Fun and Useless Facts about US Pets

Posted by CYNDI JENSEN on

OK, sometimes I  geek out over random facts -  I just like knowing things.  So I thought some of you might be interested too.  Did you know...

  • 36.5% of all US households own one or more dogs
  • 30.4% households own one or more cats
  • On average, if you have dogs you will spend $378 per year, while cat owners will only spend $191 - and bird owners only spend $33
  • 3.3 million dogs will go into shelters this year, as well as 3.2 million cats
  • Only 3.2 million animals will get adopted this year, and 1.5 million will be euthanized

  • About 710,000 animals in shelters each year are lost animals that are eventually returned to their owners.
  • Only 23% of dogs are adopted through a shelter or rescue, while 66% are purchased through a breeder or other source.
  • More freshwater fish are owned in the US than either cats or dogs
    • 139 million fresh water fish
    • 94 million cats
    • 89 million dogs
  • In 2017, Americans spent more than $69 Billion on their pets

  • In 2014 Baby Boomers accounted for the largest segments of dog, cat and bird owners, the current data for 2018 shows that Gen Y has supplanted Baby Boomers as the largest group of owners of these pets.
  • 46% of pet-owning homes have multiple types of pets with 32% of those being dog/cat combinations.
  • 43% of dog owners have some sort of electronic tracking device for their dog
  • 10% of dog owners and 5% of cat owners have health insurance for their pets
  • 48% of dogs owners will give their pets Christmas presents

  • 11% of dog owners and 5% of cat owners hold birthday parties for their pets.
  • The most popular boy dog names in 2018 are Charlie, Max, Cooper, Buddy, Jack, Rocky, Oliver, Bear, Duke, & Tucker
  • The most popular girl dog names in 2018 are Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Luna, Lola, Sadie, Molly, Maggie, Bailey, & Sophie


  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Insurance Information Institute
  • American Pet Products Association

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