Pet Industry Statistics & Trends: 62% of Households Have Pets

You have pets, your neighbor has pets, your sister's best friend's mom has pets… Does everyone have at least one furry friend in their care these days?

According to the American Pet Products Association's 2010/2011 National Pet Owner's Survey, quite a few of us are living very pet-oriented lives. In case this information is new to you, read on for some survey highlights to see what the pet landscape is looking like these days as well as where it might be going.

Pet Ownership

  • According to this survey, 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which translates to 72.9 millions homes.
  • In 1988, the first year the survey was conducted, 56% of U.S. households owned a pet as compared to 62% in 2008.

Number of U.S. Households that Own a Pet (in millions)

Bird                              5.7

Cat                               38.9

Dog                              46.3

Equine                          2.4

Freshwater Fish            11.9

Saltwater Fish               0.7

Reptile                          4.6

Small Animal                 5.0

Total Number of Pets Owned in the U.S. (in millions)

Bird                              16.2

Cat                               86.4

Dog                              78.2

Equine                          7.9

Freshwater Fish            151.1

Saltwater Fish               8.61

Reptile                          13.0

Small Animal                 16.0



(This information has been gathered by APAA from various market research sources.)

Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures

Year                 Billion

2012                 $52.87 Estimate

2011                 $50.96 Actual

2010                 $48.35

2009                 $45.5

2008                 $43.2

2007                 $41.2

2006                 $38.5

2005                 $36.3

2004                 $34.4

2003                 $32.4

2002                 $29.5

2001                 $28.5

1998                 $23

1996                 $21

1994                 $17

*For 2012, it estimated that $52.87 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S.

Does this information surprise you? Take a look at the complete results and discussion of the APPA survey and tell us what you think!


PetRelocation Team





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