Department of Adult Education, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, England.
Social Behaviour in a Colony of Domestic Guinea Pigs: Aggression and Dominance
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1978 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 46, Issue 2, pages 200–214, January-December 1978
How to Cite
Berryman, J. C. (1978), Social Behaviour in a Colony of Domestic Guinea Pigs: Aggression and Dominance. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 46: 200–214. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1978.tb01445.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- April 9, 1977; May 10, 1977
Social behaviour, particularly dominance behaviour, in a colony of domestic guinea pigs was investigated. Observations were of four different types, (1) daily observations on the whole group; (2) interactions between pairs of ♂♂ (in all possible combinations) were recorded when competing over a single water source; (3) interactions between all the ♂♂ in the group observed together at a single water source; (4) as (2) but in the absence of water, in order to observe fighting. It was hoped that the study would demonstrate the extent to which a hierarchial structure, if one such existed, was consistent in different social contexts.