Number of dogs in the European Union in 2017, by country (in 1000s)

Number of dogs in the European Union 2017, by country This statistic presents the number of pet dogs in the European Union by country, as of 2017. Germany ranked highest with a dog population of approximately 9.2 million in 2017, followed by the United Kingdom (UK) with 8.65 million. The number of dogs in Europe has seen a notable increase since 2010, with the number of dogs significantly increasing by more than eleven million from 2010 to 2017. The total amount of number dogs reported in 2017 was estimated at 85 million.

As the statistic shows, the United Kingdom is the leading European country for dogs, with over half of dogs owners owning a pedigree dog. This term defines a dog that has a traceable ancestry and breeding line. This may be useful to pet owners when looking for an animal with good health conditioning, or if the owner is interested in a very specific look for the dog. Pedigree dogs are predominantly bread for purchase.
In Romania, at least 46 percent of the population own one dog at home, this is nearly double that of the United Kingdom where 24 percent of the population own a dog.
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Number of dogs in thousands
Germany 9,200
United Kingdom 8,650
Poland 7,550
France 7,400
Italy 6,970
Spain 6,270
Romania 4,130
Czechia2,150
Portugal 2,050
Hungary 2,050
Netherlands 1,540
Belgium 1,315
Slovakia 910
Sweden 880
Finland 800
Bulgaria 740
Lithuania 700
Greece 660
Austria 640
Denmark 590
Ireland 450
Slovenia 270
Latvia 260
Estonia 200
Number of dogs in thousands
Germany 9,200
United Kingdom 8,650
Poland 7,550
France 7,400
Italy 6,970
Spain 6,270
Romania 4,130
Czechia2,150
Portugal 2,050
Hungary 2,050
Netherlands 1,540
Belgium 1,315
Slovakia 910
Sweden 880
Finland 800
Bulgaria 740
Lithuania 700
Greece 660
Austria 640
Denmark 590
Ireland 450
Slovenia 270
Latvia 260
Estonia 200
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This statistic presents the number of pet dogs in the European Union by country, as of 2017. Germany ranked highest with a dog population of approximately 9.2 million in 2017, followed by the United Kingdom (UK) with 8.65 million. The number of dogs in Europe has seen a notable increase since 2010, with the number of dogs significantly increasing by more than eleven million from 2010 to 2017. The total amount of number dogs reported in 2017 was estimated at 85 million.

As the statistic shows, the United Kingdom is the leading European country for dogs, with over half of dogs owners owning a pedigree dog. This term defines a dog that has a traceable ancestry and breeding line. This may be useful to pet owners when looking for an animal with good health conditioning, or if the owner is interested in a very specific look for the dog. Pedigree dogs are predominantly bread for purchase.
In Romania, at least 46 percent of the population own one dog at home, this is nearly double that of the United Kingdom where 24 percent of the population own a dog.
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Release date
June 2018
Region
Europe
Survey time period
2017
Supplementary notes
Figures refer to pet animals. Excludes strays.

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