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Cat and dog owning households in Turkey 2012-2019

Since 2012, there have been more and more households in Turkey with at least one dog or cat. According to the most recent report published by the European Pet Food Industry, as of 2019, 7 percent of Turkish households have at least one pet dog. This share is slightly higher for those who cohabit with cats at about 10 percent. Nevertheless, compared to other countries in the European Union, this is quite a low ratio.

Cats and dogs inside and outside Turkish households

This is not to say that Turkish households are not friendly with pets, though. In 2018, the estimated number of pet cats and dogs in Turkish households was close to 5 million, yet Turkey is known for its streets accommodating many stray cats (and dogs), loved and looked after by residents, established as a familiar presence citizens’ everyday lives.

Pet food and pet animal stores in Turkey

In Turkey, there are over 14 thousand retail stores where pet animals and pet food are available for purchase. These stores also include and specialize in the sales of flowers, plants, seeds and fertilizers.

Share of households owning at least one cat or dog in Turkey from 2012 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures refer to pet animals. Excludes strays.
Data for 2012 to 2017 is published in previous reports by the source.

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