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How Many Dogs Are There In The World?

Have you ever wondered how many dogs there are in the world?

I thought about this and done some digging online to find out really how many dogs there are in the world. If you live in a large city you have noticed that nearly everyone seems to be having a dog as a pet.

Does this mean that the dog’s population is close to that of human beings?

Interestingly more than two-thirds of all the dogs in the world are free-range. In many parts of the world, they are considered stray dogs and often killed for not having an owner.  This makes knowing the exact number of dogs in the world quite a daunting task.

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The global population of Dogs

It is estimated that there are about 900 million dogs in the world. Of this, about 700 million dogs are free-range.

China has 110 million dogs, a figure which makes it the country with the largest number of pet dogs in the world.  Beijing, its capital city is estimated to have more than a million dogs which make it one of the cities in the world with the highest number of dogs.

The United States comes second with about 73 million. Most of these dogs are owned by the over 42.5 million households that own at least one dog in the country.

India is the next most populous country for dogs with about 32 million pet dogs and over 20 million stray dogs. Brazil is fourth with 30 million pet dogs.

Russian closes the list of the top five countries with the highest number of dogs with 12 million pet dogs.  For the rest of the world, Africa has about 75 million pet dogs and 70 million stray dogs.

Europe has a total population of 43 million dogs while Australia has about 4 million dogs with about 2 million being pet dogs and the rest stray dogs.

How many Dogs are there in the United Kingdom?

In the United Kingdom, only about 24% of the population own a dog as a pet. This brings the total number of pet dogs in the country to about 9.9 million. This is far less than the 10.9 million cats owned by pet lovers in the country.

However, this number makes the United Kingdom only second to Russia in terms of dog ownership in Europe. It is also has a huge growth from the 8.1 million dogs owned in the country five years ago.

The Most popular Dog Breed in the UK

According to the Kennel Club, the most popular dog breed in the United Kingdom in 2019 is the Labrador. It is followed closely followed by the French bulldog which has grown in popularity among the young Britons over the past several decades.

The third most popular dog breed in the country is the Cocker Spaniel. About more than half of dog owners in the country own one of these three breeds.

The other dog breeds that made it in the top ten most popular dogs in the UK include the Bulldog English Springer, Retriever (Golden),  Dachshund (Miniature smooth haired), Pug, German shepherd dog, and Miniature schnauzer.

Generally, there are more than 100 dog breeds in the UK. But some breeds are owned by a few individuals mostly celebrities which makes them less common to the masses.

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Lawrence Pryor
Lawrence Pryor
Hi everyone, I am a dog lover/owner and a blogger for many years and I created this website to share fun and interesting stories about our wonderful dogs. They truly are our best friends.


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