Cat and dog owning households in the Netherlands 2010-2019

The Dutch are pet-loving people. In 2019, nearly 20 percent of Dutch households owned a pet dog. Cats were even more popular. That year, out of every four households in the Netherlands, one had a pet cat. In neighboring country Belgium too, cats were more popular than dogs. Here 24 percent of the households had a pet dog, vs. 27 percent owning a cat.

 Pet dog and pet cat population 

  Between 2010 and 2019, the pet dog population in the Netherlands slightly increased. At its peak in 2014, there were over 2.5 million pet dogs in the country. By 2019, the Dutch pet dog population reached just over 1.7 million. Although impressive in size, the number of dogs in the Netherlands was significantly smaller than the number of cats. In 2019, there were nearly three million pet cats living in the Netherlands.

Popularity of pets

  A 2016 survey found that over half of the Dutch households had at least one pet. Cats and dogs were the most popular pets, but a smaller share of households also had fish. According to this survey, roughly one in ten households kept pet fish.

Share of households owning at least one cat or dog in the Netherlands from 2010 to 2019

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2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures refer to pet animals. Excludes strays.
Data for 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 was published in previous FEDIAF reports.

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