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Are women more apt to buy a dog than a man?

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There have not been many studies on the gender of dog owners, however, the Kennel Club in Britain found that women are twice as likely to own dogs as men. The studies pointed that 40 percent of the dogs with pedigrees in Britain were registered to women and that there were approximately 20 percent registered to men.

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The rest of the dogs with pedigrees that were registered with the Kennel Club were registered to couples. Interestingly, the study showed that women owned more dogs than men in most of the larger breeds as well as the smaller breeds including German shepherds, Dobermans, Saint Bernards, Dalmatians and Labrador retrievers. Data also showed that women in relationships or in families are also usually the ones who choose the breed of the dog, as well as when to get a dog.

The researchers in the study speculated that the reason for this abundance of women owners was due to the newer social environment where women often marry later in life and choose to either not have children or to have them later in life. A dog provides a person with an extra source of companionship, which women seem to crave just as much if not more than men.

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