Top 10 dog and cat-owning nations in Europe revealed

In their latest report, the European Pet Food Federation (FEDIAF) estimated the number of dogs in cats in Europe in 2017. FEDIAF estimated that at least 80 million European households include at least one pet animal. In the European Union countries, 26 percent of households owned dogs, compared to 24 percent in Europe as a whole.

In 2017, FEDIA estimated that annual sales of pet food in Europe reached a turnover of EUR20.5 billion and a volume of 8.5 million tons. The pet food industry grew 2 percent per year over the last three years. In addition, the federation counted 132 companies producing pet food in Europe in 2017, which operated 200 production facilities.

The top countries for dog ownership were:

  1. Russia – 16,400,000 dogs
  2. Germany – 9,200,000 dogs
  3. United Kingdom – 8,650,000 dogs
  4. Poland – 7,550,000 dogs
  5. France – 7,400,000 dogs
  6. Italy – 6,970,000 dogs
  7. Spain – 6,270,000 dogs
  8. Romania – 4,130,000 dogs
  9. Czech Republic – 2,150,000 dogs
  10. Portugal – 2,050,000 dogs

Total cat population by European country in 2017

  1. Russia – 22,500,000 cats
  2. Germany – 13,700,000 cats
  3. France – 13,500,000 cats
  4. United Kingdom – 7,900,000 cats
  5. Italy – 7,480,000 cats
  6. Poland – 6,100,000 cats
  7. Romania – 4,300,000 cats
  8. Spain – 3,145,000 cats
  9. Netherlands – 2,620,000 cats
  10. Hungary – 2,280,000 cats

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