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Number of dogs in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2017

Number of pet dogs in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2017 (in 1000s)

by Tugba Sabanoglu, last edited Jun 26, 2019
Number of dogs in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2017 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 2017, 8.65 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 2017, 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

  the 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 2017. Germany had 9.2 million pet dogs compared to the UK’s 8.65 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 only in 24 and 18 percent of households respectively.
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Number of pet dogs in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2017 (in 1000s)

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by Tugba Sabanoglu, last edited Jun 26, 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 2017, 8.65 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 2017, 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

  the 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 2017. Germany had 9.2 million pet dogs compared to the UK’s 8.65 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 only in 24 and 18 percent of households respectively.
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