Man’s best friend costs the average pet owner a whopping £4,000 in damages over the course of their life, according to fascinating new research.
Damaged furniture and ruined carpets are the most common complaints among animal owners according to Dr. Beckmann – racking up huge four figure bills.
Almost four in ten owners (38%) say their pooch has caused irreparable damage to their carpet, resulting in £3,000 of damage over the course of the average dog’s lifetime.
Elsewhere, duvets, shoes, curtains and bedsheets also take the brunt of canines’ curiosity, according to the nationwide poll, racking up bills of around £300.
Meanwhile, over a third of dog owners (35%) complain about their pet devouring their food, with the average pooch snaffling the equivalent of two weekly shops over its lifetime, costing £125.
Overall, 39% of pet owners say they are less likely to buy nice furniture because they're worried their canine will ruin it, with dogs six times more likely to wreak havoc in the home than cats
The Dr. Beckmann study also delved into canine hygiene to reveal the top five muckiest and cleanest breeds.
Labradors are the muckiest pooches of all, according to the data, with Great Danes and German Shepherds rounding off top three scruffiest pups.
At the other end of the scale, pint-sized Chihuahuas were found to be the cleanest breed, followed by Shih Tzus and Beagles.
TOP FIVE MESSIEST DOG BREEDS
TOP FIVE CLEANEST DOG BREEDS
*Figures based on a survey of pet owners
To celebrate the nation’s muckiest pups, Dr. Beckmann has launched the first-ever Mucky Pet Awards, with owners invited to submit pictures of their dirty dogs (or even filthy felines!) to be in with a chance of winning one of five Dr. Beckmann hampers.
Chloe Baker, Dr. Beckmann spokesperson, said: "It's time to embrace the joy and chaos of life with our beloved four-legged friends. And this year it's Labradors that take the cake - sometimes literally!
"At Dr. Beckmann, we understand the trials of pet ownership, and that's why we're here to help. Our discounted Pet Stain & Odour Remover is your secret weapon against the messiest of mishaps.
"And as a nation of proud pet owners, let's celebrate the charm of our mucky pups! Join the Mucky Pet Awards by sharing your adorable chaos-makers on social media and enter our competition using #DrBMuckyPets and tagging @drbeckmannuk."