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Most people love having a pet. They give us unconditional love and become important members of our families. This information is proven with statistics from all around the world, put together by more than thirty associations, including news network CNBC.

Some interesting pet ownership facts have been gathered to show intriguing trends and inarguably proving that humans love pets.


Who Loves Pets the Most?

Very interestingly, statistics bear out that over half of the world’s population enjoys having a pet at home. Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina have the highest percentage of households with at least one pet. They also have a higher percentage of dogs in their households than any other country in the world.

Asians are least likely to own a pet, while women beat men out in the dog and cat categories — but men prefer the fish as pets.

Cats are most popular in Russia, the USA, and France, while China prefers fish and Turkey prefers birds. This is amazing information and also might speak to population concentrations. Those living in apartments would be more likely to have cats, for example.


What is Most Popular?

Dogs definitely rank at the top of the list, with 33% of the world owning dogs. Cats are a fairly close second, with 23% of all homes, worldwide, owning at least one cat.

The surprise in third place is fish. 12% of households around the world have at least one fish in a fishbowl or tank. Birds and other pets account for only another 12% combined and 43% of households have no pet at all.

Pet owners in the US alone, spend $60.2 billion on their pets each year. This is likely because almost 2.7 million animals are adopted annually.


Random Facts:

Some dog’s feet smell like Fritos.

Parrots are the 4th most popular pet in the USA

The red-eared slider is one of the most popular turtles kept as a pet

81% of pet cats sleep on their owner’s bed.

Cats don’t meow at each other, they vocalize more for humans.

Dogs can learn several thousand words.


Exotics Pets

Sadly, one in ten households in the US keeps an exotic pet. These are often part of illegal pet trade. There are an estimated 7,000 tigers currently kept privately in homes. Some of these are legally obtained and permitted while others may not be.

Monkeys, parrots, turtles, and many other types of animals are imported because the exotic pet trade is a multibillion-dollar industry, with an estimated $20 billion spent per year.

No matter how you slice the pie, pets are popular and there is a type of pet for everyone. Make sure that you acquire yours legally, take care of them properly, and enjoy the years of happiness that they can help give to you.