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Number of pets in Germany 2000-2019, by type of animal

Almost 15 million cats lived in German households as of 2019, making it the most represented animal among pet owners in the country. Dogs followed, and then various small animals. In terms of pet household size, it was a pretty even split between single ones, two residents and three or more.

Cat nation

Choosing a pet, or, indeed, deciding to get one, depends on various factors besides just personal preference. One of the reasons there are more cats recorded as pets than dogs in Germany might be the long-standing dog tax, so owning a cat might be a better option for some from a financial point of view, as well as cats being easier to look after for those who spend the majority of their week away at work. Among EU countries, Germany had the highest cat population, and the same was true for dogs, though there were roughly 4.5 thousand fewer dogs than cats.

Pet food and supplies

Keeping a pet leads to several types of regular costs, such as buying pet food, supplies and visits to the vet. Revenues from cat food were highest. Pet food was also bought for ornamental fish, exotic birds and small mammals. The majority of pet owners still get their supplies in brick-and-mortar stores, though a growing number are doing so online.

Number of pets in households in Germany from 2000 to 2019 by type of animal

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Incl. ornamental fish.

. Prior-year figures were taken from earlier publications by the source. In 2000, the source subsumed data on "garden ponds" and "terrariums" under "small animals".

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