Estimated pet population in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2009 to 2017 (in millions)

Pet population in the United Kingdom (UK) 2009-2017 This statistic shows the estimated population size of all pets in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2009 to 2017. Over the last two years the number of pets in the UK has declined. The pet population peaked in 2013 at 70 million, but as of 2017 is estimated to be around 54 million. The most popular pet in the United Kingdom is the dog, with 24 percent of people owning one. The least popular pet is the indoor bird with zero percent of the population owning one.
The United Kingdom is a nation of pet lovers, with 44 percent of the population owning some sort of animal. With such as high percentage of ownership, this means there is a big market for other essentials such as pet food and accessories. This Statista forecast shows the prepared pet food industry has grown significantly over the last ten years, with 2017 showing a revenue of 3 billion U.S. dollars.
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Population size in millions**
200966
201065
201164
201267
201371
201465
201558
201657
201754
Population size in millions**
200966
201065
201164
201267
201371
201465
201558
201657
201754

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This statistic shows the estimated population size of all pets in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2009 to 2017. Over the last two years the number of pets in the UK has declined. The pet population peaked in 2013 at 70 million, but as of 2017 is estimated to be around 54 million. The most popular pet in the United Kingdom is the dog, with 24 percent of people owning one. The least popular pet is the indoor bird with zero percent of the population owning one.
The United Kingdom is a nation of pet lovers, with 44 percent of the population owning some sort of animal. With such as high percentage of ownership, this means there is a big market for other essentials such as pet food and accessories. This Statista forecast shows the prepared pet food industry has grown significantly over the last ten years, with 2017 showing a revenue of 3 billion U.S. dollars.
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Release date
April 2017
Region
United Kingdom
Survey time period
2007 to 2017
Number of respondents
8000*
Age group
Method of interview
Face-to-face interview
Supplementary notes
* Estimates based on average responses over two years (i.e. for 2016, over 4,000 people were interviewed over last two years, giving an effective sample of over 8,000). Sample sizes varied for each year: n (2016) = over 8,000; n (2015) = 8353; n (2014) = 6,000; n (2013) = 2,000; 2011 and 2012 not given.
** Rounded estimates based on rolling totals over two years.
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