New Research Reveals Pet Population Trends



New research reveals pet population trends
8th August 2017

By Karen Pickwick

Although the overall UK dog population continues to decline, the number of small dogs is increasing along with cats and small ‘furries’, according to latest research by Euromonitor.

The total dog population stagnated last year, the market research provider says, decreasing by 2% since 2012 with a projected higher decline until 2022. Large dogs (those over 50lbs/23kg) declined by 7% in the UK while small breeds (up to 20lbs/9kg) grew by 2%.

Both cat and small mammal populations grew by 1% in 2016. Cats, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs are gaining in popularity in the UK due to their smaller size and socioeconomic factors such as the fact that, while rural households have not witnessed remarkable growth since 2011, urban households have grown by 5% to represent an 83% share overall.
A Euromonitor pet care analyst said: “There is no single reason behind this trend but a combination of different factors which year-on-year are making it increasingly difficult to own a dog – especially a large one – in the UK. In addition to the fact that owning a large dog in a small flat is more difficult that it is in a big house due to the needs of the animal in terms of space and daily activity, Britain’s young adults are experiencing and are expected to continue experiencing difficulties regarding the housing market over the next decade.

“According to different studies, in the next 10 years, approximately only 25% of the population between the ages of 20 and 40 years will own or be in the process of buying a house, which has a direct link with dog ownership, making it much less likely than previous periods when British consumers found it easier to become house owners. This is likely to favour the trend that was witnessed over the review period, with cats and small mammals experiencing growth and dogs experiencing a decline in ownership.”

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