Dog Ownership Statistics USA (2021)

Dog Ownership Statistics USA (2021)

You don’t need us to tell you how wonderful dogs are! The world’s favorite pet is also the most popular here in the USA.

But just how many people own dogs? How many are planning to own dogs? And has our interest in canine companions been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic? We take a look in our 2021 USA dog ownership statistics research.

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You don’t need us to tell you how wonderful dogs are! The world’s favorite pet is also the most popular here in the USA.

But just how many people own dogs? How many are planning to own dogs? And has our interest in canine companions been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic? We take a look in our 2021 USA dog ownership statistics research.

Table of Contents

The quick version

If you’re not here for the detail, then here’s our quick rundown of the key findings. You can read more about each and our methodology below.

  • More than half the US population (56.04%) owns a dog
  • A further 13.11% are planning to either get a puppy or rehome a rescue dog in the near future
  • Searches in Google USA for “puppies for sale” more than tripled in April 2020 compared with April 2019. Could this be fuelled by the Covid pandemic?
  • The same happened with searches for “adopt a dog”
  • In Houston, almost three quarters of people own at least one dog, making the Texas city the dog ownership capital of the USA

How many people own dogs in the USA?

We surveyed 2,000 US residents in March 2021 and found the following:

  • 56.04% of people own at least one dog
  • 14.76% of people in the USA own more than one dog
  • 7.53% of people do not currently own a dog but plan to buy a puppy in the near future
  • 5.58% of people do not currently own a dog but plan to rehome a rescue dog in the near future

Dog ownership varies by age, with those in the 35 – 44 year age group the most likely to own at least one dog (72.38%) and those over 55 the least likely to (45.14%).

Age Group

% Who Own One Dog

% Who Own More Than One Dog

Total (i.e % who own at least one dog)

16 – 24

41.27%

16.34%

57.61%

25 – 34

41.47%

12.65%

54.12%

35 – 44

59.88%

12.50%

72.38%

45 – 54

41.24%

17.80%

59.04%

55+

30.64%

14.50%

45.14%

Dog ownership by city

As a part of our US dog ownership survey, respondents were asked which city they live in (or which is the nearest to them). We looked at this data and added together the proportion of people who said they own one dog or own more than one dog right now. This gave us the figure for current dog ownership in 2021 in major cities across several states in the USA. Here are those statistics:

Dog ownership in search

A great way to gain insight into the popularity of something or trends is to look at how people search for it in Google and with what frequency.

With that in mind, we took a look at the number of people making various searches relating to down ownership across the USA as a whole and state by state (data from kwfinder.com).

City (State)

% Who Own One Dog or More

Austin, Texas

57.50%

Boston, Massachusetts

54.55%

Charlotte, North Carolina

55.80%

Chicago, Illinois

53.30%

Columbus, Ohio

49.58%

Dallas, Texas

59.52%

Denver, Colorado

64.77%

Detroit, Michigan

48.57%

Houston, Texas

73.53%

Indianapolis, Indiana

64.00%

Jacksonville, Florida

49.47%

Los Angeles, California

66.03%

Memphis, Tennessee

57.89%

New York City, New York

61.19%

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

47.67%

Phoenix, Arizona

49.18%

San Antonio, Texas

54.84%

San Diego, California

72.41%

San Francisco, California

48.24%

San Jose, California

72.73%

Washington DC

47.65%

  • In Houston, Texas, almost three quarters of all people own at least one dog
  • Of the top 5 cities for dog ownership in the USA, 3 are in California (San Jose, San Diego and Los Angeles)
  • At the other end of the scale, just 47.65% of people in or near to Washington DC own a dog

Puppy Searches in the USA

There are thousands upon thousands who head to Google each month to look for puppies for sale.

We looked at searches in Google USA for 3 specific keywords:

  • Adopt a puppy
  • Buy a puppy
  • Puppies for sale

Here’s what we’ve seen over time with those particular searches.

Based on data taken from kwfinder.com

Month

Searches in Google USA for “Adopt a Puppy”

Searches in Google USA for “Buy a Puppy”

Searches in Google USA for “Puppies for sale”

January 2019

90500

6600

301000

February 2019

90500

6600

301000

March 2019

110000

6600

301000

April 2019

90500

6600

301000

May 2019

90500

6600

246000

June 2019

90500

6600

301000

Jul 2019

110000

6600

301000

Aug 2019

110000

6600

301000

Sep 2019

110000

5400

301000

October 2019

90500

5400

301000

November 2019

110000

6600

301000

December 2019

110000

6600

368000

January 2020

110000

6600

301000

February 2020

110000

6600

301000

March 2020

165000

9900

450000

April 2020

301000

18100

1000000

May 2020

301000

18100

823000

June 2020

246000

14800

673000

Jul 2020

201000

12100

673000

Aug 2020

201000

12100

550000

Sep 2020

165000

9900

450000

Oct 2020

135000

8100

450000

Nov 2020

165000

9900

550000

December 2020

165000

9900

550000

January 2021

135000

9900

450000

February 2021

110000

8100

301000

We’ve seen lots of chatter online about a spike in dog ownership and interest over the coronavirus pandemic as more of spend more time at home. But is it reflected in the figures? It seems so.

