Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 5th Edition

By D. M. Broom and A. F. Fraser

Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 5th Edition PDF. Humans have a natural interest in animals; through a long history of domestication, they have become tools, a food source and even friends. Behaviour is a significant indicator of animal health and well-being, and understanding this behaviour is therefore the key to good management. Covering all aspects of animal behaviour and how this relates to welfare for companion animals, farm animals and farmed fish, this book reviews development, socialisation, locomotion, reproduction and more. It takes a comprehensive approach to the subject, including a section of chapters addressing common abnormal behaviours and reviewing some animals, such as rabbits, from both a pet and farm perspective.

Now in its fifth edition, Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare includes new chapters detailing the welfare of sheep, goats and exotic pets, and welfare in relation to genetic selection and modification. Animal behaviour and welfare sciences are now core topics for agriculture and veterinary students, with courses and research opportunities in this field growing world-wide. Fully updated and with new photographs, this indispensable textbook provides a student-friendly guide to the major themes of animal behaviour and welfare.

Table of Contents

Introduction and concepts.

Describing, recording and measuring behaviour.

Learning, cognition and behaviour development.


Evolution and optimality.

Welfare assessment.

Behaviour towards predators and social attackers; anti-predator strategies.


Locomotion and space occupied.


Spacing behaviour.

Rest and sleep.

General social behaviour.

Human-domestic animal interactions.

Seasonal and reproductive behaviour.

Sexual behaviour.

Fetal and parturient behaviour.

Maternal and neonatal behaviour.

Juvenile and play behaviour.

Handling, transport and humane control of domestic animals.

Stunning and slaughter.

Welfare and behaviour in relation to disease.

Abnormal behaviour 1: stereotypes.

Abnormal behaviour 2: self-directed and environment-directed.

Abnormal behaviour 3: addressed to another individual.

Abnormal behaviour 4: failure of function.

Abnormal behaviour 5: anomalous reactivity.

The welfare of cattle.

The welfare of sheep and goats.

The welfare of pigs.

The welfare of poultry.

The welfare of farmed and pet fish.

The welfare of animals kept for fur production.

The welfare of horses, other equids and other draught animals.

The welfare of farmed and pet rabbits.

The welfare of dogs.

The welfare of cats.

The welfare of other pet animals.

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