In the past five years, urban pet population in China has grown by approximately 50 percent. While the ownership of some traditional pets, such as goldfish and birds, dropped, the popularity of furry animals remained high. In 2021, approximately 58 million cats lived under the same roof as humans in China’s urban households, outnumbering dogs for the first time. The ebb of the dog craze was primarily caused by canine control regulations implemented in many Chinese cities, including banning large-breed dogs and curbing dog-walking in the daytime. Ginger colored domestic cats placed highest among all cat breeds for feline admirers in China, according to a popularity poll, while the Siberian Husky was the most popular dog species.
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