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Swindon is top for dogs

Issue: 22/03/2024

Swindon is the dog capital of the UK.
A new study by pet insurer Waggel has found that dog ownership is at its highest in the Wiltshire town.  The research looked at the ration of dogs to humans in towns and cities with a population of over 100,000. It found that Swindon has a ratio of 316.48 dogs per 1,000 humans.
A spokesperson said: “Swindon, nestled in the picturesque county of Wiltshire, offers a perfect blend of urban convenience and natural beauty. With spaces like Queen’s Park, Lydiard Park and Coate Water Country Park, Swindon provides a tranquil retreat for dog owners seeking outdoor adventures.
“The city’s pet-friendly cafes, pubs, and accommodation options reflect its commitment to fostering a welcoming environment for pets and their owners.”
Following closely behind is Chester, boasting 274.47 dogs per 1,000 humans. Hereford secures the third spot on the list, with 271.19 dogs per 1,000 humans, and Cambridge came fourth, with 257.06 dogs per 1,000 humans with Solihull closing the top five with 252.75 dogs per 1,000 humans. 
Andrew Leal, CEO of Waggel, said: “Dogs are humans’ best friends, and this data proves just how much Britons enjoy having a pet by their side, in some areas more than others.
“Regardless of the UK being a highly pet-friendly country in general, it’s interesting to see how all the cities in the top 10 offer both owner’s and dogs’ broad and frequent recreative areas to enjoy each other’s company.
“Understanding this and other trends that influence the ranking, the study offers valuable insights into the diverse factors influencing dog ownership and community dynamics across different cities.
“By recognising and celebrating the bond between humans and their furry companions, we can work towards creating more inclusive and pet-friendly environments that benefit both residents and their beloved pets.”
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