Canberra pet owners.
There are almost 29 million pets in Australia today - more than the estimated human population of 25 million. Three in five Australian households - or 5.9 million in total - have a pet. 61% of Australian households have a pet today.90% of Australian households have had a pet at some time.Pet ownership rates are higher in Australia than many other countries around the world.
Around 40% of Australian households include at least one dog, making them the most popular type of pets. This is followed by cats (27%), fish (11%), birds (9%), small mammals (3%) and reptiles (2%) - with another 2% of households reporting that they have pets such as horses, goats, cows, alpacas and hermit crabs. The proportion of households with each type of pet has largely held steady since 2016, though there has been a notable decrease in the proportion of households that keep birds (from 11% in 2016 to 9%).
The average number of dogs and cats owned per household has remained relatively steady in recent years - while the average number of fish, birds and small mammals has increased, and the average number of reptiles has fallen. If the 2019 survey results were extrapolated across all Australian households, this would represent an estimated total of 5.1 million dogs, 3.8 million cats, 11.3 million fish, 5.6 million birds, 614,000 small mammals, 364,000 reptiles and 1.8 million â€˜otherâ€™ pets.
Many of us have more than one pet, and 22% of all households have more than one type of pet. In total, 90% of all Australian households have experienced pet ownership at some point. This includes 75% of households currently without a pet.
Dogs continue to be Australiaâ€™s most popular pets, with just over 5 million dogs across the nation.
Forty per cent of Australian households have at least one dog (largely unchanged since 2016, at 38%). The average number of dogs per dog-owning household has also remained relatively steady at 1.3. Delving deeper, there has been a shift towards single-dog households (led by a skew towards smaller dwelling types and inner-city areas) - with 75% of those with a dog now having only one (up from 69% of all dog- owning households in 2016).
Across Australia, 62% of households have had a dog at some point, including 56% of those that don't currently have any pets.
Around 27% of households have cats, largely in line with the findings from 2016 (29%). The average number of cats per cat-owning household has also remained relatively steady at 1.4, with the estimated total population now at 3.8 million cats.
Across Australia, 43% of households have had a cat at some point, including 41% of those that don't currently have any pets.