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Study: Pets in German households


Germany is and remains the country of pets. A recent study (April 2016) shows that 43 percent of all households have at least one pet. In total there are around 30 million cats, dogs, small animals and birds. But how exactly are the animal partners distributed? Cats (1st place) and dogs (2nd place) are still the most popular pets of the Germans - Shutterstock / VP Photo Studio

The study was commissioned by the Industrieverband Heimtierbedarf (IVH) and the Zentralverband Zoologischer Fachbetriebe (ZZF) to the market research institute Skopos. In addition to the number of around 30 million pets, the survey also provides information on how the number of individual types of pets is distributed among households.

Cats are still the most popular domestic animals for Germans

The bosses among the 30 million pets are unchallenged the velvet paws. According to the study, about 13 million registered cats lived among us last year. If you convert this figure to all households in the Federal Republic, this means that a neighborhood lives in 22 percent of all households. This does not apply to wild or semi-wild cats.

Dogs take second place, followed by small animals and birds

Unsurprisingly, dogs occupy second place in the favor of animal lovers. 7.9 million dogs are spread across the area between the German Alps and the coast. This means that 16 percent of all households have a copy of man's best friend. The dogs are followed by a broad category - that of small animals. This includes all kinds of animals such as guinea pigs, hamsters or rats. The nationwide number of rodents and rabbits amounts to 5.1 million according to the study. This means that small animals live in six percent of households.

With regard to the previous years, these data are relatively stable. However, there is one "loser" among pets: the birds. The number of budgerigars, canaries and Co. is shrinking more and more - birds only live in three percent of all households - 4.2 million flappers delight their owners in Germany. By the way, the study did not consider aquarium and terrarium inhabitants such as fish or spiders.

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More results on German pets

The study also clarifies the distribution of the animals across the different life situations. For example, it was found that 29 percent of pets live in single households and 38 percent of animals live in two-person households. In 2014, there were two percent less in both living situations - the number of pets in single and couple households is increasing. By the way, several pets live in 19 percent of all households.

The love for pets is not only good for owners and companions, but also for the pet industry. According to ZZF surveys, this posted total sales of 4.56 billion euros, an increase of 2.2 percent compared to 2014.