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Source: GfK news release

New GfK research covering 22 countries has placed the US in 5th place for pet ownership, and in 3rd when it comes to owning cats. Almost three-quarters (70%) of US consumers have at least one pet, with 50% owning dogs and 39% cats.

Globally, the majority (57%) of consumers own pets, according to over 27,000 online consumers (ages 15 or older) whom GfK surveyed. Dogs are the most popular pet globally, owned by 33% of respondents, with cats coming in second, at 23%. Fish (12%), birds (6%), and other pet types (6%) all rank significantly lower.

Argentina, Mexico and Brazil have the highest rates of overall pet ownership among the 22 countries (82%, 81%, 76%), with dogs being the most popular pet in all three nations.

US men, women report similar levels

The research shows significant similarities in pet ownership metrics among US men and women. Only 28% of men and 31% of women report not owning any pets. In results that echo the global averages, men and women report almost identical levels of ownership for dogs (52%, men; 48%, women), cats (40%, men; 38%, women) and fish (12%, men; 10% women).

The only significant differences lie in the categories of birds and "other" pets; US men are more likely to own birds (7%, versus 4% for women), while US women are more likely to own other types of pets (7%) than birds (4%).

About the study

GfK conducted an online survey with over 27,000 consumers aged 15 or older in 22 countries. Fieldwork was completed in June 2015 and data are weighted to reflect the demographic composition of the online population age 15+ in each market.

The countries included are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA.