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Dogs Good for Our Wealth

In difficult financial times, research has revealed that dog owners are a man’s – and business’s – best friend because they are the most likely to earn more, be more generous and more likely support their local shops and stores.

According to the Kennel Club’s Open for Dogs survey, almost a third of dog owners always leave a 12.5 percent tip when provided with a service whereas almost one in five cautious cat owners never leave a tip.

They are also more likely than cat owners to buy a round at the pub and almost twice as likely to do so as people who own neither pet.

Despite more than one in three dog owners admitting that the recession has meant that they’ve had to pull their belts in, dog owners also lead a more lavish lifestyle, splashing out an average of £80.56 a month on eating out and drinking in pubs and restaurants, 16 percent more than cat owners.

And it seems that dog owners are more likely to support their local shops and stores. Dog owners are almost twice as likely as those without a dog to regularly visit their local shops and stores, with a quarter saying that they frequent them, which is leading businesses to see the value of the ‘hound pound’.

The generosity of dog owners could in part be because they earn more than their cat owning counterparts, earning an average salary of £21,497, against cat owners’ £20,556. They also save 17 percent more every month, squirreling away an average of £151 a month.

But despite the generosity of dog owners and their eagerness to splash the cash, we should not underestimate the importance of their beloved four legged friends.

Dog owners would spend even more on helping to boost the UK economy if their dogs were allowed into places with them. More than half say that they would use their local shops and stores more frequently if they could take their dog with them, and one in five would take more breaks in the UK if they knew their dog could go too.

The Kennel Club’s Open for Dogs campaign aims to encourage more businesses to open up to well behaved dogs and their owners. There are currently 10,000 businesses listed on the Dog Friendly database, the official partner of the Open for Dogs campaign.

Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club , said: “In difficult financial times the strength of the hound pound should not be ignored. Dog owners seem to share a generous nature and whilst they clearly work hard to earn their money, they are not afraid to spend it on their friends and family and supporting local shops and stores.

“Businesses are starting to reach out to this generous market by allowing access to their well behaved dogs as well. Sadly, there is still a common misconception that it is illegal to have dogs in places where food is served, when this simply isn’t true.”

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