IT’S A DOG’S WORLD: Canines outnumber children under the age of 15 in Spain

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CHEAPER THAN CHILDREN: The country has 13 million registered pets and 6.2 million under-15s. Photo: Shutterstock

DOGS in Spain now outnumber children under 15.

The country has 13 million registered pets and 6.2 million under-15s, Armando Solis, president of the Spanish Pet Identification Network (REIAC), said.

Ninety-three per cent of pets are dogs, 6 per cent are cats and the remainder rabbits.  “People live longer and they are more alone,” explained Solis who said the number of pets would continue to increase.

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Most registered pets live in cities where the number of people living alone – and not only the elderly – has also increased, he said.

Animals involve less responsibility and expense than children but enable their owners to lavish maternal and paternal feelings on them, experts said.

“It is difficult to bring up a family in cities because these are hostile to children,” said sociologist Miriam Fernandez Nevados.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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