Number of U.S. pet owning households by species 2019/20

Over 63 million households in the United States owned at least one dog according to a 2019/20 pet owners survey, making them the most widely owned type of pet across the U.S. at this time. Cats and freshwater fish ranked in second and third places, with around 42.7 million and 11.5 million households owning such pets, respectively.

Freshwater vs. salt water fish

Freshwater fish spend most or all their lives in fresh water. Fresh water’s main difference to salt water is the level of salinity. Freshwater fish have a range of physiological adaptations to enable them to live in such conditions. As the statistic makes clear, Americans keep a large number of freshwater aquatic species at home as pets.

American pet owners

In 2019, around 67 percent of all household in the United States owned a pet. This is around a 20 percent increase from 1988. It is no surprise that as more and more households own pets, pet industry expenditure has also witnessed steady growth. Expenditure was estimated to reach around 75.38 billion U.S. dollars by 2019, over a threefold increase from 1998. The majority of pet product sales are still made in brick-and-mortar stores , despite the rise and evolution of e-commerce in the United States.

Number of pet owning households in the United States in 2019/20, by species

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Release date

March 2020


United States

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Supplementary notes

The figures are based on the 2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey.
The source does not provide the publication date. The release date given is the date of access.

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