Human–Pet Dynamics in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Anthrozoös Vol/Iss. 24 Taylor and Francis Ltd Published In Pages: 17-30
By Gray, Peter B., Young, Sharon M.


The function of pets will be cross-culturally different from the view of pets as playthings and emotional surrogates for children.


The results show that the most common function of dogs is for hunting purposes and rarely described as playthings. Cats are commonly used for vermin removal. Birds are the most commonly described as playthings.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Percentage comparisonsSupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Function of petsDependentDomesticated Animals