It's still Be Kind to Animals Week -- Men's Health sniffs out the stats on the creatures that keep you company: 

  • 78% of men currently own a pet 
  • 3% of men have never owned an animal in their lives 
  • 4% of men keep a reptile in their personal zoo 
  • A dog is the animal the average guy is most likely to keep around 
  • Labrador retriever is men's favorite breed 
  • 19% of men have dressed their pets up for Halloween or Christmas 
  • 69% of men give their pets gifts on birthdays and holidays 
  • 15% of men keep a picture of their pet on their desk at work 
  • 10% of men have been told they look like their pet 
  • 72% of men say they'd risk their lives to save their pets 
  • 73% of men think their furry pals would return the favor 
  • 20% of men have used their pet to try to pick up women 
  • 78% say the gambit worked 
  • 15% of men say they would put their pet's health before their own if money was tight 
  • 46% of men have been interrupted during sex by a nosy pet 
  • 59% of married men would want their pet if they got divorced 
  • 46% of men would seek visitation rights if they lost custody 
  • 50% of men have had a pet run away 
  • 35% of lost cats have returned home on their own 
  • 5% of lost dogs have returned home on their own 
  • 7 hours of additional exercise is spend each week, due to walks with Fido 
  • 165 is the number of words a dog can understand 
  • 2 year old child's IQ is equivalent to the average mutt's 
  • 5% of cat owners have tried to train their cats to use the toilet 
  • Tiger is the exotic pet the average guy wants to own 
  • Scooby-Doo is the celebrity pet men would want to pal around with most 
  • 58% of men would refuse an evacuation order if they couldn't bring their pet 
  • 68% of men say they've buried a pet in the backyard 
  • 25% of those grave diggers held an impromptu funeral 
  • 7% of pet owners have made financial provisions for their pet in their will 
  • 45% of men think they'll be reunited with their pets in the afterlife 


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