Great dog breeds for millennials
Most millennials, now in their 20s and 30s, are tackling adult milestones later then than previous generations, with one exception: pet ownership. As it turns out, millennials love pets—especially dogs. Research firm Mintel recently discovered that three-quarters of U.S. consumers aged 30–39 own a dog. With such a significant number of millennials becoming dog-owners, Stacker explored which breeds fit their young adult lives.
Stacker considered dog breed data from the American Kennel Club, Animal Planet, and PetMd, alongside millennial traits and generational trends reported by a variety of sources. With 190 breeds currently registered by the AKC, there are enough variations among breeds to complement a variety of millennial lifestyles.
Read on to see which four-legged companions could be dubbed millennials’ best friends.
Members of a generation making headlines for altruism may find themselves more at home with a rescue dog than one purchased from a breeder. Being a rescue dog doesn’t preclude a dog from being purebred, of course, but it can introduce unknown behavioral and health factors—something potential owners will want to keep in mind.
These pups are content with city or country life, suiting the whims of millennials who have yet to settle down. Their “squished” facial features also provide a number of expressions for their owners, making them especially photo-friendly—a perk for the first generation to always have a camera in their pocket.
Those inspired by celebrity millennials like Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff may be interested to know that both owned Yorkies. They’re a great fit for those who are ready and willing to dote on these small pups, since they can be slow to house-train, and their long fur need lots of brushing. Owners agree their compact size and classic cuteness more than makes up for the extra work.
Pembroke Welsh corgi
Millennials who dream of taking their canine companion for long runs will appreciate this sled dog’s active nature and need for plenty of regular exercise. With new research dubbing millennials the most fit generation, Siberian huskies could fit right into their owners’ healthy lifestyles.
This is another breed with multiple famous members, including Scooby-Doo, Marmaduke, and the Jetsons’ Astro, these dogs are described by PetFinder as both powerful and sensitive. Great Danes can weigh up to 100 to 120 pounds, as much as an adult human, and easily help fill the growing homes of millennials.2018 All rights reserved.