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Number of dogs in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2019

The change in population of pet dogs in the UK has not been significant, although there are more dogs in the UK now than there were in 2010. In 2019, 9 million of them were cohabiting with their human owners in UK households.  

Dogs more popular than cats

  Dogs are cherished in the United Kingdom – more so than cats. In 2019, pet dogs were more prevalent in the UK with nearly a quarter of households owning at least one, as opposed to households with cats. This was the same in previous years as well.   

More dogs, less households with dogs

  United Kingdom stands out among other European countries thanks to its love of dogs. After Germany, the UK had the highest population of pet dogs in 2019. Germany had 9.4 million pet dogs compared to the UK’s nine million. Neither country fared well when it came to the share of households owning a dog, though. Both the UK and Germany ranked rather low with pet dogs less than a quarter of all households respectively.

Number of pet dogs in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

July 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures refer to pet animals. Excludes strays.
Data for 2010 to 2018 is published in previous reports by the source.

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