Pet population in Europe 2018, by animal type

Cats and dogs are European households’ favorite animals to keep, although more unconventional choices such as reptiles and small mammals are chosen as pets in high numbers too. In 2018, the population of pet cats in Europe was over 103 million. Germany and France were the two countries where the number of cats was the highest.

What about dogs?

The number of dogs in Europe was lower than the number of cats, although dogs are a constant presence for a considerable share of Europeans as well. As recently as 2017, about one in five households in Europe owned at least one pet dog. Although dog ownership per household showed a decline compared to previous years, the number of dogs in Europe generally increased.

Pet care in Europe

Pets are invaluable companions to us all, but also predictably tied to a valuable industry. In Western Europe, the market value of pet care was estimated to be on the rise with more growth predicted for the future. Typically, pet care products consist of pet food as well as accessories and veterinary supplies.

Number of pet animals in Europe in 2018, by animal type*

Number of pets in thousands
Cat103,828
Dog85,184
Ornamental bird***50,212
Small mammal***26,794
Aquaria***15,493
Reptiles**7,848
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* "Europe" refers to Member States of the Council of Europe.
** Excludes Baltic States.
*** Excludes Baltic states and Nordic countries.

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