The Irish Vote For Dogs
The odds are 3 to 1 in favour of dogs in Ireland. The University College Dublin (UCD) released the results of a survey indicating that 36 percent of households in Ireland own a dog, but only 10 percent own up to having a pet cat.
The majority of other countries have a fairly even split between cats and dogs. Britain comes in at a narrow differentiation of 22 percent for dogs, and 18 for cats. While the U.S only has a slightly larger split with 37 percent in favor of dogs, and 32 for cats.
What makes the Irish so dog biased?
Some research points to the rural heritage of the Irish as the cause. A long connection with the land and farming has generated a strong bond with “man’s best friend.”
It could also be the large houses that the Irish tend to favour that make dog ownership a more natural choice. But there is also an inherent fondness of dogs that elevates them to the status of pet whereas cats tend to be viewed as mere strays.
Perhaps the media are partly to blame. Tony Forshaw of the Siamese and All Breeds Cat Club of Ireland blames the fact that dogs get more air time on TV and movies for the favouritism.
Forshaw blames the Irish dog bias on the fact that man’s best friend gets more screen time in movies and TV. “When people see cats in a popular context, they do go looking for them,” he says.
Only elderly ladies break the mould as the only demographic favouring cats according to the UCD survey. This is undoubtedly due to the less robust requirements of cats. They don’t need long walks on leashes, are less rambunctious, and still provide comfort and companionship.
Which do you prefer?
Are you Irish and can shed more light on the study?