A. Population Statistics (United States)
1) USDA is not responsible for census data on companion animals, however, the
has provided the following survey results.
Approximately 54.8 million households (approx 58% of all US households) own a companion animal. Companion
animals include dogs, cats, birds, horses or any of several other pets, such as hamsters, gerbils, fish and rabbits.
Companion animal ownership varies with geographic region, ranging from a low of 52% in the Middle Atlantic states
to a high of 65% in the West South Central (OK,TX,LA,AR). Approximately 63% of households in the Mountain and
Pacific regions own companion animals, compared to less than 60% in New England, and the rest of the nation.
The overall number of dogs and the number of households owning dogs have not changed since 1987.
Approximately 34.6 million households own a dog. On average, households that own a dog, own 1.52 dogs. Thus,
the dog population of the United States is estimated at 52.6 million dogs. For cats, the population continues to
Approximately 29.2 million (30.9%) households own a cat, up from 27.7 million in 1987. With an average of 1.95
cats owned per cat-owning household, the cat population is estimated at 56.9 million cats. Pet bird population has
decreased since 1987.
About 5.4 million households (5.7%) own a bird, nearly unchanged from 1987. With an average of 2.16 birds per
bird-owning household, the population is estimated at 11.7 million, down from 12.9 million in 1987 (in 1987, 2.48
birds were owned per bird-owning household).