Recent findings suggest women are the ones behind all that puppy love.
The four-month long survey conducted by PawClub has found that of the 80 000 women surveyed, over 80 per cent spend more on their dog than on their partner.
Only 63 per cent of males were found to do the same, suggesting that men don’t quite embrace their dog-devotion to the same extreme.
Whilst Australia’s dog and cat population is declining, the amount of money that we spend on our pets is continuing to rise. In 2009 alone, the Australian Companion Animal Council reported that almost $3.6 billion was spent on dogs, with more than $1.1 billion of that spent in NSW and the ACT.
This extreme of puppy love is also reflected in the amount of time that women spend on caring for their dogs, with 77 per cent of women admitting that they spend more time on their dogs than their partner. Of those, 23 per cent admitting to spending more time on their dog than their partner and family combined.
Such figures suggest that our four-legged friends are well cared for in Australia, but as leading vet and media personality Dr Michael Archinal points out, such expenditure is not necessarily reflected in the physical health of dogs.
“It is important that dog owners don’t get too carried away with the superficial care of their pet and remember that money can’t buy love,” said Dr Archinal. “Dog owners need to keep their companion fit and healthy. The benefits of walking and socialising a dog cannot be underestimated.”
Dr Archinal said that the survey was “a great eye opener into how Australians are caring for their pets and where they are focusing their attention.”
Are you guilty of spending more time on your pooch than your other loved one? To find out the breakdown of puppy love in your area, visit www.heartyourdog.com.au
By Laura Parr