Leading pets, ranked by estimated population size in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017/18 (in millions)

Leading pets, by population size in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017/18 This statistic shows the estimated population size of the leading pets in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017 and 2018, based on running totals sourced over two years. Dogs had the largest population at 9 million, with 26 percent of households in the UK owning such pets.
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Population size in millions
Any pet51
Dogs9
Cats8
Rabbits0.9
Domestic fowl0.5
Indoor birds0.5
Guinea pigs0.4
Hamsters0.3
Tortoises and turtles0.3
Lizards0.2
Snakes0.2
Horses and ponies0.2
Rats0.1
Ferrets0.1
Gerbils0.1
People keep insects0.1
Pigeons0.1
Frogs and toads0.1
People keep mice0.05
Population size in millions
Any pet51
Dogs9
Cats8
Rabbits0.9
Domestic fowl0.5
Indoor birds0.5
Guinea pigs0.4
Hamsters0.3
Tortoises and turtles0.3
Lizards0.2
Snakes0.2
Horses and ponies0.2
Rats0.1
Ferrets0.1
Gerbils0.1
People keep insects0.1
Pigeons0.1
Frogs and toads0.1
People keep mice0.05
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This statistic shows the estimated population size of the leading pets in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017 and 2018, based on running totals sourced over two years. Dogs had the largest population at 9 million, with 26 percent of households in the UK owning such pets.
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Release date
2018
Region
United Kingdom
Survey time period
2017 to 2018*
Number of respondents
8000*
Method of interview
Face-to-face interview
Supplementary notes
* Over 4,000 people interviewed over two years. Results show the average over two years.

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