It’s National Dog Day, (Fri 8/26) when you’re supposed to appreciate and spoil your pup . . . as if you weren’t already. Here are a few quick stats and facts to help celebrate . . .
1. 71% of us have had a dog at some point in our life. Only 56% have had a cat.
2. Purebred dogs are the most popular now. 39% say their most recent dog was purebred . . . 17% said a crossbreed, like Labradoodles . . . 23% said mutt . . . and 21% have no idea which category their dog falls into.
3. Americans are more than twice as likely to describe themselves as a “dog person” than a “cat person.” 49% said dog person . . . 21% said cat person . . . and around 30% don’t have a preference, or love both.
4. A survey of dog owners found the dogs that are most likely to misbehave when they’re home alone are greyhounds . . . Dalmatians . . . bulldogs . . . beagles . . . and Siberian huskies. Pomeranians and golden retrievers also made the top ten.
5. The five most common bad behaviors are chewing things like shoes and socks . . . going to the bathroom inside . . . stealing food . . . shredding any and all types of paper . . . and jumping up on things like the sofa, or your bed.
6. Here’s a weird one: A poll this week asked people to rank the best “wedding outfits” for dogs. Number one is a collar with a ring box, so they can be the ring bearer. A custom suit is next, then a bow tie, a floral collar, and a bandana.
7. Only 6% of us have a fear of dogs, but that’s still more than cats at 3%. The animals we’re most afraid of are snakes and spiders.
8. 86% of dog owners tell their dog “I love you” at least once a month.