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Report: Middle-Aged Male Dogs Break The Most Stuff

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There’s not a ton of research out there that supports evidence either way as to what the ‘better’ gender is when it comes to pets. While some has shown that female dogs may notice the details a bit more than males (ahem, sounding familiar to their human counterparts!), there’s new data that shows male pets seem to be a bit more mischievous and destructive in their down time!

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SquareTrade, a company that offers protection plan provisions for electronics, has compiled an appropriately named report called the Pet Break Stuff Damage Report, which tells us all about the damage pets do to our devices. According to SquareTrade, Americans spent 14.6 billion dollars repairing damage to our devices that were caused by our furry family members!

SquareTrade looked at the online responses of over 1,500 pet owners and it’s no surprise in this day and age that smart phones seemed to be the device of choice when it came to pet damage. In fact, nearly 60 percent of those polled said that their pets have destroyed at least one smartphone.

Pets Destroy Smartphones More than any other electronic device

Most owners reported that their pets used their gadgets as chew toys, with nearly a fifth of owners surveyed saying their pets knocked their device off a high place to incur the damage! And, surprisingly (or not!) it was the male pets who did more damage than their gal pals. Surveyed pet owners reported 63 percent of tech damage was done by males. Fifty-five percent of the damage doers were smaller dogs, and almost 60 percent were ‘middle-aged.’

Most electronic pet destruction is done by animals chewing devices

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The pet owners were also asked to describe their pets, with 63 percent saying they believed their pets were curious. This curiosity may be in play when it comes to tech damage, as an overwhelming 73 percent believe that it was their pet’s boredom that drove them to damage their things, and it was not intentional bad behavior that fueled destruction.

Middle-aged, male dogs do most damage to electronic devices

All in all, pets account for the damage of 3.3 devices per pet owner, and results in the need for repairs that total nearly $15 billion dollars. That’s a lotta electronics, people! Just goes to show… curiosity may not just kill the cat, but can shatter your beloved big screen into a million pieces!


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