Cats may be the most popular pets in the world but the most famous people in the world own dogs.
Queen Elizabeth I1 owns a pack of 10 corgi dogs. President Obama owns a dog. The King of Thailand a country famous for its cats – owns a dog. Bill Clinton owns a dog; even Paris Hilton parades with her chihuahua. There’s a long list of the famous and celebrated who are dog owners.
While dogs are the second most popular pet in the world I wonder why the very famous don’t choose cats. I think it’s because dogs are docile and controllable. Cats are far more independent creatures. Dogs can be trained and to what they are told but the independent feline does not take orders easily.
Belonging to famous owners also makes the dogs famous. Corgis were basically unheard of outside of Wales until the British royal family started keeping them in 1934. Queen Elizabeth’s public outings with her corgis made them world famous. Because of this royal association the short legged corgi became a popular household pet..
American presidents’ dogs are guaranteed to be famous. But whereas I always notice them on photo shoots I never seem to remember their names, only the breeds. George W Bush had two Scottish terriers and a mongrel. His dad had two spaniels. Bill Clinton had a Labrador and a cat. President Obama has a Portuguese water dog.
So why do royals, presidents and celebrities choose dogs to be part of their public profile? Is there something socially important about having a dog? Maybe the dog represents an essential part of family and famous people like to connect with the family image. Maybe it’s because people who have pets are recognised as nice people and everyone wants to be thought of as nice.
Whatever the reason, it’s good for dogs, especially if the owners love them.