New official figures about companion animals in Germany: Domestic animals are kept in 44% of German families

Dusseldorf / Wiesbaden (ots) – 27th Aril 2017 -The love for animals is still great in Germany: 31.6 million dogs, cats, birds and other kind of companion animals live in the country.  In 44% of all households   there is at least one domestic animal. 61% of all families with children have an animal and 19% percent of those live with two pets or more. This is the result of a representative survey commissioned by the Industrieverband Heimtierbedarf (IVH) e.V. and the Zentralverband Zoologischer Fachbetriebe Deutschlands eV (ZZF) at the market research institute Skopos.

Cats are number one on the popularity scale
The cat is Germany's number one companion animal: a total of 13.4 million felines live in 22% of German families.  Dogs are in the second place: 8.6 million dogs in 17% of households. In third position 5 million small animals live in 6% of households.

The number of ornamental birds in 2016 was 4.6 million in 4% of households. In the same period there were 2 million aquariums and 1.6 million garden ponds with ornamental fish in 4% of households. The number of terrariums remained stable last year: 700,000 terrariums (n 1% of households). The figures show that dogs, cats and other pets as roommates and companions in the Federal Republic are still very much appreciated.

More animals in single households

Last year the trend towards animal husbandry continued in households composed of a single person: 30% of the domestic animals lived in one-person households (2015: 29%). In addition, 36% were kept in two-person households (2015: 38%) and 34% in three persons or more households (2015: 33%).

The persistent animal love is also reflected in the sales figures of the German domestic animal industry. In 2016, a total of 4.15 billion Euros (increasing 0.9% percent on 2015) were spent in the pet retail industry (food and accessories). In addition, 510 million Euros were spent via  online distribution channels.

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