Which Country Has the Most Pet Dogs?


By far, the people in the United States have more pet dogs than any other population in the world — more than twice as many, in fact. There are more than 60 million pet dogs in the US; the next highest ranking country is Brazil, with about 30 million. There are an estimated 400 million pet dogs worldwide.

dog playing with human

More Doggy Facts:

  • Dogs were domesticated as pets nearly 15,000 years ago by the Romans; they joined their human companions in North America about 12,000 years ago.
  • The tiniest dog breed is the chihuahua. On average, they weigh about 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) and are about 6 inches (15 centimeters) tall.
  • Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular dog breed in the US for many years, followed by German Shepherds and Yorkshire Terriers.

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