Survey: Dogs May Get More Presents than Kids and Spouses this Season

A new AKC survey finds that dogs are going to beat out kids and spouses in the gift-getting department this Christmas. Thirty-eight percent of respondents...

Maria Goodavage  |  Dec 22nd 2010


A new AKC survey finds that dogs are going to beat out kids and spouses in the gift-getting department this Christmas. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said their dogs would get the most money spent on their gifts, beating out kids (36%) and spouses (26%). In addition, if holiday expenses are being trimmed, 55% of people would spend less on their spouse than their pooch. To add spousal insult to injury, 78% plan on buying for other family members’ dogs, 66% plan on buying for friends’ dogs, and 15% plan on buying for their dog’s friends at the dog park.

I think the lesson here is that if you’re a spouse or kid, it’s time to start wearing a dog costume around the house in hopes of making yourself a bit more endearing. You still have a chance, with two more shopping days left ’til Christmas!

The survey was probably not very scientific, and may have been geared toward AKC people. Still, it’s interesting.

How does this jibe with your gift-giving this season, Dogsters? Are you spending more money on your dogs than your humans? At this point, walloped with the flu as we have been, there are certain spouses and dogs who are not going to fare well unless I can recover and get to the store! (Meanwhile I’m going to go a bit light on the blog until I’m recovered…)