Dog Owners Are Happier With Big Dogs....Especially Men and Young People


California, United States


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“What our study has found is that large dogs score higher in traits that are really important to most dog owners”, says Brett Hodges, owner/editor at RightPet. “People don't prefer large dogs per se – they like them more than small dogs because, in general, they’re more emotionally stable, trainable, and bark less.”

Why are dog owners happier with large dogs than small dogs? The RightPet study found a direct correlation between dog size satisfaction and the fact that dog owners rate bigger dogs as more emotionally stable, child-safe, trainable and less-barky than small dogs. 

The RightPet Pet Ownership Study found that:

1. Both men and women are happier owning large dogs than small dogs.

2. Men are significantly more satisfied with medium, large, and giant breeds, and less satisfied with toy and small dogs.

3. Younger people more strongly prefer large dogs than do older people.

4. Older people (around age 70) are equally satisfied with any dog size.

5. Experienced dog owners who have owned multiple dogs of different sizes report the greatest satisfaction with large dogs.

For the purposes of the study, each purebred dog breed was assigned to one of five size categories: toy, small, medium, large, and giant. Each mixed breed dog was assigned a size score based on 80% of the dog’s  primary breed, and 20% for its secondary breed (if any was identified).

The study on RightPet.com was conducted online between 2010 and 2018 and examined dog breed reviews from 12,167 pet owners from 106 countries. 75% of the reviews were of purebred dogs, and 25% were of mixed breeds.

Santa Barbara, California, October 1, 2018 — According to a new international survey, dog owners say they get more satisfaction owning large dogs than small dogs. This is especially true for men and young people.