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Old 05-08-2014, 01:40 PM
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Are More Women Picking Bichons Over Babies?
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Is pet parenthood overtaking motherhood?
Don’t be surprised if the next time you look into a stroller expecting to go ga-ga over a cute little baby, you’re treated to a furry little dog instead. According to new numbers, more women are choosing to coo over puppies than change diapers… and really, who can blame them?

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in the United States, birth rates have fallen from nearly 70 per 1,000 women in 2007, to under 63 last year. That’s a 10 percent drop in just six years. The biggest fall can be seen in the 15- to 29-year old demographic. And this just happens to be the group that loves the pooches, says business-news site Quartz.

Since 1999, people have been picking up pups and the pill. They’ve also been waiting longer to get married. In this time period, the canine population has doubled. The number of small dogs (under 25 pounds) has boomed, jumping from 34. 1 million in 2008 to 40.8 million in 2012. This puppy boom is wonderful for the dog product industry. The American Pet Products Association estimates that in 2014, $58.51 billion will be spent on pets in the U.S.

I’ve chosen to care for a dog rather than a baby, which I will write about in other articles soon, and I know many other singles and couples who have taken this route. We’ve chosen this lifestyle for many reasons: lifestyle, money, career and health, just to mention a few. How about you? Are you one of the many or know of anyone who picked a dog over having children? Or do you think it’s just a silly fad? Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.


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It's funny because me and my boyfriend were talking about this the other day and read a similar article online. I can see how that works. Before we had dogs, we talked about having children in the future, but not so much since having chihuahuas. lol We can't afford to have children right now anyway, but we've become quite happy with just chi babies. lol There are so many people in this world anyway, I guess it's not such a bad thing.
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I totally agree! I'm not a kid person. And I'm 31 yrs old and thought maybe my mind would change, and it still hasn't! But I'm young enough that I know there is still time. Chi's and pets in general are easier 😊. I never knew I could love something so much! But I certainly respect those who do balance raising kids and pets.


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Me and my partner are in the same situation (and 31 as well ). I guess we also feel like we still have time if we do want kids eventually, but tbh I've never really been a kid person either. I just kind of felt the older I was getting, the more the clock was ticking, but since we have chihuahuas, that's all gone away. lol
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31 seems young enough to still change your mind about a baby. However, it's important to remember that after age 35 the risk of birth defects and learning disabilities increases. Also, if you don't want kids, there is nothing wrong with that.


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31 seems young enough to still change your mind about a baby. However, it's important to remember that after age 35 the risk of birth defects and learning disabilities increases. Also, if you don't want kids, there is nothing wrong with that.
Yeah, it's this fear that used to make me feel like the clock is ticking (even though I don't feel ready for kids). Of course a lot can change in the space of a few years though.
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Me and my partner are in the same situation (and 31 as well ). I guess we also feel like we still have time if we do want kids eventually, but tbh I've never really been a kid person either. I just kind of felt the older I was getting, the more the clock was ticking, but since we have chihuahuas, that's all gone away. lol

We are the same age! Haha. I'm glad I'm not alone on this subject. I feel bad that I don't want kids, and for a long time felt like something's wrong with me to not want them. I will never close the door completely on the subject of being a parent. But in my heart the desire is still not there. I'm happy being free to do what I want, I really enjoy my dogs. Right now I'm content, but I don't doubt that if I ever had a child that I'd be an awesome parent 😊


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Please don't ever feel bad to admit that having a child isn't for you. Nothing is wrong with you either. It takes a strong person to admit that. Far too many people cave in to the pressure others put on them about having kids. Enjoy your dogs and your lifestyle. Never feel guilty.


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