Research

Cats still the most popular pet in Germany

A population of 34.4 mio dogs, cats, small animals and cage birds was recorded in Germany last year, along with a large number of ornamental fish and reptiles. Pets were kept in 45 per cent of all households in Germany. 63 per cent of all families with children had a pet and 22 per cent of all households with pets owned at least two pets.

The cat population totals 14.8 mio, with cats in 23 per cent of German households. Dogs occupy second place, with 9.4 mio dogs living in 19 per cent of households. In third spot are the 5.4 mio small animals kept in 6 per cent of households. The number of cage birds recorded in 2018 was 4.8 mio in four per cent of households.

There were also 1.9 million aquariums in 4 per cent of households and 1.5 mio garden ponds with fish in 3 per cent of German households. The number of reptiles increased by 200 000 to one million.