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Would You Own a Dog Instead of Having a Baby?

14 April 2014

ANALYSIS - It may seem incomparable, but new research suggests more and more women in the US are choosing to own dogs rather than have children, writes Gemma Hyland.

We often say pets are part of the family and research by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that decreasing numbers of babies being born to 15-29 year-old women coincides with an increase of women owning dogs.

Theories for this data suggests women putting off marriage until their thirties have boosted the increase of small dog ownership - dogs who weigh less than 20lbs like terriers and chihuahuas - amongst young women.

In Japan the birthrate has been plummeting for some years, while the pet industry is estimated to be worth around $10 billion.

Official estimates put the pet population in Japan at 22 million or more, but there are only 16.6 million children under 15.

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Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor



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