7 reasons why dogs make the best pets
Sure, cat people (and their pets) may look down their noses at you. But you know the truth. Dogs are the kindest, loyalest, bravest creatures on four legs, and calling one ‘friend’ is just about the best thing you can do for your happiness.
The science backs it up too – dogs really are the best pets. Here's why.
1. They evolved to love us
There’s evidence to suggest that we didn’t domesticate wolves – they came to us first. The friendliest ones hung around our ancestors’ campsites and so began the evolution of the modern dog.
2. They’re super smart
It’s no coincidence that dogs are so easy to teach. Dogs’ super social nature has allowed them to develop bigger brains, and those smarts are what make them so trainable.
3. They make you healthier
Dog owners are 34% more likely to get enough exercise than non-pet owners are. Walkies aren’t just good for your pet, they’re great for you too – dog owners have also been found to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
4. They make you happier
Interacting with a pet dog actively lowers your stress levels, leading to more relaxation, better moods, and less anxiety. One study even found that dogs are more effective at lowering people’s stress levels than their significant others.
5. They can even make your richer
A UK study found that pet owners earn upwards of $6,000 more per year than non pet owners. That seems like a pretty worthwhile investment.
6. They really do understand you
It’s recently been discovered that dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human facial expressions. What does that mean? Well, when your pet looks like she knows she’s done something wrong, it’s probably because she does.
7. Look at that little face!