REVEALED: Cats vs Dogs – Pet Population Per UK Region

Updated: Feb 26, 2019

  • London prefers cats over dogs, with 14% of households owning a cat while only 9% own a dog.

  • The region with the highest percentage of pet dogs is Northern Ireland with 35% of homes owning a furry friend.

  • When it comes to cat owners, the regions with the most households owning cats are Wales and the South West (22%)






A pet is not only a cuddly companion, but studies have shown that owning one is linked to a decrease in depression, anxiety and stress. And whilst most Brits don’t need convincing that they should own a pet, there is to some extent a nationwide debate of if you’re a dog or cat person?


To explore the topic further, OnBuy.com has examined the percentage of cats and dogs owned as pets per UK region.


OnBuy.com used figures from Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) from 2018, comparing the percentage of households across the UK that own cats and dogs.

The region with the highest percentage of homes with pet dogs is Northern Ireland with 35%. In second place is the North-East with 33%, whilst the East Midlands takes third spot with 31% displaying their affecting for dogs.


At the other end of the scale, the region with the lowest percentage of households owning a pet dog is London, with just 9%. However, perhaps unsurprising given the cosmopolitan and urban feel of the city, with limited interior space and lack of green areas.


Sitting second from the bottom is the East of England (21%), closely followed by Yorkshire and the Humber with 22%. In contrast, when considering the number of Brits who own cats, it seems those living in Wales and the South West take the top spot with 22% respectively. Closely followed is the South East and East Midlands, as figures show that 20% of homes in these regions are open cat lovers.


The regions with the least cat owners are Scotland, the North-East and London, all with just 14%. However, although the percentage for London is at 14%, the capital quite clearly prefers over dogs as only 9% of homes in the city own a dog.



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