Pet population in the United Kingdom (UK) 2009-2018

Estimated pet population in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2009 to 2018** (in millions)

by Tugba Sabanoglu, last edited Apr 4, 2018
Pet population in the United Kingdom (UK) 2009-2018 This statistic shows the estimated population size of all pets in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2009 to 2018. Over the last five years the number of pets in the UK has declined. The pet population peaked in 2013 at 71 million, but as of 2018 is estimated to be around 51 million. The most popular pet in the United Kingdom is the dog, with 26 percent of people owning one. The least popular pet type is mice with only 00.3 percent of the population owning one.

The United Kingdom is a nation of pet lovers, with 45 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. In 2017 dog and cat food alone had an estimated market value of 2.5 billion British pounds.
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Estimated pet population in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2009 to 2018** (in millions)

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