  • April 2019 saw 301,000 searches in the USA for “puppies for sale,” and this rose to 1,000,000 in April 2020
  • Fast forward to 2021 and we’re still seeing inflated searches. In January 2021, there were 450,000 searches for “puppies for sale” compared with 301,000 in January 2020 and 2019. So it’s fair to say that we’re potentially seeing not too far off a 50% increase in interest for puppies for sale coinciding with the pandemic

The Most Popular Ways we Look for Dogs

Based on the same research we pulled from kwfinder.com, we can see the most popular ways in which people search for dogs.

The numbers here show the average searches in Google USA per month based on an average of the past 12 months.

Keyword

Average Number of Searches in Google USA Per Month Over the Last Year

puppies for sale

576000

adopt a puppy

190000

dogs for sale near me

140000

dog breeders near me

83700

free puppies near me

58100

small dogs for sale

27300

free dogs near me

25100

cheap puppies for sale near me

21700

breeders near me

17400

small breed puppies for sale near me

15700

puppies for sale near me by owner

13900

buy a puppy

11700

hypoallergenic dogs for adoption

9100

cute puppies for sale

8100

puppy for adoption

7500

small puppies for sale

7500

small puppies for sale near me

5100

puppy breeders

2800

tiny dogs for sale

2500

buy puppies online

1800

rescue puppies for adoption

1600

We certainly see search weighted towards puppies over dogs for prospective new owners.

Pet Ownership Statistics (According to the APPA)

We’ve seen from our survey how many individuals own dogs now and also how many may be planning to own a dog in the near future. But what do bigger studies say about household numbers with pets in? And what does this mean for our spend on pet products?

We took at a look at statistics from the American Pet Product Association.

  • 63,400,000 households in the USA own a dog
  • The pet product market made $106 billion in sales in 2020
  • This was up from $97.1 billion in 2019 and $90.5 billion in 2018

Market Growth in the Pet Products Space

We’re continuing to see astronomical growth in an already huge marketplace

What will the effect of the pandemic be on dog ownership in years to come?

The dog is clearly America’s favorite furry friend already. And with a surge in demand demonstrated in these statistics, the question then remains, what happens next? 

Will a surge in new puppies ultimately result in more strain on already full dog rescues in coming years? Will the pet product industry grow?

We hope that the surge in interest results in even more happy homes filled with dogs. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll be back here in 2022 with a new set of statistics showing just that.

The quick version

If you’re not here for the detail, then here’s our quick rundown of the key findings. You can read more about each and our methodology below.

  • More than half the US population (56.04%) owns a dog
  • A further 13.11% are planning to either get a puppy or rehome a rescue dog in the near future
  • Searches in Google USA for “puppies for sale” more than tripled in April 2020 compared with April 2019. Could this be fuelled by the Covid pandemic?
  • The same happened with searches for “adopt a dog”
  • In Houston, almost three quarters of people own at least one dog, making the Texas city the dog ownership capital of the USA

How many people own dogs in the USA?

We surveyed 2,000 US residents in March 2021 and found the following:

  • 56.04% of people own at least one dog
  • 14.76% of people in the USA own more than one dog
  • 7.53% of people do not currently own a dog but plan to buy a puppy in the near future
  • 5.58% of people do not currently own a dog but plan to rehome a rescue dog in the near future

Dog ownership varies by age, with those in the 35 – 44 year age group the most likely to own at least one dog (72.38%) and those over 55 the least likely to (45.14%).

Age Group

% Who Own One Dog

% Who Own More Than One Dog

Total (i.e % who own at least one dog)

16 – 24

41.27%

16.34%

57.61%

25 – 34

41.47%

12.65%

54.12%

35 – 44

59.88%

12.50%

72.38%

45 – 54

41.24%

17.80%

59.04%

55+

30.64%

14.50%

45.14%

Dog ownership by city

As a part of our US dog ownership survey, respondents were asked which city they live in (or which is the nearest to them). We looked at this data and added together the proportion of people who said they own one dog or own more than one dog right now. This gave us the figure for current dog ownership in 2021 in major cities across several states in the USA. Here are those statistics:

Dog ownership in search

A great way to gain insight into the popularity of something or trends is to look at how people search for it in Google and with what frequency.

With that in mind, we took a look at the number of people making various searches relating to down ownership across the USA as a whole and state by state (data from kwfinder.com).

