Pet ownership statistics
The pet population of Australia is estimated to be 33 million, this includes 3.41 million dogs and 2.35 million cats. The remainder is made up of fish, birds and other pets (including rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals). Australia has one of the highest incidences of pet ownership in the world, with 36% of households owning a dog and 23% of households owning a cat.
New South Wales and Victoria account for 60 per cent of pets throughout Australia. New South Wales has the most pets with a total of 11.6 million pets while Victoria has the second highest number of pets with 7.7 million.
Tasmania was the leading state for dog and cat ownership per 100 people.
(Data from 2010 The Australian Companion Animal Council publication, Contribution of the pet care industry to the Australian economy.)