There are many statistics about dogs and dog ownership, but today I want to cover 8 that every dog owner should know.
From puppyhood to death, these 8 statistics span the lifetime of your dog and may even help you to be a better dog owner.
1. Puppies need to remain with their mother and littermates for between 8 and 12 weeks to develop appropriate behavior and obtain the plentiful benefits of their mother’s milk.
2. Spaying and neutering your dogs will increase their lifespan by 1 to 3 years.
Source: Spay USA
3. Around 55% of dogs and puppies that go into the animal shelter system are euthanized.
Source: National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy – Shelter Statistics Survey
4. When traveling in the car a 10-pound dog that is unrestrained at the time of a crash at 50 mph will exert approximately 500 pounds of force. An 80-pound dog that is unrestrained at the time of a crash at 30 mph will exert around 2400 pounds of force.
5. Children who practice reading to a dog show a 12% improvement in their reading skills versus those who don’t.
6. Approximately 50% of all dogs over 10-years-old will develop one type of cancer or another.
7. Around 68% of dogs aged 15-years-old or older show signs of canine cognitive dysfunction.
8. Only approximately 10% of dogs will pass away naturally in their sleep.