Dogs: our 30 million French -recognized friends!

According to a CSA survey, most French people say they like dogs. This joyful observation can be explained by the many qualities that households impart 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. Man’s closest friend is in 33% of homes, according to the first barometer “Dogs and French”, held by the CSA institute on the occasion of Canine Central’s 140th anniversary.

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

The unconditional love that owners have for their dogs is now believed.

C. Blanchard – Sociologist

And 84% of people surveyed – whether they have doggies or not – say they like dogs. Among owners, 85% consider their dog as a full-fledged family member and three-quarters of them cannot imagine living without this pet. A third of the teachers are even thinking of adopting another! As for those left, 21% of respondents said “ seeking to adopt one “.

If it is now an important pet, the dog has seen its condition change over the decades. ” For centuries, the dog has proven to be a necessary utilitarian auxiliary to Homo Sapiens for guarding, hunting and even warfare, commented sociologist Christophe Blanchard. Now far from taboo, the unconditional love of owners for their dogs is more widely acknowledged and widely acknowledged by 9 out of 10 people.. »

A vector of social relations and a mediator

And for good reason, ” people usually have emotional compensation needs and the dog is an emotional sponge “, determines the sociologist. Love like this can also frighten the most sensitive. Because for future adopters, the anticipation of the loss of this family member can discourage adoption.

The French identify with their dog qualities such as loyalty, loyalty and courage. ” There are so many qualities you can’t find in your neighbordescribes C. Blanchard. In an increasingly individualistic society, the dog is the living creature that does not disappoint us. “. Vector of social bonding, the dog is also a mediator in the outside world for vulnerable and vulnerable people.

The 30 Million Friends Foundation is mobilizing against abandonment and for adoption!

The dog is the living creature that does not disappoint us.


This resounding survey was conducted for the 30 Million Friends Foundation in 2004: for 90% of French people, the animal is already considered an “integral part of the family”.

The 30 Million Friends Foundation raises awareness, throughout the year, against abandonment, through annual campaigns and the free “Feast 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 aged 10 and above (our cat friends will soon benefit from the device!) Thanks to the payment of veterinary costs up to 600 euros. The 30 Million Friends Foundation has also been a partner, for 7 years, in the “Act for adoption” campaign led by Pedigree®: an action aimed at improving the daily lives of shelter dogs.

Since the dog is – without a doubt – man’s best friend, it’s up to all of us that he can also be his best friend!

(With AFP)

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