Cats in the United States have adopted more dogs than any other country, according to new research by Bloomberg, which examined adoptions data.
The findings suggest that adoption of dogs in the U.S. is more likely to be driven by social factors, such as caring for a family member, than by scientific and medical research.
Dogs are often adopted for economic reasons, Bloomberg said, citing data from the nonprofit organization Shelter.
The adoption of a dog in the USA was up from just over 100,000 in 2014 to nearly 1.2 million in 2017, according the research.
While the number of adopted dogs was a little less in 2017 than it was in 2014, it is still an increase from 2014.
The most common reasons for adopting a dog were the need for companionship, love, security, safety and for companionships that are not necessarily related to the dog’s breed.
About 5.7 percent of the dogs adopted were male, according a Bloomberg analysis of adoptions from 2013 to 2017.
That percentage dropped from about 14 percent in 2013 to about 6 percent in 2017.
The majority of adoptees were white, followed by black, Asian and Hispanic.
Some dogs adopted for medical reasons included a pug, a Labrador retriever, a boxer and a Labrador mix.
Pets and dog lovers have been adopting dogs for more than a century.
They tend to be a mix of temperament and health concerns.
Some adoptions are for medical purposes, but many are not.
Adoption of dogs is often driven by the need to bond with a person, such the care of a pet, Bloomberg reported.
Dogs have also become a part of the social fabric of many cities and towns in the West.
They’re often found in parks, beaches and in parks with children, including in Los Angeles, according Bloomberg.
The trend could increase over time, according, as the popularity of the pet market rises and the demand for pets declines, the report said.
Bloomberg also cited the adoption of puppies as a factor in increasing the number, and the average age, of adopted pets.
The number of dogs adopted per 1,000 dogs is expected to increase to 1.3 million in 2020 from the current 1.15 million.
The increase is driven by a surge in the number adopted, as puppies become more popular, Bloomberg noted.
But the increase is also driven by an increase in the average dog’s age.
About 1.7 million dogs and puppies were adopted between 2013 and 2017, and that number is expected only to increase.
The average age of dogs has increased from 31.3 to 34.2 years.
The overall number of animals adopted has declined from 5.3 billion in 2013, to 4.9 billion in 2017 according to the data.