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The invasion of dogs in Bizkaia: More pets than children

Jesus Carames

June 18, 2024 | 7:46 a.m.

Birth rates are falling year after year in the Basque Country, while the number of Pets, especially dogs, increases gradually. This trend is significantly reflected in Bizkaia, where the data shows a notable difference between the child and canine populations. In Bizkaia, there are 11,8 dogs for every 10 boys and girls, which indicates that the presence of dogs greatly exceeds that of children under 15 years of age.

Context in Bizkaia

In the context of Euskadi, Bizkaia is not the only province that shows a high proportion of dogs compared to children. Álava also has a ratio of 11,8 dogs for every 10 children under 15 years of age, while Gipuzkoa has a slightly lower ratio, with 10,8 dogs for every 10 children. Navarra, although with somewhat lower figures, follows the same trend with 10,6 dogs for every 10 minors.

Inequality in distribution

Despite these general figures, the distribution of the relationship between dogs and children is not uniform in all regions of Bizkaia. In Greater Bilbao, the proportion is 9,92 dogs for every 10 boys and girls, a more balanced figure compared to other regions. However, in areas with lower birth rates, the differences are significantly accentuated.

For example, in Encartaciones, the proportion reaches 25,50 dogs for every 10 children, which reflects a clear preponderance of the canine population. This pattern is repeated in other areas with low birth rates such as Montaña Alavesa (43,73) and Gorbeialdea (36,47).

Factors behind the trend

The increase in the number of pet dogs may be due to several factors. The urbanization and changes in lifestyles have led many people to choose to have dogs instead of having children. The loneliness and the need for companionship in an increasingly individualistic society also play an important role. Furthermore, dogs are not only seen as pets, but as family members who provide emotional support and security.

Social implications

This trend has various social implications. On the one hand, the increase in the canine population requires greater means and dog care services, such as dog parks, veterinary clinics, and training services. On the other hand, the decrease in the child population can affect the long-term demographic structure and economic development of the region, with possible impacts on the educational system and the future workforce.

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