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Table 1 Multivariable logistic regression modelling of reasons why owners wanted to purchase a dog (n = 6281), with comparisons between designer crossbreed puppy owners (n = 1568) and purebred puppy owners (n = 4713) in the UK. Significant associations (p <  0.05) are emboldened. aFootnote

From: How much is that doodle in the window? Exploring motivations and behaviours of UK owners acquiring designer crossbreed dogs (2019-2020)

Reason for wanting to purchase a dog (n = 6281) Designer crossbred % (n = 1568) Purebred % (n = 4713) Odds Ratio 95% CIb p value
Companionship for myself 68.1 63.5 1.23 1.06-1.42 0.006
To encourage myself/my family to walk and exercise 63.3 48.1 1.52 1.32-1.74 <  0.001
To improve my/my family’s mental health 55.2 40.6 1.54 1.34-1.77 <  0.001
Companionship for other adult(s) in my household 38.7 35.2 1.06 0.92-1.21 0.421
Companionship for my children 30.7 19.8 1.28 1.02-1.59 0.032
To keep me/my family busy 26.9 21.9 1.16 0.10-1.36 0.052
Due to the loss of a previous dog in my household 20.7 32.4 0.76 0.63-0.91 0.002
Companionship for my other dog(s) 12.4 25.1 0.67 0.55 – 0.82 <  0.001
As a working dog for a specific role (e.g., gundog, security, sniffer/tracking, herding, medical detection, assistance/therapy dog) 3.70 10.4 0.45 0.32-0.61 <  0.001
For a specific non-working role (e.g., dog sports, showing, etc.) 1.02 6.98 0.21 0.12-0.37 <  0.001
  1. aFixed covariables used in this model were owner age, UK region, acquisition year (2019 or 2020), whether children were present in the household and whether the owner had prior dog ownership experience
  2. bConfidence interval