2017 Data on Dog Owners

Updated: Dec 5, 2018

Surveys were conducted by Rover.com between 2015 and 2017. In addition to those surveys, data from 2011 publications, such as the Journal of Physical Activity and Health and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, paints a picture of modern day dog ownership. Rover.com has compiled this information together in an infographic found below.

“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.

With over 54 million US households with a dog, it's no wonder why our society is shifting to a perspective that dogs are more than just pets...they are now part of the family.

Here are some stats from the infographic that I thought were interesting about dog moms & dads:

  • 24% make up songs to sing to their dogs.

  • 29% share more pictures of their dog than of friends and family.

  • 54% will consider ending their relationship if their dog doesn't like their partner.

  • 25% have taken their pet on a date.

  • 47% of pet parents that have a significant other find it harder to leave their dog for a week than their human companion.

  • 56% will say hello to their dog first when they come home, before talking to anybody else.

  • 78% will include their furry friend in holiday cards, marriage proposals, and on family vacations.

  • 88% will go to great lengths to make sure their dog isn't lonely when they leave the house, like turning on the radio/TV or getting a 2nd pet.

  • 56% have celebrated their dog's birthday.

  • A whopping 75% will use photos and videos of their dog or other dogs as a mood lifter.

  • Leisure time and physical activity increased to approximately 70% as a result of dog ownership.

See any other interesting stats? Comment below on your favorite! 🐶



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