Leading pets owned by households in the United Kingdom (UK) 2015-2017, by region

This statistic shows a ranking of the leading pets owned by households in the United Kingdom (UK) between 2015 and 2017, broken down by region. In London, 14 percent of people were cat owners, while 9 percent owned a dog, making this the only region were cats were more popular than dogs.
In total, 45 percent of the UK population own a pet . This figure has increased by five percent since 2016. Over 90 percent of pet owners in the UK say that owning a pet makes them feel happy and 88 percent feel that pet ownership improves their overall quality of life.

With such as high ownership of pets in the United Kingdom, this leads the path for retailers in a growing and dynamic market. Pet food has a key role to play, with dog and cat food alone estimated at 2.5 billion British pounds in 2017.

Share of households owning pets by type and region in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2015 to 2017

Outdoor fishIndoor fishCatsDogsRabbitsGuinea PigsIndoor birdsHamsters
North East4%9%13%31%3%1%2%1%
North West4%8%16%27%2%1%2%1%
East Midlands7%8%19%28%3%2%2%1%
West Midlands6%9%17%26%2%1%2%1%
East of England5%7%19%20%2%1%1%0%
South East7%9%21%23%2%1%2%1%
South West7%7%21%25%2%1%2%1%
Northern Ireland1%10%15%38%0%0%2%1%
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Release date

April 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2015 to 2017

Number of respondents


Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Interviewed over a two year period.

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