According to a new report, Louisianians are dog people.
The study, conducted by market research firm Euromonitor puts Louisiana in the top 5 states in the nation who favor dogs over cats.
Louisiana is home to more than 1.1 million dogs, compared to just under 900,000 cats. That's in contrast to the nationwide stats that show overall there are more cats than dogs in the country.
Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorilla says the state is tailor made for dogs.
"We're such a festival rich state, and so many of us bring our pets with us. If it is appropriate, and it's pet friendly, your dog can go with you."
The study shows several trends in worldwide pet ownership, dogs are preferred pet in the south, cats in the northeast, and a massive preference for dogs across most of Asia. Zorrilla says the explosion of dog centric locations has created a unique opportunity for people to embrace their love of canines.
"There's more doggie day cares, dog boarding facilities, as well as places like the bulldog and canine connection that really cater to dog lovers."
The study shows several trends in worldwide pet ownership, dogs are preferred pet in the south, cats in the northeast, and a massive preference for dogs across most of Asia. But Zorilla says Louisiana is a great state for all kinds of pet ownership.
"Well I think we love animals in general here, and I think that comes through in the number of people who own pets, and specifically the number of people who own dogs."