In 2006, the last time the AVMA put together the sourcebook, the Natural State ranked 7th with 48.8 percent of households owning a dog.
The survey is conducted by the AVMA every five years and always includes a breakdown of pet ownership by state.
Rounding out the rest of the top dog owning states New Mexico with 46 percent, Kentucky with 45.9 percent, Missouri with 45.9 percent, West Virginia with 45.8 percent, Mississippi with 45.2 percent, Alabama with 44.1 percent, Tennessee with 44.1 percent, Texas with 44 percent, and Oklahoma with 43.2 percent.
So who's got less love for the canine persuasion?
The bottom 10 states in 2011 for dog ownership are: Illinois where 32.4 percent of households owned a dog, New Jersey with 32.4 percent, Minnesota with 31.9 percent, Maryland with 30.8 percent, New Hampshire with 30.3 percent, Utah with 29.4 percent, Rhode Island with 29.3 percent, New York with 29 percent, Connecticut with 28.3 percent, and Massachusetts with 23.6 percent.
And The District of Columbia has the least doggie love, it seems.Dog owners make up only 13.1% of the population.