Leading pets owned by households in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018/19

This statistic shows a ranking of the leading pets owned by households in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018 and 2019, based on running totals sourced over two years. The most popular individual pet owned in the United Kingdom is the dog, with 25 percent of people owning one.
In total, 40 percent of the UK population own a pet . Over 90 percent of pet owners in the UK say that owning a pet makes them feel happy and 88 percent feel that pet ownership improves their overall quality of 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 2.5 billion British pounds in 2017.

Leading pets, ranked by household ownership in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018/19

Share of households
Any pet40%
Dogs25%
Cats17%
Rabbits1%
Indoor Birds1%
Guinea pigs1%
Hamsters1%
Tortoises and Turtles0.7%
Lizards0.6%
Domestic fowl0.4%
Snakes0.4%
Horses and ponies0.3%
Rats0.1%
Ferrets0.1%
Gerbils0.2%
People keep insects0.1%
Pigeons0.1%
Frogs and toads0.1%
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Sources

Release date

September 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2018 to 2019*

Number of respondents

8,000*

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* The source makes the following note: "Over the last two years a sample of over 4,000 people have been interviewed. In order to further reduce statistical uncertainty, survey results are averaged over 2 years, giving an effective sample of over 8,000 people."
Date of release is date of access.

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