Humanity’s longest-running relationship?

While our ancestors hunted with bows and arrows, dogs were by their side as faithful companions. It is thought that the first domestication of dogs may have taken place 16,000 years ago.

In ancient Egypt, people were particularly fond of cats: killing a cat was punishable by death, they were mummified and, when their feline family members died, the entire household would mourn their pet.

Ever since, our love of animals has remained unbroken around the world. For example, every year, consumers spend billions on pet supplies; in Germany alone, this figure is just under 5 billion euros.

Which countries prefer cats, and which prefer dogs? Do pets improve your health? How big is the world’s largest dog? Our latest infographic explores a range of interesting and worthwhile facts on this very topic. Enjoy reading!