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Table 4 Attribute categories with value dimension and percentage of respondents mentioning each attribute

From: An empirical examination of the conceptualization of companion animals

  Attribute category Value dimensiona % of respondents in
dog questionnaire cat questionnaire
1 Companionship F 31% 18%
2 Family F 7% 2%
3 Friend F 35% 4%
4 Social interaction F 7% 1%
5 Relaxation F 2% 6%
6 Human health F 4% 4%
7 Physical activity F 14% 0%
8 Outdoor activities F 7% 0%
9 Leisure activities F 11% 0%
10 Services provided as working animals etc. F 6% 3%
11 Responsibility F 11% 5%
12 Demanding F 6% 3%
13 Nuisances F 5% 8%
14 Safe/unsafe E, F 9% 2%
15 Central in life E, F 5% 2%
16 Love E 35% 51%
17 Joy E 31% 11%
18 Enjoyable E 7% 14%
19 Loyalty A, E 24% 3%
20 Honesty A, E 3% 2%
21 Appearance A, E 3% 18%
22 Personality (including mentality) A, E 3% 56%
23 Intelligence A 4% 10%
24 Breeds & other traits A 5% 9%
25 Animal welfare A 2% 4%
  1. aF refers to the functional, E refers to the emotional and A refers to the abstract value dimension