Do you own an Australian Shepard, Border Collie, or Corgi? According to a new poll, you might just own America’s most spoiled dog.
A full sixty percent of the 2,000 dog owners surveyed swear that they own the “world’s most spoiled dog”. One common link: two-thirds of them are talking about a herding dog, like the three named above.
Non-sporting dogs like Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, and Shiba Inus came in second place for the nation’s most luxuriated breeds, earning 64% of the vote. In third place with 59% are terrier breeds like Russell terriers, Scottish Terriers, and Staffordshire Terriers.
Similarly, 79% of herding dog owners claimed their dogs live like royalty at home. An overwhelming majority (96%) said they spoil their pets in a wide variety of ways and 37% treat their dogs so well, they’d take the chance to switch bodies with their pups for a day if they could.
When asked what they would do for that day, respondents said they’d play all day long (47%), sleep in until noon (42%) and sleep where they usually wouldn’t be allowed to (37%).
People’s penchant for giving their dogs a life of luxury can be explained by four in five who treat and talk to their dogs as if they were human. Many talk to them as if they were children (32%), and others speak as if they were babies or adults (18% for each). Many dogs get treated to meals being prepared by hand in the kitchen.
Commissioned by Solid Gold and conducted by OnePoll, the random double-opt-in survey found two-thirds of terrier owners love giving their dogs extra treats throughout the day, while 29% of toy breed owners love to serve their pups the finest bottled or filtered water in their bowl.
A third of women (32%) admit they likely treat their dogs more luxuriously than themselves, and another third treat them better than their kids and significant others (16%).
“While most of us would claim that our dog was ‘the most’ spoiled, there is a trend towards the smaller breeds being the ones who are most pampered,” said Yvethe Tiszka. Vice president of Solid Gold’s marketing.
Ahead of Mother’s Day, the survey also revealed the “dog mom” persona, honored by 75% of women surveyed. They believe dog moms should be celebrated on Mother’s Day–just as much as human moms.
The challenge is convincing their furry babies, who are so used to being spoilt themselves, to turn the tables this Sunday and show their dog moms extra love and affection.