On behalf of the the Industrial Association of Pet Care Producers (Industrieverband Heimtierbedarf, IVH) and the German Pet Trade & Industry Association (Zentralverband Zoologischer Fachbetriebe, ZZF), the Skopos market research has conducted a survey disclosing 46% of all German households have at least one pet. The 5,000 households interviewed declared to have 34.4 million dogs, cats, small animals, and cage birds.

The cat is still the most popular pet although the number has decreased by 1.5 mio compared to 2021. 24% of German housholds named to have 15.2 mio cats followed by 10.6 mio dogs which live in 21% of households. Dogs recorded an increase of 300,000.

The number of small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and mice has also risen by 300,000 to 4.9 mio in 5% of households. 3% of all households keep 3.7 mio cage birds in total, an increase of 600,000. In terms of aquariums, there was no change, the number stayed at 2.3 mio in 4% of households. However, the survey showed an increase of terrariums by 100,000 to 1.3 mio in 2% of all households.

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