Cat and dog owning households in Denmark 2010-2019

In selected years from 2010 to 2019, the share of Danes owning cats and dogs generally increased. Noticeable is, that from 2010 to 2014, more people were dog owners (around 21 percent) than cat owners (around 18 percent). This changed in the following years to 26 percent having cats and approximately 23 percent having dogs. By comparison, in the neighboring country Sweden, there were always more households with cats than dogs in the same years.

 Cat and dog population in Denmark 

In numbers, the cat population decreased slightly from 673 thousand in 2010 to 670 thousand animals in 2019. However, the dog population grew in the same period from 580 thousand to 670 thousand.

 Cat and dog population in Sweden

The number of cats as well as the number of dogs increased in recent years. As of 2019, the cat population was measured at approximately 1.48 million animals and the dog population at 890 thousand animals.

Share of households owning at least one cat or dog in Denmark in selected years from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Special properties

Refers to pet animals, excl. strays

Supplementary notes

Some figures have been taken from previous publications.

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