Each year the earth grows older, and each year we realize the human species kind of sucks and the canine species is awesome. Dogs rule and humans drool. You may think I’m just obsessed with my dog and I don’t know what I’m talking about, but according to a brand new study from Rover.com, humans prefer dogs. Oh yes, you better believe we like this news. If I had to choose between my friends and my dog, I’m sorry my friends but I would choose my dog—seriously. Here’s the scoop.
Rover.com recently conducted a study regarding humans and their pets. The report includes thousands of responses from dog owners across America and research on the relationships between pet parents and their dogs. The data showed that humans no longer consider their dogs to be only pets; they view their dogs as companions and friends. It’s a relationship that’s evolved from ownerships to kinship.
“Young Americans are less likely to be homeowners or parents than previous generations, but one category they lead in, is pet ownership. They shower their dogs with attention and splurge on expensive gifts because their dog is their best friend, and they want to be their dog’s best friend too,” said Brandie Gonzales, pet lifestyle expert for Rover.
According to the study, there are 54 million households with a dog in the United States and the number won’t stop growing! People are embracing the love and obsession over our dogs because it brings everyone joy. Thanks to this new social trend, humans are starting to treat their dogs like members of the family. The human population likes the accompaniment of dogs so we typically travel with our dogs everywhere.
Here are some statistics from the study:
A Dog’s Role in Romance
- One in four pet parents have brought their pet on a date.
- Most dog people (65 percent) admitted to taking more photos of their dog than their significant other!
- Almost half (47 percent) of those with a significant other admit they’d find it harder to leave their dog for a week than their human partner.
Love for Our Dogs
- Most dog owners (88 percent) have done things to make sure their dog doesn’t get lonely when home alone, including leaving the TV on or getting a second pet.
- One in three pet parents have shed a tear when leaving their dog at home.
- The majority of dog owners (56 percent) have celebrated their dog’s birthday.
The following info graphic explains dog statistics, psychoanalysis, how we spoil our furry friends, the perks of dog ownership, and how dog love is a force to be reckoned with.
How do you feel about your dog? Would you pick your dog before your family? What about your friends? Are you the type of person that dresses your dog up in human clothes and parades them around town? If so, remember that’s normal human behavior in the 21st century. Now that you know, statistically speaking, America is obsessed with dogs so we can all go back to obsessively watching/creating/sharing dog videos now. Bye!
(The info graphic is attached to this document at the bottom of the page)