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New dog owners in B.C. say exercise main reason for acquiring a pet: survey

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New dog owners in B.C. are more likely to have bought a pet to get them out of their homes for exercising or walking more, according to a new online survey.

The Research Co. poll says 42% of dog owners in the province are more likely to have acquired a pet for recreational purposes, while 28% of dog owners in Alberta are more likely to say the animal was acquired for protection.

The survey found 33% of Canadians say they currently have a dog in their home.

Almost half of Canadian dog owners have had a pet in their home for five years or more. Just over one in ten have been dog owners for less than a year.

About 71% of Canadian dog owners decided to get a pet for companionship.

There are some significant differences in the way Canadian dog owners acquired their pets, the polling firm says.

More than two in five, or 43%, acquired a dog directly from a breeder. Over one in four Canadian dog owners adopted or rescued their pet from a shelter. Only 13% of Canadian dog owners purchased their pet at a store.

“Female Canadian dog owners are more likely to have visited a shelter to get their pet (30%) than men (24%),” Research Co. president Mario Canseco says in the release. “Conversely, while 21% of men bought their dog at a pet store, only 6% of women took the same course of action.”

The results are based on an online survey of 1,000 adults in Canada conducted from Feb. 18 to 20. The margin or error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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