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Dog Population by Country 2024

Country
Dog Population
United States90,000,000
Brazil55,000,000
China54,290,000
Japan20,000,000
Russia17,550,000
United Kingdom12,000,000
Germany10,300,000
India10,200,000
Argentina10,000,000
Spain9,313,000

Dogs hold a significant place worldwide, both as pets and cultural symbols. Here's an overview of dog ownership and cultural significance in various countries:

  1. Global Household Ownership: Approximately 30% of households globally have a dog, totaling between 700 million to 1 billion dogs.
  1. United States: Leading with 90 million dogs, the U.S. has the highest number of pet dogs. The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed, with over 98,300 registered in the AKC.
  2. Brazil: Dogs are the most popular pets, with the Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff) being the national dog.
  3. China: Despite the one-dog-per-household rule in major cities, China is home to over 54.29 million dogs. Popular breeds include the Pekingese, Chow Chow, Shar Pei, and Tibetan Mastiff.
  1. Japan: The dog population stands at 20 million. Dogs are highly cherished, often sharing meals with their owners and frequenting pet-friendly cafes.
  2. Russia: With 17.55 million dogs, 32% of Russian households own a dog. Breeds are often selected for protection and resilience to cold weather.
  3. United Kingdom: There are around 12 million dogs, with an average lifespan of 14 years.
  1. Germany: Home to about 10.3 million dogs, Germany is pet-friendly, allowing dogs in many public spaces.
  2. India: Dogs play a sacred role in Indian culture. The population is about 10.2 million, with approximately 62 million being strays.
  3. Argentina: With around 10 million dogs, the national dog is the Dogo Argentino, known for its strength and protective nature.
  1. Spain: Estimated dog population is around 9.31 million, with the Spanish Mastiff being as popular as the Labrador in the U.S.
  • Per-capita values are estimates computed using 2021 human population data and dog populations for years ranging from 2018-2023.

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Country
Dog Population
Dogs Per Person
United States90,000,00026,330
Brazil55,000,00025,271
China54,290,0003,809
Japan20,000,00016,309
Russia17,550,00012,191
United Kingdom12,000,00017,657
Germany10,300,00012,372
India10,200,000707
Argentina10,000,00021,712
Spain9,313,00019,617
Italy8,700,00014,822
Canada7,900,00020,201
France7,500,00011,559
Poland6,466,73216,078
South Korea5,450,00010,533
Romania4,195,00021,382
Hungary2,800,00028,014
Czech Republic2,205,00020,993
Portugal2,105,00020,590
Netherlands1,850,00010,469
Turkey1,655,0001,919
Belgium1,340,00011,438
Slovakia920,00016,132
Sweden890,0008,338
Austria837,0009,324
Finland760,00013,694
Bulgaria750,00011,332
Greece660,0006,406
Denmark610,00010,270
New Zealand560,50010,636
Lithuania550,00020,425
Switzerland544,0006,146
Israel500,0005,370
Norway490,0008,886
Ireland457,0008,979
Latvia270,00014,915
Estonia235,00017,816
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Which country has the highest dog population?

A favorite companion, often referred to as man's best friend, the United States of America has the most worldwide. There are roughly 90 million canines in the country.

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