Dog ownership in the US
The United States and France are the two top dog-owning countries in the world. There are approximately 62 million pet dogs
in the U.S., according to the 2008 AVMA Pet Ownership and Demographic Sourcebook. There is a higher percentage of households who own dogs
, even though the number of pet cats is greater than that of dogs
. More than 36 percent of the U.S. households own at least one dog. In households with dogs
, 63 percent have one dog, 24 percent have two dogs
, and 13 percent have three or more dogs
, according to the 2007-2008 pet owners survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. Among the participants in the survey, there was no particular preference for male or female dogs
, and ownership between the two sexes was equal. Twenty percent of companion dogs
were adopted from animal shelters, and about 7 out of 10 pet dogs
are spayed or neutered.
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