Finally. Actual empirical data to prove what I’ve been perpetuating my entire life: dogs are better than people. According to hundreds of pet owners nationwide, choosing between your dog and your in-law is a no brainer.
Here are the facts:
61% of pet parents would end a relationship for their pet. More than half of the participants would trust their dog’s judgement before their mother’s.
Over 1/4 of pet parents suspect their family prefers their pet to their significant other. This is likely to be because the dog knows that “approving” of your significant other really means they’ll be getting more attention from your parents.
Over 1/4 of pet parents have brought their dogs on a date. Those who didn’t make up the 61% who had to end a relationship for their pet.
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85% of pet parents are more likely to “swipe right” on a photo that included a dog. Everyone who does this expects to see the dog on the first date, obviously.
Over 1/4 of pet parents have planned a special date for themselves and their pet. Your dog won’t care if you already had brunch there last weekend. In fact, they don’t remember. Why bother trying new places when your dog will happily go to your favorite spot every single time?
95% of dog owners would rather spend the night at home cuddling with their dog than on a blind date. Because literally anything is more fun than a blind date.
56% of pet parents prefer to share the bed with their pet parent and their pet. Pretty sure this question was framed as “If you had to share your bed with your partner, would you want your dog cuddling between you two?”
Nearly 70% of dog owners would sacrifice “alone time” with a significant other for their dog. Netflix or dog beach? How is this a fair question? Cancel my Netflix subscription pls.
45% of pet parents spend more money on their pet than their partner every month. Dogs appreciate stuff way more than people, okay?
87% of pet parents would get their pet a Valentine’s Day gift. I.e. any holiday is a good excuse to watch your dog get excited over a new toy.
So there you have it. Answers from real life people that support what none of us are too shy to admit. We proudly put our dogs on a very deserved pedestal, high enough to show everyone who’s boss. Dog is life.
They say dogs are creatures of habit. Well, what do you do when your dog’s habits don’t jive with yours? Not every dog is meant for people who work a regular 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule. Some prefer do some extra activities, while some prefer to do some extra snoozin’! When it comes to these 15 breeds, pet parents will need to make some special considerations.
1. Great Pyrenees – These gentle giants were bred to serve as working dogs who protected livestock in the French mountains. And guess what? They prefer to work the grave yard shift. Blogger Kelsie McKenzie loves to write about her Great Pyrenees, Mauja and Atka, on her site It’s Dog Or Nothing. She says she’s thankful she had her dogs as pups so she could train them to sleep when she sleeps.
2. Komondor – Another working breed that is more of a night owl, the Hungarian-bred Komondor prefers to be up at night checking on the livestock (or the family). They’d rather snooze later. They also need lots of activity. If you don’t have a fenced-in yard for the Komondor, it will need several long walks a day.
3. Anatolian Shepherd – The Anatolian Shepherd is a Turkish working breed that was bred to guard livestock against predators. Especially nighttime predators. If allowed, the dog will be up all night. The good news is this Shepherd is adaptable, provided you’re willing to be consistent. And it’s easier to train them at a younger age. Even if they sleep at night, they don’t sleep heavy. They may also make the rounds at night. They also are pack animals and prefer to sleep where they can see everyone in your family, just in case.
4. Border Collie – Border Collies are known for being incredibly smart and active dogs, but if you live alone and work eight hours a day, you’ll have to work very hard to keep this dog relaxed. These dogs need lots of exercise, both mental and physical exercise.
5. Tibetan Mastiffs – Tibetan Mastiffs are… not for everyone. The Mastiff was bred as a nocturnal sentry for nomadic tribes and palaces alike. If this breed is not trained properly, the dog will bark at night at possible predators. And their bark is as big as they are.
7. Clumber Spaniel – The Clumber Spaniel is a sleepy breed. It will take naps and sleep through the night. But that doesn’t mean you can leave this dog alone all day while you go to work. Like other spaniels, the Clumber is very active and needs exercise.
8. German Shorthaired Pointer – The German Shorthaired Pointer is not an early riser, typically, but once this dog is up, they are UP. Bred as hunting dogs, they like to be active. Breed enthusiasts say this pointer should get at least two to three hours of exercise a day. They also don’t like to be left alone. So this pup may fit better into a “work-from-home” type of situation.
9. Belgian Malinois – The Belgian Malinois is bred for guard work, and they do their job well at all hours of the day. This breed may do door and window checks at night, and they are up with the sun. They also need lots of mental and physical stimulation, so if you work a long day, be prepared to come home and take the dog right back out for a good walk.
10. Maremmas – Another working dog bred to guard livestock, many Maremma enthusiasts will tell you that this Italian dog may not make the best house pet, particularly if the pet parent has not worked with a breed like this one before. It works better on a farm, and is very active at night.
11. Berger Picard – These French dogs are used to herding, so they like a lot of exercise. If you don’t have a yard, you should try to walk this dog at least three times a day, at least half an hour a day. A yard is better for them, though.
12. Kuvasz – This ancient Hungarian breed is a livestock guardian and was once highly-prized by Hungarian royalty. As such, they need a lot of exercise — not just a yard, but long walks. They also don’t like to be left alone for long stretches.
14. Caucasian Ovcharka – This powerful working dog was bred for livestock guarding around the Caspian Sea, and later throughout Russia. In the Soviet Union, the Ovcharka worked specifically as a guard dog in prisons and even on the Berlin Wall. They also can prefer to be active at night.
15. Armenian Gampr – The Gampr is a nocturnal livestock guarding breed that also likes to patrol at dawn and dusk, particularly between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. It’s a dog breed you can bring into your home, but does best out on a farm. This is an ancient breed that is also related to the Ovcharka.