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Fascinating Facts: the Pets We Own

Did you know…

  • Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world – with 63% of us owning pets.
  • This isn’t as high as the USA who are sitting at 70%, and definitely a step away from the top pet owning country – Argentina who have 82% of their population owning pets!

  • In Australia, the most common furry friend is a dog – 39% of people own a dog and there are an estimated 4.2 million pet dogs in the country. That’s almost as many pet dogs as there are people living in Queensland. Or 19 pet dogs owned for every 100 people in Australia. Clearly Australia is a dog-loving country!
  • Coming in second place for pet ownership is our feline friends – cats are owned by 29% of people in Australia. There are estimated to be 3.3 million pet cats in Australia – which is 15 cats per 100 people. Twice as many pet cats owned, than there are people in South Australia.
  • NSW and Victoria being the more densely populated states (59% of the country’s population), account for 60% of pet ownership.
  • Australian households are spending quite a bit of money on their pets – $12.2 billion annually on pet products and services. This is an increase of 42% from 2013 to 2016.¬†About a third of that expenditure is on food but closely followed by vet fees. Dogs generally cost more than cats – $7 billion spent on dogs versus about $4 billion on cats.
  • Dogs and cats might be the most popular but the most numerous pets owned are fish and birds – at 8.7 million and 4.2 million respectively.

  • And not forgetting the 2.5 million ‘other’ pets we own in Australia – including 537,000 small mammals and 415,000 reptiles.

Whereabouts do you live and what pets do you own?

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