Overweight people more likely to have overweight dogs
Copenhagen: Overweight people are more likely to have overweight dogs, partly because they are more likely to feed them treats, Danish researchers said. The study by the University of Copenhagen lends credence to the saying “like owner, like dog”, the scientists wrote in ‘Preventive Veterinary Medicine’.
“The prevalence of heavy or obese dogs is more than twice as large among overweight or obese owners (35%) than among owners who are slim or of a normal weight (14%),” the researchers said.
Of the 268 dogs studied, 20% were overweight. Average-weight owners tend to use treats for training purposes while overweight owners prefer to provide treats in convivial situations, “for example, when a person is relaxing on the couch and shares the last bites of a sandwich or a cookie with their dog,” study author Charlotte Bjornvad said.
In developed countries, 34% to 59% of dogs are overweight or obese, which can reduce their life expectancy and mobility or cause diabetes and cardiac disease just like in humans, another international team of researchers found in 2016.
Average-weight owners tend to use treats for training purposes while overweight owners prefer to provide treats in convivial situations, the study found