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Cat and dog owning households in Romania 2010-2019

Over the observed period, the share of households owning at least one cat increased from 42 percent in 2010 to 47 percent in 2020. By contrast, the share of households owning at least one dog varied. More specifically, if in 2018 42 percent of households owned a dog, the number increased to 46 percent by 2019.

Cat and dog population in Romania

The highest number of pet dogs in Romania was registered in 2010, at approximately 4.17 million dogs. This peak was followed by a drop and only increased to 4.15 million pet dogs as of 2019. Nevertheless, Animax Petshop in Romania outlined that out of the total number of pet dogs, between one million and 1.5 million were adopted from foster places or from the streets. However, the opposite tendency was registered for the Romanian people’s preferences regarding cat pets. If in 2010 there were approximately 3.9 million cat pets in Romania, the number increased to 4.3 million as of 2019.

Treating farm animals with antibiotics

According to a survey realized at the request of the European Commission on Antimicrobial Resistance, 73 percent of Romanian respondents were not aware that using antibiotics to stimulate growth in farm animals was forbidden within the EU. In spite of this, most respondents believed that sick farmed animals should be treated with antibiotics, regardless of their potential side effects, if this was the most appropriate treatment.

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

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures refer to pet animals. Excludes strays.
Data for 2010 to 2017 is published in previous reports by the source.

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