Pet Owners

Study finds dog owners are ‘happier with big dogs’

A new survey has found that dog owners get more satisfaction owning large dogs than small dogs.

The RightPet study surveyed 12,167 pet owners from 106 countries, 75% were purebred dogs, and 25% were of mixed breeds.

A RightPet found that both women and men are happier owning large dogs than small dogs, with men and younger people significantly more satisfied with medium, large, and giant breeds, and less satisfied with toy and small dogs.

Older people around age 70, were found to be equally satisfied with any dog size, while
dog owners with experience owning multiple dogs of different sizes report the greatest satisfaction with large dogs.

The study found a direct correlation between dog size satisfaction and the fact that dog owners rate bigger dogs as more emotionally stable, child-safe, trainable and less-barky than small dogs.

Brett Hodges, owner of RightPet, said: “What our study has found is that large dogs score higher in traits that are really important to most dog owners. People don’t prefer large dogs per se – they like them because, in general, they’re more even tempered, trainable, and quiet than small dogs – making them ‘best in home’.”

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