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Simple reason millions of Aussies don’t want to go back to the office

A woman works from her home office with a small dog sitting on a sofa near her.
Aussies would prefer to stay home with their furry friend than go back to the office. (Source: Getty)

The COVID-induced lockdowns made us a lot closer to our furry friends and Aussies are choosing to stay home with them instead of going back to the office.

A new survey of more than 12,000 dog owners found not only were Aussies wanting to spend more time at home with their dogs, but were also spending more money on them.

Scratch’s Great Australian Dog survey found three quarters (74 per cent) spent more than $1,000 to purchase their ‘best friend’.

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On top of that, 61 per cent said they spent between $1,000 and $4,000 on their dog every year.

More than half of all dog owners also said they would take a pay cut if it meant spending more time with their furry friends.

And when it comes to going back into the office, 35 per cent said they had negotiated to work from home in order to spend more time with their pooches.

“Dog owners want to be able to live comfortably with their dogs,” the survey said.

“The pandemic has, however, afforded Aussies more time with their dogs. In 2020 only 22 per cent of respondents spent all day with their dogs. Fast forward to 2022, and that number has jumped to 44 per cent.”

What else are we giving up for our pups?

The survey revealed 78 per cent of dog-owners would be willing to spend more on renting or buying a property if the place suited their dog's needs.

And beyond money, Aussies were also starting to prefer having a dog over children.

Aussie dog owners (which make up around 40 per cent of the population) are becoming less interested in having kids, with one in three respondents (37 per cent) desiring children less since becoming a dog owner.

This is up from 33 per cent in 2020.

Most popular dogs in Australia

The top 10 dog breeds in Australia in 2022 (in order of popularity):

  1. Cavoodle

  2. Labrador retriever

  3. Greyhound

  4. Border collie

  5. Golden retriever

  6. Goldendoodle

  7. Labradoodle

  8. German shepherd

  9. English Staffordshire bull terrier

  10. French bulldog

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