Millennials Are Motivated to Buy Homes For Their Dogs, Not Their Kids or Family

ashley.rae | August 4, 2017
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Forget upward mobility for the sake of your spouse and kids. Millennials are now primarily motivated by the well-being of their pets.

A sympathetic article on the American Kennel Club website reveals that Millennials’ primary motivation for purchasing a home is not for their families, but for their dogs.

The American Kennel Club claims a recent Harris Poll survey reveals 33 percent of Millennials say having a yard for their dog motivated them to buy their first home, compared to only 25 percent of millennial homeowners who said they were motivated by their marriage, and just 19 percent who were motivated by their children.

(Image source: the American Kennel Club)

The American Kennel Club also points out the American Pet Product Association found Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers in pet ownership. This comes as a poll by Gallup found 59 percent of Millennials have never been married.

Although Millennials appear to love their pets more than anything else, a new UCLA study reveals dogs and cats account for “25 to 30 percent of the environmental impact of meat consumption in the United States.” As the Guardian recently suggested to humans, “Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children,” perhaps Millennials should consider having fewer dogs — and putting their priorities in different orders.

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