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Number of dogs in Italy 2014-2019

In 2019, dog population in Italy amounted to approximately seven 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. 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.

Number of dogs in Italy from 2014 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2014 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures from FEDIAF and its member associations, pet food companies and estimations based thereupon when indicated.
Figures refer to pet animals. Excludes strays.
Data prior to 2019 from earlier publication by the source.

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