In fact, a survey by dog and cat food brand Edgard & Cooper found that nearly half of those surveyed treat the dog like a child. A quarter of the animals sleep in bed with their owner (or another family member) and about 15% take the dog with them in the shower or bath.
Women under the age of 30 also indicate that they would like to buy clothes for their dogs. And as soon as it is allowed again, almost half of the dog owners plan to take their dog on vacation.
Almost all dog owners see the dog as a fully-fledged part of the family. When they return home, half greet the four-legged friend first and then the other housemates.
In addition, 8 out of 10 owners say that the dog can cheer them up when they feel bad.
Remarkable: 1 in 3 Dutch people has more photos of the dog than of family members or friends on the computer or in their phone.
The animals are also popular on social media: more than 30% of dog owners have their dog visible on their profile picture and 10% of the dogs have their own social media account.
When it comes to nutrition, dog owners are very serious. Seven in ten people say they first do extensive research into the best dog food for their beloved pet. Just under 80% find the ingredients and composition of the dog food more important than the price.
Many dogs eat and snack at the same time as the rest of the family. They also get snacks or leftovers from the regular dinner. To really spoil dogs, bones, steak and bananas (with or without peanut butter) are regularly treated.
The Edgard & Cooper study also shows that the vast majority of people spend a lot of time outside with their dogs; more than 80% of the four-legged friends are taken out daily for an hour or more.
Since we are more at home due to corona, the number of dog owners has been growing steadily. 1 in 5 Dutch households now have a dog. This increased the dog population in the Netherlands from 1.7 million in 2019 to 1.9 million in 2020.
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