Leading pets, ranked by household ownership in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017

Leading pets owned by households in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017 This statistic shows a ranking of the leading pets owned by households in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017, based on running totals sourced over two years. The most popular individual pet owned in the United Kingdom is the dog, with 24 percent of people owning one. The least owned common pet is the indoor bird, with zero percent of the population owning one. In total however, 44 percent of the UK population own a pet . This figure increased by four percent since 2016. The main reason for owning a pet in the United Kingdom comes down to companionship, and 85 percent of people feel that owning a pet will improve their overall life.
With such as high ownership of pets in the United Kingdom, this leads the path for retailers in a growing and dynamic market. Pet food has a key role to play, with dog and cat food alone estimated at 2.4 billion British pounds in 2016.
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Share of pet owning households
Any Pet44%
Indoor fish8%
Outdoor fish5%
Dogs24%
Cats17%
Rabbits2%
Indoor Birds0
Reptiles1.5%
Domestic Fowl1%
Guinea Pigs2%
Hamsters1%
Share of pet owning households
Any Pet44%
Indoor fish8%
Outdoor fish5%
Dogs24%
Cats17%
Rabbits2%
Indoor Birds0
Reptiles1.5%
Domestic Fowl1%
Guinea Pigs2%
Hamsters1%

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This statistic shows a ranking of the leading pets owned by households in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017, based on running totals sourced over two years. The most popular individual pet owned in the United Kingdom is the dog, with 24 percent of people owning one. The least owned common pet is the indoor bird, with zero percent of the population owning one. In total however, 44 percent of the UK population own a pet . This figure increased by four percent since 2016. The main reason for owning a pet in the United Kingdom comes down to companionship, and 85 percent of people feel that owning a pet will improve their overall life.
With such as high ownership of pets in the United Kingdom, this leads the path for retailers in a growing and dynamic market. Pet food has a key role to play, with dog and cat food alone estimated at 2.4 billion British pounds in 2016.
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Release date
April 2017
Region
United Kingdom
Survey time period
2015 to 2017*
Number of respondents
8000*
Method of interview
Face-to-face interview
Supplementary notes
* Over 4,000 people interviewed over two years. The results show the average over this period.

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