Every year the PFMA commissions the well respected Pet Population report, which looks in detail at pet ownership trends. The pet population estimates were made over two years, with total sample of 6,000. In 2014 it is estimated that 13 million (46% of) households have pets. The pet population stands at around 65 million – including fish. NEW 2017 data is available.
Below is a list of the top ten UK pets in 2014. 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 2014 (based on running totals over two years)
1. Fish kept in tanks: 20 - 25 million (9% of households)
2. Fish kept in ponds: 20 million (5% of households)
3. Dogs: 9 million (24% of households)
4. Cats: 7.9 million (18% of households)
5. Rabbits: 1 million (2.4% of households)
6. Domestic fowl: 1 million (0.8% of households)
7. Caged birds: 1 million (1.4% of households)
8. Guinea Pigs: Half a million (1.1% of households)
9. Hamsters: 400,000 (1.4% of households)
10. Lizards: 400,000 (0.7% of households)
Other popular pets are horses and ponies (400,000 / 0.3% of households), snakes (400,000 / 0.5% of households), pigeons (300,000 / 0.2% of households), tortoises and turtles (300,000 / 0.6% of households), frogs and toads (100,000 / 0.1% of households), newts/salamanders (100,000 / 0.1% of households), gerbils, rats, mice and insects (100,000 of each and 0.2 for gerbils and 0.1% of households for other populations).
• The pet population estimates were made over two years, with total sample of 6,000
• Nationally representative of households in UK
• Conducted by TNS