One in six pet owners have admitted they regret choosing their pet breed, a new study has found.
Research conducted by Sainsbury's Bank Pet Insurance discovered that more than half of cat and dog owners living in the South of England hastily choose pets without carefully considering their personality traits. In fact, only 21% of owners spent more than a week researching the right breed for them.
The study also found that over 56% of owners decided on adopting pets for companionship purposes, while 39% chose theirs for unconditional love.
Dr Scott Miller, a TV vet, told the Bournemouth Echo: "I am saddened to hear that so many pet owners are regretting the animals they have chosen as companions. Dogs and cats come in all shapes and sizes, and have different temperaments.
"Looking after a pet is a huge commitment so it is important that people undertake adequate research before buying a pet to ensure it is a happy experience for you and the animal."
Following on from the research, the pet insurance company has launched a match-making app, Pawfect Match, to help owners find rescue animals across the UK that are most suited to them.
Jason King, customer director at Sainsbury's Bank explains: "Britain is a nation of animal lovers and pets are part of the family. We understand how important it is to undertake research before adopting or purchasing a pet, including what type of pet insurance is best suited to your dog or cat's needs."
If you're considering giving a rescue dog a loving home then it's vital you do your research first. Whether you live in a flat and need a dog for small spaces or want a pup to help reduce anxiety, doing some investigating beforehand will ensure you find the breed best suited for you.
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