Parents prefer their dogs to their children, says this new study

Dogs really are a man (or woman)’s best friend. But for many of us, our pets can also be much, much more – and that’s a fact that has been proven by the latest research into our relationships with our furry friends.

A new study has revealed that a third of pet owners have admitted to preferring their pets to their own children. Yes, really!

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The research was conducted by pet food company I And Love And You who surveyed 2,000 pet parents and found that 34 per cent of parents value their their furry friends more than their children, saying that their pets are their ‘favourite child.’

The research also highlighted that 78 per cent of the participating pet owners considered their pets as a part of their family, while another 68 per cent said they view their pets as people. Additionally, a further 58 per cent admitted that their pets understand them better than their human best friends or romantic partner.

Lindsey Rabaut, Vice President of Marketing for I And Love And You commented on the study’s findings, saying: ‘Pets are more than just a companion, they love us unconditionally and make us want to be better people.’

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This isn’t the first study to highlight how much humans value their pets. Earlier this year, we reported that research had suggested that women get a much better night’s sleep next to their dogs than their partners.

A study titled ‘An Examination of Adult Women’s Sleep Quality and Sleep Routines in Relation to Pet Ownership and Bedsharing‘ came to the conclusion after examining 962 women living in the USA to see how pet ownership impacted their sleep.

Their results found that while cats and human partners were ‘disruptive’, dogs were dreamy companions to share a bed with. Surprised? Neither are we. Sloppy kisses and occasional wiggles are a small prize to pay for a peaceful night’s sleep. And before you ask, the study confirmed that the size of your dog is irrelevant.