A recent article in The Telegraph has reported that new figures have shown that twice as many pedigree dogs are owned by women than men. 40% of England’s pedigrees are registered to women in comparison to a mere 21% of those registered to men, with the remainder recorded as having joint owners.
Even some traditional working dogs that have, in the past, perhaps been associated more with men such as golden retrievers and Labradors now have more female owners, with 42% of golden retriever dogs being claimed by women compared to 16% by men, and female Labrador owners taking 34% in comparison to men’s 25%. Famous actresses such as Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway are well known for owning these breeds.
The Kennel Club believes that this trend could be due to the fact that dogs are now seen more as companions than for work. The secretary of the Kennel club Caroline Kisko told The Telegraph “Dog owning has traditionally been seen as quite a male thing” referring to the fact that throughout history, dogs have often been used for working by the side of men rather than women, and continued “but we have changed and our lifestyles have changed.
On the whole, our dogs don’t work anymore. They are for companionship, and there has been a trend to have smaller ones that are easier to handle, and can live in cities and these are the animals that women now tend to own.”
The Kennel Clubs research confirms some stereotypes, for example ‘macho breeds’ such as bull terriers, Dogue de Boreaux and Akitas are mainly registered to men, whilst smaller ‘handbag’ dogs such as poodles, Chihuahuas and pugs being registered to women.
More surprising findings however suggest that larger breeds such as German shepherds, Great Danes and dobermanns are more likely to have female owners.
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