A third of French households have a dog, according to a survey

Among the French who do not have a dog, 21% say they want to adopt one, reveals the first barometer “Dogs and the French”.

84% of French people love dogs! In a country with more than 7.5 million specimens, man’s best friend is present in 33% of homes, revealed Wednesday the results of the first barometer “Dogs and the French”, conducted by the CSA institute. on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the Centrale Canine.

Among dog owners, 85% of whom consider it a full-fledged member of the family, three-quarters of them cannot imagine living without this animal and a third are even considering adopting another. As for those who do not have one, 21% of respondents say they “intend to adopt one”.

Why do humans love dogs?

Today essential pet, the status of the dog has evolved in a few decades. “If for centuries, the dog proved to be the essential utilitarian auxiliary of Homo Sapiens for the keepthe hunt even war, today far from being taboo, the unconditional love that masters have for their dogs is assumed and widely claimed by 9 out of 10 people.commented sociologist Christophe Blanchard on Wednesday during a press conference in Paris.

“People often need emotional compensation and the dog is an emotional sponge. It’s a return on investment.”he explained.

But for future buyers, “there are blockages linked to this acquisition in anticipation of the animal death who is part of the family”, according to him. The other barriers cited by respondents are: no longer being able to go on vacation or weekends easily, the animal’s need for space, barking and the cost of food and care.

Why do you want a dog?

The French attribute to their dog qualities such as fidelity, loyalty and courage, “So many virtues that you don’t find with your neighbour. In an increasingly individualistic society, the dog is the living being that will not disappoint us”he says.

Vector of social bond, the dog is also a mediator on the outside world for the fragile and vulnerable people.

Another lesson from this survey: nearly 4 out of 10 French people would like dogs to be more accepted in their workplace. Today, only 7% of employers allow it. A figure that rises to 19% when it comes to small dogs.

Do the French choose pedigree dogs?

Unbeatable since 2018, the Australian shepherd is still the favorite breed of the French. Heiko / stock.adobe.com

Nearly one in two owners declares having a purebred dog (registered with the LOF or has a pedigree). They are mostly medium-sized dogs (47%), that is to say between 10 and 30 kg (Australian shepherd, border collie, golden retriever, husky, etc.)

The French choose the breed of their dog first according to character, then to size and finally to appearance.

Other information: 37% of dog owners say they also have one or more cats in their household.

La Centrale Canine, an organization recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture to manage the canine genealogical book (LOF, Book of Origins) is organizing the “European Dog Show 2022” from April 22 to 24 at the Parc des Expositions Paris-Nord Villepinte, where 17,000 dogs from 54 countries are in the running for the title of “Europe’s most beautiful dog”.

Survey conducted from December 14 to 20, 2021 by the CSA polling institute for the Centrale Canine with a representative national sample of 1,006 French people aged 18 and over.

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