DOG AS A FAMILY MEMBER
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39% of U.S. households own at least one dog
9 out of 10 dog owners consider their pet a family member
>14,000 years dogs have lived with humans
Furry family members
36% of dog owners give their dogs a present on birthday
16% bought a car or home with a dog in mind
53% of dog sleep with owner in bedroom
27% have taken family picture with their dog.
Dog comes to a family from:
30% shelter of resue
28% friend or relative
15% recognized breeder
9% pet store
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Dog owners health benefits
Lower Blood Pressure
Prevent heart disease
Lower health care costs
Sources: APFA National Pet Owners Survey, American Kennel Club, American Humane Association, Harris Poll online survey, database of Veterinary Pet Insurance, Humane Society of the United States, Mintel report, Riddle, Maxwell,
Dogs throughout History.
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