Cat and dog owning households in Spain 2010-2018

Among the wide variety of animals kept as pets, cats and dogs are the most common. In Spain, dogs seem to be the most popular pet, with 24 percent of Spanish households owing at least one canine in 2018. The share of households that owned a cat experienced an ongoing decrease over the recent years, falling to 11 percent in 2018 down from a 21 percent in 2010.

Dogs: Spain’s favorite domestic animal

  The popularity of dogs in Spain cannot be denied – the number of hounds has only increased in the last years, reaching figures of approximately 6.3 million in 2017. The number of stray and street dogs recused on the Spanish streets also saw a considerable drop over recent times, falling from 108.3 thousand dogs in 2013 down to 104.8 thousand in 2017.

The situation of pet cats in Spain

  Spanish homes had around 3.1 million pet cats in 2017, which is about half the number of that of dogs the same year. The number of rescued stray or street felines was also significantly lower compared to dogs, with approximately 33.5 thousand cats collected from Spanish streets in 2017. The fate of rescued street and stray pets normally has a happy ending, with nearly half of them adopted by a new family and 18 percent returned to their original homes that year. Only 2 percent of all rescued dogs and cats were put down in 2017.

Share of households owning at least one cat or dog in Spain from 2010 to 2018

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Release date

June 2018



Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

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

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