Survey: Big Or Small Dogs
Americans love owning pets. In fact, sixty eight percent of American households have companion pets ranging from dogs and cats to livestock animals and exotic fish.
When it comes to dogs, some are preferred over other dog breeds - such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Labradors; and what we learn is that size does matter.
Americans prefer large dogs over small dogs.
A survey conducted by "California-based pet care rating and recommendation website RightPet, was conducted online between 2010 and 2018, and examined 23,550 dog breed reviews from 12,167 pet owners from 106 countries." (VMDToday.com)
Here is what the data showed:
- Both men and women preferred large dogs - despite statistics showing that women prefer cats over dogs.
- Men and younger people are more satisfied with medium to large sized dogs. (Could be a complex?)
- Women like that dogs are kid-friendly companion pets.
- Older couples did not mind the size of the pet, but they preferred having one in their homes.
When thinking about pet adoption, it's best to consider your own lifestyle. Do you have kids or are you planning to have a family soon? Is the dog breed safe around children? Are you prepared to board dogs if planning weekend getaways and lengthy vacations? Can you handle high energy dogs?
These are all questions to ask to become a responsible dog owner.
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Why Pets Need Friends
Bonding with pets is something that every pet owner should do; but pets need time spent with other animals just like them. Think about it. While it's great to spend time with your parents, sometimes you crave a good night with good friends. This is why adopting pets is so important.
Adopting a dog or cat from an animal shelter or animal rescue gives animals a second chance at finding a forever home. With two dogs or two cats, they will become best friends and follow each other around yards. They will keep an eye out for one another and help keep them out of harm's way. They will also keep each other entertained and out of trouble. With two animals in the house, you will find that your dog will be more energetic; more fit; and happier.
This National Pet Month, consider adopting a second animal for your pet. While dogs are man's best friend, dogs also need a best friend for themselves.