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Cat and dog owning households in Italy 2010-2019

In 2019, 24 percent of Italian households owned at least one dog. In that year, the share of households owning at least one cat was lower, amounting to 18 percent. When compared to the European average, dog ownership in Italy is in line with the rest of the continent. On the other hand, the estimated share of European households owning a cat was 25 percent in 2018, seven percent higher than Italy.

Pet dogs in Europe

In 2019, the dog population in Italy amounted to approximately seven million (excluding strays), making it the one of the largest in the European Union. Germany ranked highest with a dog population of approximately 9.4 million, followed by the United Kingdom with nine million. While the number of pet dogs in Italy has remained stable since 2014, it increased steadily in Europe and was estimated at 85 million in 2018.

Pet cats in Europe

When considering cats, Italy was home to approximately 7.3 million cats (excluding strays) in 2019, the fourth largest population in Europe after Germany, France and the United Kingdom. As for dogs, the cat population in Italy also remained stable since 2014. Again, as for dogs, the cat population increased steadily in Europe, reaching almost 104 million in 2018, which means there is approximately one cat for every five individuals on the continent.

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

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2014 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures refer to pet animals. Excludes strays.
Data prior to 2019 from earlier publications by the source.

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