The USA Is the Country With the Most Dogs

The USA has the most dogs in the world. Not only do they have the highest number of dogs, they also have more dogs per head of human population than any other country.

Other countries with high dog numbers include the following nations:

  • China
  • Russia
  • Japan
  • India
  • UK
  • France
  • South Africa

Being a dog lover, have you ever wondered what country has the most dogs, and what breeds they are? It’s a hard question to answer because some countries don’t keep any records of dog ownership or stray numbers.

The figures are also difficult to get correct, because it depends on who completes the report for the figures presented. Sometimes its government figures, other times pet food companies release data.

For instance, China has one of the biggest human populations in the world, but they don’t have to register their dogs kept as pets. China also doesn’t keep track of stray dogs, so estimates have to be made.

The exact figures will never be truly known, but it’s believed there are around 500 million dogs in theworld .(The number of stray dogs is impossible to get accurately) As far as official figures go, the USA has the most dogs at just over 83 million.

America is said to have the most dogs kept as pets, but also has more pets per head of human population at one dog for every four Americans.


Wealth and Dog Ownership Go Together

It should come as no surprise, but the wealthier the country, the more registered dogs as pets they have.

As countries develop and grow in economic prosperity, so too does dog ownership.

India is one of the poorest countries in the world and one of the largest. As they are growing economically, they are also increasing in dog ownership faster than any other country.

The same pattern can be seen in Brazil, who at one point had the smallest percentage of dogs per head of human population.

As jobs increase and there is more money to go around, people buy dogs and dog related supplies.

Dogs living in apartments are very common in Brazil.


Highest Dog Populations by Country

Dogs are loved around the world and wherever you go, you see dogs and their owners, and dog related businesses.

The top fifteen dog populations are:

  1. USA
  2. China
  3. Russia
  4. Japan
  5. Philippines
  6. India
  7. Argentina
  8. UK
  9. France
  10. South Africa
  11. Poland
  12. Italy
  13. Germany
  14. Ethiopia
  15. Spain

The order may change over time, but it’s likely these countries remain in the top fifteen due to the numbers of dogs they have and their love of dog ownership. It’s unlikely that once dogs are established in wealthy countries, the numbers won’t dip dramatically.

The USA and China are also the two countries with the biggest cat ownership. It’s estimated that Americans spend around $50 billion per year on their pets that vary from dogs and cats, to fish and snakes and everything in between.

Some other fun dog statistics are:

  • 36% of Americans admit to buying their dog a birthday present.
  • While India is the country with the fastest growing dog population, Switzerland’s dog population is shrinking the fastest.
  • Saudi Arabia has the world’s biggest population of large breed dogs sitting at 70% of the dog population.
  • 76% of dogs in Australia are kept inside.


Dog Owners Are Willing to Spend Money

In America high-end pet tech is often purchased by dog owners. This includes things like dog cams so owners can keep an eye on their dogs when they are not there. These cams can be linked to smartphones, giving the owner ‘eyes-on’ wherever they are.

Many companies in America are dog-friendly, and it’s reported that there are up to 7000 dogs in Amazon’s Seattle headquarters. That’s a lot of people taking their pooch to work with them.

In Brazil, owners are willing to buy what they think their dogs need. The pet market has a turnover of $18 billion a year.

In Russia, there are a lot of strays because Russians are known to look after them. The dogs have even been known to use the metro system to get around the city.


Stray Dogs Outnumber Owned Dogs

Stray dogs (those not owned by people) are said to make up 75% to 85% of the world’s dog population.

The number is hard to define exactly, because all numbers around stray dogs are estimates and can vary greatly, depending on who is supplying them.

In America, about 1.6 million rescue dogs find new homes. The number of dogs going to a shelter has decreased year on year, along with euthanasia numbers.


Dog Friendly Countries

There are a lot of countries that have large numbers of dogs, but some are more dog-friendly than others.

Strict legislation exists in some of the countries with high dog numbers, and they cover everything from who can own a dog, how many you can own, and where you can take your dogs.

Some countries don’t allow dogs in restaurants, certain parks, and other places people frequent. Others allow dogs everywhere and embrace dogs into their everyday lives and culture.

Here is a list of dog-friendly countries:

  • France: Many restaurants in France allow dogs to eat with their owners. Most hotels and accommodation businesses allow dogs, often with minimal or no fees at all.
  • Switzerland: Dogs in restaurants are so common that they are given a bowl of water to drink when they enter with you.
  • Italy: Dogs are welcome at the beach, and there is a particularly beautiful beach on the outskirts of Rome, where they are always with their owners.
  • Canada: There are a lot of dog-friendly beaches in Canada, and even a dog-friendly ski resort. They also have more off-leash areas than anywhere else.
  • United Kingdom: Many of the well-known tourist venues allow dogs. Taking a dog into the UK is not difficult like it is in many other countries.
  • Germany: There is a no-kill policy in most of Germany when it comes to strays. Berlin has one of the largest animal sanctuaries in Europe.

There are many other dog-friendly countries to travel through, so it really pays to check. Many dog owners would love to travel with their pooches, but assume their dogs won’t be welcome.

Whether you want to travel with your dog, or prefer to get them in a kennel, the options are there for you to decide.


Most House Friendly Dogs

Along with high dog populations, comes the fact that dogs need to be homed appropriately.

Some dogs enjoy living outside with access to the inside when their owner allows. Others get to stay indoors more than they go outside.

It’s important to ensure that any dogs chosen for indoor living in the city are ones that suit it. Here are the top five indoor-friendly dogs.

  1. French Bulldog. These dogs suit indoor living because they aren’t particularly athletic, so a good walk around the block is sufficient to tire them out.
  2. Bulldog. Requiring little exercise, bulldogs are very gentle and love cuddling up to their owner.
  3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Very child friendly and affectionate. A nice walk is all they want to stay healthy.
  4. Shih Tzu. These dogs are cute and lovely to stroke. They also love sleeping and sitting on soft furniture – perfect for indoor living.
  5. Boston Terriers. Very kind natured and calm, Boston Terriers adapt very well to indoor and apartment living.


Most Popular Breeds of Dogs

We’ve looked at the country with the most dogs, the biggest dogs, and stray dogs. But, what about the most popular breeds in the world?

Here’s the list:

  1. Labrador Retriever. This wonderful breed has been the most popular breed for close to 30 years. They are friendly and intelligent.
  2. German Shepherd.These regal looking, large dogs are fiercely loyal. They are children friendly if trained as puppies.
  3. Golden Retriever. These gentle dogs make wonderful emotional companions.
  4. Bulldog. These come in a variety of breeds, but they are all cuddly and friendly. They don’t like hot weather though.
  5. Beagles. Not the greatest for apartment living because they are known to yap and make a mess. Very playful and great with children.

As you can see in this article, dogs have and always will be popular animals to have as pets, friends, and companions.

Some countries have a much closer relationship with dogs than others, but one thing is true; dogs have touched our lives, and we are very lucky it’s worked out this way.

There are breeds that suit all lifestyles, and they are all happy to join us. Give your pooch a pat.


Writer: Craig Taylor

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