By Marie Haaland // SWNS

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The average kid will beg their parents for a pet 1,584 times before the age of 18, according to new research.

A survey of 2,000 parents of school-aged children found 74% of kids have asked for a pet, and they ask for one an average of 11 times per month starting at age 6.

But they’re not asking in vain: two-thirds of parents have, eventually, given in — and it’s after their child has been asking for three years, on average.

Conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Spin Master , the survey revealed the most coveted pet is a dog — 78% have asked specifically for a dog.

And parents should be even more prepared to hear, “Can we get a puppy?” as we enter the holiday season.

Sixty-two percent of children who’ve asked their parents for a pet double-down during the holiday season, and they ask seven more times per month.

And some kids might soon get to experience the joy of a furry friend: a third of parents surveyed are planning to buy their child a pet this holiday season.

Looking back to their own childhood, 46% received a pet as a present — and 89% of those said it was the best present they ever received.

“It’s a dream come true for a child to receive the ultimate surprise on Christmas morning — a puppy,” said Jean Gomez, Vice President of Marketing, Spin Master. “As some parents remember from their own childhood, receiving a pet for the holidays leaves a lasting impression — the ultimate surprise and moment of pure joy can be delivered during the holiday season, without the responsibility (or clean up) of a live pet.”

While kids are asking (and asking, and asking) their parents for a pet, the survey found they need to do more than just that.

Parents felt it was important to start small and build up to getting a new pet (78%) — which might be one of the reasons 25% of respondents wanted their child to show they could care for a toy pet before receiving a live one.

 “A toy pet can bring so much excitement and joy, while also acting as a step toward getting a real pet,” said Gomez. “And while some parents may say no when asked ‘can we get a puppy’, an interactive pet like Present Pets that barks and paws its way out of the box can deliver that magical experience for the whole family.”

Eighty-two percent of parents surveyed believe it’s important for children to be introduced to — and spend time with — animals.

Learning to play gently (58%), learning responsibility (57%) and being encouraged to spend time outdoors (46%) were found to be the top benefits of growing up with pets.

 

WHAT PETS ARE KIDS MOST LIKELY TO ASK FOR?

  1. Dog
  2. Cat
  3. Fish
  4. Bird
  5. Rabbit

 

HOW MANY TIMES DO KIDS ASK FOR A PET?

  • 74% of kids have asked their parents for a pet
  • They first ask at age 6, on average
  • Kids ask 11 times per month — with an additional seven times during the holiday season (making it 18 times per month)
  • This adds up to 1,584 times by the age of 18

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