Do you think asking someone if they are a U.S. Citizen on the 2020 Census is controversial?  Well, consider this comparatively...a Dog Census!  Residents in Tonawanda and Kenmore will be the first to encounter the Dof Census starting today, according to WGRZ News.

The Census will give insight regarding the following, according to Wisdom Health:

  • Average number of pets in each household
  • The nation's top purebred and mixed breed dogs
  • The nation's top pedigreed and random bred cats
  • Places where people are obtaining their pets
  • Most popular feeding choices
  • Most popular activities to engage in with their pets (e.g. agility, tracking, fetch, etc.)
  • Most common reasons for obtaining a pet
  • Preventative healthcare regimen (e.g. flea control, heartworm, etc.)
  • Most common diagnosed disorders
  • Frequency of veterinary visits

The 2010 Census discovered the following, according to Wisdom Health:

  • German Shepherds were among the most popular purebred and mixed breed dogs.
  • Most mixed breed dog owners prefer smaller dogs over larger dogs. Mixed breed dogs weighing more than 80 pounds represented less than 11 percent of all mixed breed dogs.
  • Shelters were the most frequently cited place (46 percent) where people obtained mixed breed dogs, followed by a friend/neighbor or relative (18 percent).
  • Dry dog food was the most popular feeding choice (65 percent), surpassing mixed food (wet and dry - 21 percent), wet food (5 percent) and raw food and scraps (9 percent).

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