//A Guide to Worldwide Pet Ownership

A Guide to Worldwide Pet Ownership

A Guide to Worldwide Pet Ownership

Over the years, pets have evolved from being a strange and wonderful distraction to an integral part of families all over the world. As human populations have grown, so too have pet populations, and with so many pets on the planet it’s fascinating to see just how this population is dispersed.

It’s no surprise that man’s best friend, the dog, is the most loved household pet, but did you know fish and birds were a close second? What drives certain countries to be so pet obsessed, while others are seemingly uninterested? Did you know that Brazilians love small dogs while Saudis prefer the bigger breeds?

Read on to learn which nations have the world’s largest populations of dogs, cats, birds, and fish, and some other interesting pet facts from around the world.

Brazil35,800,000

TOP 20
DOG POPULATIONS
dog
USA69,929,000
China27,400,000
Russia12,520,000
Japan12,000,000
Philippines11,600,000
India10,200,000
Argentina9,200,000
UK9,000,000
France7,570,000
South Africa7,400,000
Poland7,311,000
Italy7,000,000
Germany5,300,000
Ethiopia5,000,000
Spain4,720,000
Romania4,166,000
Australia3,700,000
Czech Republic3,152,000
Hungary2,856,000
TOP 20
CAT POPULATIONS
cat
USA74,059,000
China53,100,000
Russia17,800,000
Brazil12,466,000
France11,480,000
Germany8,200,000
UK8,000,000
Italy7,400,000
Ukraine7,350,000
Japan7,300,000
Poland5,550,000
Romania3,891,000
Spain3,385,000
Argentina3,000,000
Netherlands2,877,000
Hungary2,240,000
Australia2,200,000
South Africa2,000,000
Belgium1,884,100
Czech Republic1,750,000
TOP 20
BIRD POPULATIONS
bird
Brazil191,001,000
Italy13,000,000
USA8,300,000
Australia7,800,000
France6,200,000
Netherlands4,490,000
Spain3,718,000
Germany3,500,000
Russia2,800,000
Belgium2,700,000
Poland1,300,000
UK1,000,000
Greece980,000
Portugal640,000
New Zealand527,000
Hungary445,000
Switzerland383,000
Sweden322,000
Austria281,000
Romania264,000
TOP 20
FISH POPULATIONS
fish
USA57,750,000
France37,300,000
Brazil26,500,000
Australia20,500,000
UK20,000,000
Germany2,000,000
New Zealand1,678,000
Italy1,540,000
Russia770,000
Netherlands708,000
Sweden262,000
Poland231,000
Spain170,000
Switzerland169,000
Belgium146,000
Romania96,000
Portugal74,000
Austria71,000
Hungary58,000
Greece38,000

pet-facts

    • Americans spend
      over $50 billion
      per annum on
      their pets.
    • 27% of American
      pet owners admit
      to having had professional
      photographs taken of their pets.2
    • 36% of Americans
      give their dog
      birthday presents.
    • 9 in 10 Americans say
      they consider
      their pet to
      be a part
      of their
      family.
    • More than half of all Americans
      have a dog or a cat in their home.
    • 555,000
      households in
      the United States
      have a pet snake.
    • Pet ownership in the US
      has more
      than tripled
      since the
      1970s.
    • Half of all pet owners in the USA
      admit to
      talking to
      their pets.
    • Romania has the world’s most
      balanced pet population, with 45%
      of households owning dogs and
      45% of households owning cats.
    • While Switzerland’s dog
      population is shrinking, India
      has the fastest growing dog
      population in the world.
    • Norwegians spend the most
      money feeding their dogs, totalling
      roughly $629 a year, while
      Vietnamese spend the least.
    • Fish are the most
      popular pet
      in the UK.
    • Brazil has the highest
      number of small dogs per
      capita in the world.
    • 68% of New Zealand households
      own a pet, higher than
      any other country on
      the planet.
    • Saudi Arabia has the world’s
      highest proportion of big
      dogs, with 70% of their
      dog population belonging
      to a large breed.
    • 92% of Aussie cats
      and 76% of
      Aussie dogs
      are kept
      indoors.
    • 83% of Australians
      have had a pet at
      some point in
      their lives.
    • 53% of Aussies
      without
      a pet would
      like to own one.
  • Australian pet owners visit their doctors
    less than non pet owners, and they also
    recover from illness faster.
  • In Australia, 20% of Gen Y pet owners
    have pet insurance, compared
    to 12% of their baby boomer
    counterparts.
Why is it important to have pet insurance?

For us humans, as well as our cats and dogs, life can be unpredictable. This means that at any time in his life your beloved four- legged friend can suddenly fall ill, or sustain an accidental injury. If this happens, you want to be able to give your pet the care he needs and deserves.

With Pet Insurance in place you can have the peace of mind knowing that you will be able to afford vet fees if something unexpectedly goes wrong and you won’t have to worry about borrowing money, dipping into your savings or even worse being faced with a hard financially based decision about the treatment that you can give your pet.

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Liz Walden

Liz has a passion for all things cat and dog, and was one of the first in Australia to bring Pet Insurance to the market. She has headed up Petsecure marketing for the past 10 years, and is committed to promoting and supporting the amazing work done by rescue groups around Australia, and those who work to promote a better life for all animals
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