City (State)

% Who Own One Dog or More

Austin, Texas

57.50%

Boston, Massachusetts

54.55%

Charlotte, North Carolina

55.80%

Chicago, Illinois

53.30%

Columbus, Ohio

49.58%

Dallas, Texas

59.52%

Denver, Colorado

64.77%

Detroit, Michigan

48.57%

Houston, Texas

73.53%

Indianapolis, Indiana

64.00%

Jacksonville, Florida

49.47%

Los Angeles, California

66.03%

Memphis, Tennessee

57.89%

New York City, New York

61.19%

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

47.67%

Phoenix, Arizona

49.18%

San Antonio, Texas

54.84%

San Diego, California

72.41%

San Francisco, California

48.24%

San Jose, California

72.73%

Washington DC

47.65%

  • In Houston, Texas, almost three quarters of all people own at least one dog
  • Of the top 5 cities for dog ownership in the USA, 3 are in California (San Jose, San Diego and Los Angeles)
  • At the other end of the scale, just 47.65% of people in or near to Washington DC own a dog

Puppy Searches in the USA

There are thousands upon thousands who head to Google each month to look for puppies for sale.

We looked at searches in Google USA for 3 specific keywords:

  • Adopt a puppy
  • Buy a puppy
  • Puppies for sale

Here’s what we’ve seen over time with those particular searches.

Based on data taken from kwfinder.com

Month

Searches in Google USA for “Adopt a Puppy”

Searches in Google USA for “Buy a Puppy”

Searches in Google USA for “Puppies for sale”

January 2019

90500

6600

301000

February 2019

90500

6600

301000

March 2019

110000

6600

301000

April 2019

90500

6600

301000

May 2019

90500

6600

246000

June 2019

90500

6600

301000

Jul 2019

110000

6600

301000

Aug 2019

110000

6600

301000

Sep 2019

110000

5400

301000

October 2019

90500

5400

301000

November 2019

110000

6600

301000

December 2019

110000

6600

368000

January 2020

110000

6600

301000

February 2020

110000

6600

301000

March 2020

165000

9900

450000

April 2020

301000

18100

1000000

May 2020

301000

18100

823000

June 2020

246000

14800

673000

Jul 2020

201000

12100

673000

Aug 2020

201000

12100

550000

Sep 2020

165000

9900

450000

Oct 2020

135000

8100

450000

Nov 2020

165000

9900

550000

December 2020

165000

9900

550000

January 2021

135000

9900

450000

February 2021

110000

8100

301000

We’ve seen lots of chatter online about a spike in dog ownership and interest over the coronavirus pandemic as more of spend more time at home. But is it reflected in the figures? It seems so.

  • April 2019 saw 301,000 searches in the USA for “puppies for sale,” and this rose to 1,000,000 in April 2020
  • Fast forward to 2021 and we’re still seeing inflated searches. In January 2021, there were 450,000 searches for “puppies for sale” compared with 301,000 in January 2020 and 2019. So it’s fair to say that we’re potentially seeing not too far off a 50% increase in interest for puppies for sale coinciding with the pandemic

The Most Popular Ways we Look for Dogs

Based on the same research we pulled from kwfinder.com, we can see the most popular ways in which people search for dogs.

The numbers here show the average searches in Google USA per month based on an average of the past 12 months.

Keyword

Average Number of Searches in Google USA Per Month Over the Last Year

puppies for sale

576000

adopt a puppy

190000

dogs for sale near me

140000

dog breeders near me

83700

free puppies near me

58100

small dogs for sale

27300

free dogs near me

25100

cheap puppies for sale near me

21700

breeders near me

17400

small breed puppies for sale near me

15700

puppies for sale near me by owner

13900

buy a puppy

11700

hypoallergenic dogs for adoption

9100

cute puppies for sale

8100

puppy for adoption

7500

small puppies for sale

7500

small puppies for sale near me

5100

puppy breeders

2800

tiny dogs for sale

2500

buy puppies online

1800

rescue puppies for adoption

1600

We certainly see search weighted towards puppies over dogs for prospective new owners.

Pet Ownership Statistics (According to the APPA)

We’ve seen from our survey how many individuals own dogs now and also how many may be planning to own a dog in the near future. But what do bigger studies say about household numbers with pets in? And what does this mean for our spend on pet products?

We took at a look at statistics from the American Pet Product Association.

  • 63,400,000 households in the USA own a dog
  • The pet product market made $106 billion in sales in 2020
  • This was up from $97.1 billion in 2019 and $90.5 billion in 2018

Market Growth in the Pet Products Space

We’re continuing to see astronomical growth in an already huge marketplace

What will the effect of the pandemic be on dog ownership in years to come?

The dog is clearly America’s favorite furry friend already. And with a surge in demand demonstrated in these statistics, the question then remains, what happens next? 

Will a surge in new puppies ultimately result in more strain on already full dog rescues in coming years? Will the pet product industry grow?

We hope that the surge in interest results in even more happy homes filled with dogs. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll be back here in 2022 with a new set of statistics showing just that.