How many pets are there in the UK?

We’re a nation of pet lovers – but have you ever wondered how many pets there actually are in the UK? Well, we have the answer!

Every year we work with YouGov to survey the UK’s pet owners, which not only gives us a look into the wellbeing of our pets, but having a sample that is representative of the UK also means we can accurately estimate the UK’s pet population. So we know how many dogs, cats, and rabbits there are in the UK. You can read all our findings in the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report.

Our February 2020 findings showed that:

  • 51% of UK adults own a pet.
  • 26% of UK adults have a dog with an estimated population of 10.1 million pet dogs
  • 24% of the UK adult population have a cat with an estimated population of 10.9 million pet cats
  • 2% of the UK adult population have a rabbit with an estimated population of 1 million pet rabbits

You can download the latest version (and all previous versions) of the PAW Report here.

An infographic showing the UK's pet population statistics.

Data from our 10 years of PAW Reports

Cat population (millions)

Dog population (millions)

Rabbit population (millions)

Paw Report 2020




Paw Report 2019 10.9 9.9 0.9
PAW Report 2018 11.1 8.9 1
PAW Report 2017 10.3 9.3 1.1
PAW Report 2016 11 9.4 1.5
PAW Report 2015 11.1 9.3 1.2
PAW Report 2014 10.5 8.1 1.3
PAW Report 2013 9.5 7.8 1
PAW Report 2012 11.9 8.3 1.7
PAW Report 2011 11.9 8.3 1.7