Are More Women Picking Bichons Over Babies?
Amy Tokic April 15, 2014 Photos by: ©iStock.com/zorani
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Is pet parenthood overtaking motherhood?
Donít be surprised if the next time you look into a stroller expecting to go ga-ga over a cute little baby, youíre treated to a furry little dog instead. According to new numbers, more women are choosing to coo over puppies than change diapersÖ 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. Thatís 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. Theyíve 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.
Iíve 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. Weíve 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 itís just a silly fad? Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.
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