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US millennials are putting yard space for dogs as one of their top priorities for buying a home.
A survey reported that 33% of US millennials purchased a home to have better space or a yard for their dogs. It ranked as the third highest priority among millennial home buyers, with greater living space taking the top spot and equity building taking second. Marriage and birth of a child followed in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The survey also found that 42% of millennials who have never bought a house said that they would consider getting a home because they have a dog or would like to get one.
For instance, a millennial couple traded their apartment for a house so that they could get a dog. They said that it would be inhumane to coop up a dog in an apartment all day without any space to run. As planned, the couple rescued a German Shepherd mix a month after getting their new home.
According to a marketing director of an American real estate development company, millennial clients are becoming more attracted to dog-related amenities. In fact, because of the demand, the company has already completed three dog parks so owners can live actively alongside their dogs.
In addition to dog parks, other facilities meant for dogs are also becoming in demand among pet lovers. Some owners even request special washing stations in their homes for their dogs. Meanwhile, others even spend thousands of dollars to give their dogs a separate and comfortable home. For instance, Hollywood star Paris Hilton had a 300-square-foot dog house made, which cost $325,000.