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Monday, January 30, 2017

What is the dog population worldwide?

There is no easy answer for this question; estimating the dog population in households (pets) is more or less a settled issue, but when we are talking about dogs roaming freely worldwide (stray dogs), counting them is both hard and unreliable. The best-known statistics for global dog population comes from the dog food industry. Looking to find out about how profitable this industry would be in particular countries, research groups were employed to take census of pet dogs in those countries. Most statistics accepted globally come specifically from these research groups. According to worldatlas, countries with most dogs worldwide (combined stray dogs with pets) rank as follows (five top countries):
  1. USA = 75.8 million
  2. Brazil = 35.7 million
  3. China = 27.4 million
  4. Russia = 15.0 million
  5. Japan = 12 million
In positions six to 10 we get the following countries: Philippines (11.6 million), India (10.2 million), Argentina (9.2 million), France (7.4 million), and Romania (4.1 million).

The most heartbreaking statistic that we can get is how big the stray dog problem is globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than 200 million stray dogs across the planet.

As pets, dogs are the most popular: 33% of households worldwide include one or more dogs, 23% include at least one cat, and 12% go for fish. Ranked at the top three countries are: Argentina with 82% of households having a dog, Mexico ((81%), and Brazil with 76%. For dogs, USA ranks fifth in pet ownership with 50%; for cats, we rank third with 39%. (For complete statistics, click here.)

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