Number of dogs in Italy 2014-2018

Number of pet dogs* in Italy from 2014 to 2018 (in 1000s)

by Statista Research Department, last edited Oct 23, 2019
Number of dogs in Italy 2014-2018 In 2018, pet dog population in Italy amounted to approximately 7 million, a figure that remained stable throughout the period considered. A more detailed analysis of the number of pet dogs in Italy showed that Lombardy was the region with the highest number of dogs registered at the canine registry.
Favorite pet animals

Even though bird and cat populations were larger than dogs’ population in Italy, according to a survey conducted in 2018, dogs were Italians’ favorite pet friends. In fact, over 60 percent of Italians picked dogs as their preferred pet animal, while only about 39 percent indicated cats as their preference. Italians also appeared to be the least likely to leave their dog alone. According to a survey conducted among dog owners in Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom, over 60 percent of Italian dog owners claimed that they never left their dogs alone.

Pet food and pet care

The love of Italians for their pet friends is reflected in the amount of money they invest in them: in 2017, 15 percent of Italians spent between 50 and 100 euros monthly for their pet. Moreover, sales of dog food in Italy reached a value close to one billion euros in 2017, a figure which exceeded two billion euros when also adding sales of cat food.
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Number of pet dogs* in Italy from 2014 to 2018 (in 1000s)

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