How many dog and cat owners are there in the United States?

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According to the AVMA (1),  there are more than 72 million pet dogs in the U.S. and nearly 82 million pet cats.


A little more than 43 million households own dogs and nearly 37.5 million households own cats. The average number of dogs per household is 1.7.
Cat owning households have an average of 2.2 cats.

Percent of households owning dogs           37.2%
Number of households owning dogs           43,021,000
Average number owned per household        1.7
Total number in the U.S.                            72,114,000

Percent of households owning cats             32.4%
Number of households owning cats             37,460,000
Average number owned per household         2.2
Total number in the U.S.                            81,721,000

The following statistics (2)  are taken from the APPMA 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey.

In the U.S. there are around 74.8 million owned dogs.
39% of U.S. households own at least one dog
63% of dog owners own one dog
25% of dog owners own two dogs
12% of dog owners own three or more dogs
On average, owners have almost two dogs (1.7)

In the U.S. there are roughly 88.3 million owned cats.
Almost 34% of U.S. households or 38.4 million own at least one cat
56% of cat owners have more than one cat
On average, owners have two cats (2.3)


According to the 2011-2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 millions homes.

Number of U.S. Households that Own a Dog or Cat (millions) (3)
Cat              38.9
Dog             46.3

Total Number of Dog or Cats Owned in the U.S. (millions)
Cat             86.4
Dog            78.2   (3)

(1) AVMA
(2) Statistics
(3) Trends


More information

List of websites that are related to dogs
Advertising Spend and Commerce Spend – Pets
Common animal names
How to build a dog kennel.
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  • Rachel says:

    These are wonderful Statistics. They will help me alot with my report. Thanks for applying these to your website. I will tell all my friends. we are all doing the same report! Thnak you again!

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