Lesbians Who Share Dog Custody With Ex’s
- Survey Visits: 389
- Survey’s Completed: 159
Have you ever adopted, purchased, or acquired a dog with a female partner?
At what point in your relationship did you get a dog?
- 0-3 months ~ 3%
- 4-6 months ~ 9%
- 7 -11 months ~ 14%
- 1-3 years ~ 39%
- 4+ years ~ 9%
- Does not apply ~ 25%
What was the reason you wanted to adopt or purchase a dog with your partner?
- My partner wanted one ~ 28%
- I wanted one ~ 14%
- We both wanted one ~ 50%
- To feel like we “own” something together ~ 8%
In years one through three, 58% of lesbians report getting a dog because they both wanted one. This seems to be the most common reason and the most frequently reported time frame for getting one.
Interestingly, 18% of women who state the reason they got a dog was because their partner wanted one say they have kept, or will keep, the dog in the event of a separation, with 60% stating the partner wanting the dog keeps the dog, and 17% report joint custody of the dog.
In how many different relationships have you acquired a new dog with a female partner?
- 0 ~ 35%
- 1 ~ 39%
- 2 ~ 22%
- 3 ~ 4%
- 4+ ~ 1%
Who retained custody of the dog, or will retain custody of the dog, if there is a break up?
- I will keep, or have kept the dog ~ 24%
- She will keep, or has kept, the dog ~ 25%
- WE would have, or do have, joint custody 11%
- I have experienced both situations where have gotten the dog, and I have lost the dog ~ 12%
- Break up? We are in it for the U-Haul…I mean the long haul ~ 28%
Interesting observation: of those reporting they are in it for the long haul, 18% are in their first relationship, 27% are in their second relationship, 43% are in their 3rd to 5th relationship, 9% are in their 6th to 10th relationship and 2% are in their 11th or more relationship. Relationship optimism seems most prevalent among those in their 3rd to 5th relationship.
How many lesbian relationships have you had?
- 0 ~ 0%
- 1 ~ 11%
- 2 ~ 16%
- 3-5 ~ 55%
- 6-10 ~ 16%
- 11+ ~ 3%
What is your age?
- 18-24 ~ 18%
- 25-34 ~ 18%
- 35-44 ~ 23%
- 45-54 ~ 30%
- 55+ ~ 10%