Sixty-five percent of dogs sleep in their owners’ bedrooms; almost three-quarters are allowed on the bed, and nearly half sleep in the sheets.
The 2022 Great Australian Dog Survey has also revealed that cavoodles are our most popular dog breed, and Luna is the most common name for dogs.
Aussies are also happy to splash the cash on their pups, with 74 percent purchasing their dog for more than $1000.
And two in three owners would like to take their pup on an overseas holiday. So Australian dog food company Scratch surveyed the owners of 12,700 dogs to dig up dirt on attitudes towards man’s best friend.
The survey found that Aussie dog owners (around 40 percent of the population) are becoming less interested in having kids, with 1 in 3 respondents (37 percent) desiring children less since becoming dog owners. That was up from 33 percent in 2020.
Dogs are also genuinely a crucial part of Aussie families.
Half of all dog owners (50 percent) say it’s been harder to cope with losing their dog than it has been when losing a human. More than half of all dog owners would take a pay cut if it meant spending more time with their furry friends, and one in three (35 percent) have negotiated to work from home to spend more time with their pups.
Just over half of respondents say that their workplace isn’t dog-friendly.
The pandemic had had a big impact on dogs and their owners:
- 5 percent of respondents had a dog join the family in the past two years
- COVID influenced the decision of 36 percent of those
- 12 percent of them sometimes regret it
- 19 percent of the dogs were rescued, and 58 percent were brought home from a breeder
The top 10 dog names were: 1. Luna, 2. Charlie, 3. Bella, 4. Buddy, 5. Ruby, 6. Frankie, 7. Bella, 8. Archie, 9. Molly, 10. Daisy. The most popular dog breeds were: 1. cavoodle, 2. Labrador Retriever, 3. Greyhound, 4. Border Collie, 5. Golden Retriever, 6. Goldendoodle, 7. Labradoodle, 8. German Shepherd, 9. English Staffordshire, 10. Bull Terrier.
Scratch co-founder and CEO Mike Halligan said it commissioned its first Great Aussie Dog Survey in 2020. “A lot has changed in society since then, so we wanted to follow up and find out how the lives of Aussie dogs have changed. The results have left us laughing, crying, and scratching our heads,” he said.