We love our dogs in New Jersey, but when it comes to 'dog owning homes', we're lower on the list than you might think.

Believe it or not, less than a third of the homes in New Jersey are homes that include a dog. According to a report at 24/7 Wall St., only 32.4% of Garden State homes are dog owning households.

That seems like a surprisingly low number, and so is our state ranking. New Jersey ranks 39th in the nation. The dog population in our state is 1.7 million.

The number of dog owning households, though, is not necessarily a direct relation to how much we love dogs, since there are many reasons a household would not have a dog. Many households may love dogs but be unable to have one.

According to the report, the American Veterinary Medical Association says that the national average of households with dogs is 36.5%, so New Jersey is not that far off the average. By the way, 30.4% of households in the nation own cats.

The lowest dog owning state was Massachusetts (23.6%), and the highest dog owning state was Arkansas at 47.9%.

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