Survey: Dog Moms Take their Roles Seriously!


What Kind of Dog Mom Are you?

Half of the women throughout America – many of which are choosing to delay marriage, home ownership, and real motherhood – own a dog.  While pet parenting may not be quite as demanding as child rearing, dog moms still view the role as much more than just an added responsibility.

So, with Mother’s Day (5/12) and National Dog Mom Day (5/11) approaching, the nation’s largest network of dog walkers and pet sitters, conducted a survey to uncover exactly how female dog owners view themselves and their maternal relationship with their pups. 

The results couldn’t be any clearer: dog moms take their roles seriously!  Here are some of the interesting findings:

  • 3 out of 4 female pet parents consider themselves “dog moms”

  • 45% of dog moms have referred to their dog as a “fur baby” or “fur kid”; 40% just call the dog their “baby”

    • Baby boomers are the most likely to refer to their dog as their best friend (40%)

  • 40% of female dog owners say they own dog mom apparel, and 17% say they don’t own any – but they want some!

  • Nearly half of the female dog owners celebrate their dog’s birthday (or other milestones), bring their dog with them on errands and shared an announcement on social media when they got their dog

  • 40% have stayed up at night to comfort a crying puppy

  • 24% have missed work to be home with a sick dog

  • 50% of dog moms gush about their dog when meeting other people

  • 62% said they take dozens of photos of their dog conducted a survey via SurveyMonkey in March 2019 with 1,000 U.S. female adult dog owners

Rover also created a fun quiz, identifying What Kind of Dog Mom Are You?  and Nicole Ellis, Pet Expert and Certified Dog Trainer, shared her 25 Perfect Dog Mom Gifts for 2019.

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