori de race influencent-ils les noms donnés aux chiens ? (Master 1 : Biologie agronomie santé, Spécialité comportement animal et humain CAH. Rennes 1)
PERROCHEAU, O. (Author). 2011

Student thesis: Master typesMaster in Philosophy