Millennials Now Own More Pets Than Boomers. Here Are 7 Dog Breeds Perfect for Folks Born Between 1981 and 1996
Millennials have always had a special relationship with their dogs, from finding the coziest dogs beds to purchasing accessories approved by the queen herself and even including them as integral parts in Halloween festivities. When it comes to parenting their pets, millennials go all out. And it looks like the enthusiasm isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Over the course of the past year and a half, the pandemic puppy has become a huge trend. Whether it was for companionship—due to the fact that most of us couldn’t see our loved ones for months—or because we were avoiding other responsibilities such as parenting a human child, there’s been a boom in dog adoption, and it seems like millennials are leading the pack.
According to a study conducted by YPulse—a Gen Z and millennial-focused research company—millennials are officially in the top spot when it comes to owning pets, exceeding boomers. YPulse found that 76 percent of 20 to 38-year-olds have a pet, with more than half reporting they have dogs (and 35 percent owning cats). And since millennials currently outnumber boomers, this means majority of the largest living generation has pets in their homes.
But millennials aren’t just adopting pets and then subjecting them to just regular ole kibble and an annual vet’s appointment and calling it a day. This dog-loving generation is also giving their four-legged friends premium care—especially during these trying times. A 2020 study conducted by Rover found that 33 percent of millennials say they’ve spent more on their dog during the pandemic, compared to just 10 percent boomers. The majority of boomers (78 percent) revealed they spent the same amount as they usually do on their dogs.
Thinking about getting a dog, but don’t know where to start? Check out these seven dog breeds ideal for millennials, according to the American Kennel Club.
7 Dog Breeds Perfect for Millennials
1. Australian Shepherd
Ideal for the millennial who is a workout fanatic, Australian shepherds will never let you exercise by your lonesome. This energetic breed will happily tag along as you go on your daily jog or weekend hike because they require lots of play and exercise themselves.
2. Boston Terrier
New Yorkers and Angelenos, listen up. Averaging 10 to 25 pounds and about 16 inches tall, Boston terriers are the perfect dogs to adopt when you live in a small apartment. The AKC notes that their exercise requirements are pretty minimal, so a nice stroll around the neighborhood will suffice. Plus, they’re pretty quiet and will typically keep to themselves, so you don’t have to worry about disturbing your roomies.
Small but mighty, these teeny pups are great for apartment dwellers who don’t mind some pitter patter in their homes because they’re moderately active. Known for their adaptable nature, friendly demeanor and spunky personalities, Dachshunds would fit right in whether you’re bringing them into a family with kids or riding solo.
4. Shiba Inu
Sure, they may be a bit stubborn, but hey, isn’t that one of the defining traits of millennials anyways? (We will never not wear skinny jeans!) These highly independent canines may not sit when you want them to sit or fetch when you command them to, but they are known to be on the quiet side and are very attentive to their people.
5. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
If their stout legs and little waddles down the hallway don’t put a smile on your face, then their ultra-cuddly personalities certainly will. Corgis are known to be one of the friendliest dog breeds, which makes them a great companion to have when a serious case of dejavirus hits. And unlike Shiba Inus, these guys are super easy to train.
6. Belgian Malinois
Another choice for the highly athletic millennials out there, Belgian Malinois are all about staying active. Take them for a run on the beach or keep them by your side when training for a marathon, these gentle giants will keep up with ease. Not only are they highly energetic, but they’re the ultimate guard dogs as well. Averaging anywhere between 55 and 66 pounds, these dogs are fiercely loyal and highly protective of their owners.
7. Miniature Schnauzer
Dog person or not, everyone loves a schnauzer and it’s simply because of their innate charm and amicable personalities. These pups are known for their contagious energy and wild sense of adventure, so feel free to take them with you when you explore a new bucket list destination for your next vacay.