Do you prefer cats or dogs? Pets are an important part of many British families.

What is the number one favourite pet in the UK? If you think the answer is ‘dogs’ – you are wrong. There are 8.6 million cats and 8.3 million dogs in Britain, according to recent figures. Pet statistics experts predict that there will be more dogs than cats next year as dogs become more and more popular.

Dogs as accessories

We like to spend time with our pets. The Queen is famous for her corgis (short-legged, friendly dogs) and is often photographed with them. Nowadays some dog owners are more extreme – a few TV celebrities even take their dogs shopping or to restaurants in their handbags. Chihuahuas, pugs and Yorkshire Terriers are especially popular as ‘handbag dogs’ because they are so small.

Dog holidays

People are not just buying their pets the latest clothes and accessories – they are also giving them holidays. Many UK hotels and holiday parks now welcome dogs as guests. What about dog owners who go abroad for their holidays? They can leave their pets at a dog hotel or dog spa while they are away. Some dog spas even provide their canine guests with a TV.

Dogs are for life

The British charity, The Dogs Trust, finds homes for thousands of lost and abandoned dogs every year. Their famous slogan ‘A dog is for life and not just for Christmas’ was created in the 1970s to teach people about the responsibility of owning a dog. The Dogs Trust told British people not to give dogs as gifts or treat them like toys. ‘Handbag dog’ owners – are you listening?

Dogs on TV

Victoria Stilwell is the host of the popular TV programme called It’s Me or the Dog. In the show Victoria helps dog owners with their pets’ bad behaviour. She tries to find solutions to problems such as a Dalmatian (a black and white spotted dog) who thinks he owns the house and won’t let the family sit on the sofa, dogs that will only eat ice cream and biscuits and even a bulldog (a small, muscular dog) who uses the owner's bed as a toilet. Yuck!

Fashion for dogs

You can shop online or on the high street for the latest in dog clothes and accessories. Specialist shops sell items such as dog boots, dog fancy dress costumes, dog coats, dog dresses and dog pants (yes – pants!).

We asked some dog owners to give us their opinions about dog fashion.

Why do dogs need clothes? They have fur! I would never buy clothes for my dog. Ridiculous!
Brian, Leominster

We bought our dog a new collar and a lead at Christmas.
Amanda, Birmingham

I think dog clothes are cute. I have a coat for my little dog although I don’t carry her around in a bag. Dogs need lots of exercise.
Elaine, Liverpool

My dog wears a bandana. Is that a fashion accessory?
Steve, Bristol

Discussion

Do you have any pets? Which pets are most popular in your country?

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terranova@ 28 October, 2012 - 11:57

i have a dog she s name is Pufi. she has a beautiful coat wen we take her on holidays she wear hear sweater because she hates cold

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LadyLily5000 27 October, 2012 - 18:50

Just few months ago my father had bought a dog. Well, you can't play with it and it's not cute and little. It's the opposite. The dog is very big and dangerous. But my father had bought it for hunting.

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selene 13 September, 2012 - 03:15

I have 4 dogs in my house 2 large and 2 boys, called Brandi, Nena, Camila and Bud, are beautiful and we love them, do not put clothes because it has a very nice coat, I love my pets.

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carlos cu brito 11 September, 2012 - 19:48

I think this is something father because animals should have equal aatenciones that besides being our pets are also our friends are like one of the family and there is something father for things like pets.
my name is carlos eduardo brito cu of jesus

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Alberto_10 11 September, 2012 - 19:47

My opinion is that there how many dog abandoned in my city is very high and for this reason I adopted a dog of the street for cure and all that money would spend in clothing the would use in cure for my dogs.

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zeros-999 11 September, 2012 - 19:40

l have two dogs,very fishes and two parrot but many ofmy friends have another tipe of pets and their pets are very awensome and i like them pets

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Alma Gòmez 11 September, 2012 - 19:36

I prefer dogs, I love them, I have two dogs, they are named Flaco and Charley, they are the best companions for me and my family, I love them, they are mischievous, playful and they eat a lot, they are the best friends!! :)

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rogelio alfonso... 11 September, 2012 - 19:31

I have four dogs, three Chihuahuas and a schnauzer. The most popular pet is the dog in MEXICO. Regards

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angflocan 11 September, 2012 - 19:25

I have had a dog, a cat, a coati and a hamster, but I love dogs because they are more friendly and affectionate. In Mexico the dogs are very popular and there are many stray dogs and most are mistreated.

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Lee Cardozo 11 September, 2012 - 19:22

I PREFER DOGS A schnauzer I have three named Lenny a dachshund named Cosmo and a mutt named Donna. They are cute and I love good, are very mischievous puppies that are still like getting wet. I love are my babies

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Eric Angel Viveros 11 September, 2012 - 19:21

quite right because dogs are becoming popular day Cadea
negosios to do with dogs in which earn large amounts
only a couple of race, as cats also, but rather are popular
a little less than dogs, in my country we find equally popular
cats to dogs but less hehe greetings tambibien later.

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Wero 11 September, 2012 - 19:21

I have a dog, it is very friendy and beautiful, its name is Melo. The animal more famous in mexico is the Dog because protect the house

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Jafeth 11 September, 2012 - 19:21

i have a dog and its name is "Firulais", it is very friendly and so beautiful. The dog is the best pet in Mexico.

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Jessica E. 11 September, 2012 - 19:15

well I think that dogs are pets, which as we all need to be cared for and loved, I agree with the text as they really need care, but I feel like to care too much beyond the limits, they are animals and have to live some in their environment.

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Jessica E. 11 September, 2012 - 19:10

well I think that dogs are pets, which as we all need to be cared for and loved, I agree with the text as they really need care, but I feel like to care too much beyond the limits, they are animals and have to live some in their environment.

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LiliyaM 9 September, 2012 - 12:47

I don`t have a pet,but my friends have cool dogs )))I love their pets very much)))))I think, dogs very friendly and funny)

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rapunzel 9 September, 2012 - 11:26

I have a female dog named Maka. She is slim, because she runs a lot, but she also eats horrible big portions!

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bananacc1222 9 September, 2012 - 09:20

I love dogs!
but my parents told me that I can't take care by myself
and I also can't take care of a dog!
so I have to wait ,when I am 18!

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