Pet Population 2013

Every year the PFMA commissions the well respected Pet Population report, which looks in detail at pet ownership trends.  In 2013 it is estimated that 13 million (45% of) households have pets.  The pet population has increased by 4 million to almost 71 million – including fish.

Below is a list of the top ten UK pets in 2013. On the right hand side of the page you can find links to Pet Population Abroad (EU and USA) and under Historical Pet Population you can find figures on Regional Pet Ownership and Cats and Dogs by Breed.

Top Ten Pets for 2013 (based on running totals over two years)

1. Fish kept in tanks: 20 - 25 million (9% of households)

2. Fish kept in ponds: 20 - 25 million (6% of households)

3. Dogs: 8.5 million (25% of households)

4. Cats: 8.5 million (19% of households)

5. Rabbits: 1 million (3% of households)

6. Caged birds: 1 million (1.9% of households)

7. Domestic fowl: 1 million (0.9% of households)

8. Guinea Pigs: Half a million (0.6% of households)

9. Hamsters: Half a million (1.5% of households)

10. Horses and ponies: 400,000 (1.1% of households)

 

Other popular pets are Lizards (400,000 / 0.9% of households), snakes (300,000 / 0.6% of households), tortoises and turtles (300,000 / 0.7% of households), frogs and toads (200,000 / 0.1% of households), pigeons (200,000 / 0.3% of households), newts/salamanders (200,000 / 0.2% of households), gerbils (100,000 / 0.1% of households) rats, insects and mice were the least popular in our report (100,000 for each / 0.3% of households total).

Research Details

  • Face-to-face interviews with over 2,000 adults, aged 16+

  • Nationally representative of households in UK

  • Conducted by TNS