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Pet Ownership Statistics

Posted Jan 27 2009 8:08pm

It's no secret that the pet industry has exploded in recent years. A study by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) shows just how much the industry has grown.

According to the 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey, 63% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 71.1 millions homes.

In 1988, the first year the survey was conducted, 56% of U.S. households owned a pet as compared to 63% in 2006.

Breakdown of pet ownership in the U.S. according to the 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey:

Number of U.S. Households that Own a Pet (millions)

Bird 6.4

Cat 38.4

Dog 44.8

Equine 4.3

Freshwater Fish 14.2

Saltwater Fish .8

Reptile 4.8

Small Animal 6.0

Total Number of Pets Owned in the U.S. (millions)

Bird 16

Cat 88.3

Dog 74.8

Equine 13.8

Freshwater Fish 142.0

Saltwater Fish 9.6

Reptile 13.4

Small Animal 24.3

* Ownership statistics are gathered from APPMA’s 2007/2008 National Pet Owners

What is interesting is that there are more homes that own dogs, but overall more cats are owned. So, for a majority of people who own a cat, they have more then one. Another interesting study would be the average and median of how many pets are owned per household that has at least one.


Trackposted to Outside the Beltway, Blog @, Cao's Blog, The Amboy Times, Leaning Straight Up, and The World According to Carl, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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