Brits are pet crazy

Wednesday, 17th April 2013

Gone are the days when our beloved animal companions were left at home while we go about our daily business.

Now, it seems owners are so enamoured with their pets that they just bring them along for the ride.

Research from shows that 4.1 million Brits let their furry friends take centre stage in their social lives, with 1.8 million owners taking Fido down the pub.

When it comes to social media, 2.3 million Brits put their love of their pet on show by giving them a starring place on their profiles.

Not only that, one in seven 'Petstagrammers' say they find themselves sharing more pictures of their companion rather than their loved ones.

This love for our pets extends to dog food with one in five owners admitting that only gourmet food brands are good enough.

Duncan Jennings, co-founder of, who carried out the research, said: "People have always been proud of their pets and it's interesting to see how this has now transcended to their social lives and in particular social networking."