Dogs: our 30 million friends acclaimed by the French!

According to a CSA poll, the vast majority of French people say they like dogs. This happy observation can be explained by the many virtues that homes attribute to their 30 million friends. Good news for the 30 Million Foundation, which works daily to facilitate the adoption of abandoned dogs.

7.5 million! This is the number of dogs in France. The man’s best friend is present in 33% of households, according to the first barometer “Dogs and the French”, carried out by the CSA institute on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the Central Canina.

More than 8 out of 10 French people say they like dogs

The unconditional love that owners have for their dogs is assumed today.

C. Blanchard – Sociologist

And 84% of people surveyed – whether or not they have puppies – say they like dogs. Among owners, 85% consider their dog to be a full member of the family and three-quarters of them cannot imagine living without this animal. One-third of teachers are even considering adopting another! As for those who do not have one, 21% of respondents say ” the intention to adopt one “.

If today it is an essential pet, the dog has seen its status evolve in a few decades. ” For centuries, the dog proved to be the indispensable utilitarian helper of Homo Sapiens for surveillance, hunting, and even war. commented sociologist Christophe Blanchard. Today far from being taboo, the unconditional love that owners have for their dogs is widely assumed and vindicated by 9 out of 10 people.. »

A vector of social bonds and a mediator

And for good reason. ” people often need emotional compensation and the dog is an emotional sponge “, Specifies the sociologist. A love like this that can also scare the most sensitive. Because for future adopters, anticipating the loss of that family member can discourage adoption.

The French attribute to their dog qualities such as loyalty, loyalty and courage. ” So many virtues that you don’t necessarily find with your neighborspecifies C. Blanchard. In an increasingly individualistic society, the dog is the living being that will not disappoint us A vector of social bond, the dog is also an external mediator for fragile and vulnerable people.

The 30 Million Friends Foundation mobilized against abandonment and adoption!

The dog is the living thing that will not disappoint us.


This survey echoes the one carried out for the Foundation by 30 million friends in 2004: for 90% of French people, the animal was already considered an “integral part of the family”.

Throughout the year, the 30 Million Friends Foundation raises awareness against abandonment, through its annual campaigns and its free “Holidays with Friends” service.

At the same time, it encourages the adoption of abandoned dogs, victims of abandonment or abuse. Its Doyen operation facilitates the adoption of dogs from the age of 10 (our cat friends will soon be able to benefit from the device!) Thanks to the payment of veterinary expenses up to 600 euros. The 30 Million Friends Foundation has also been a partner for 7 years in the “Acting for Adoption” campaign led by Pedigree®: an action aimed at improving the daily life of shelter dogs.

Since the dog is without a doubt the best friend of man, it is up to all of us to become his best friend too!

(With AFP)

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