Australian Pet Ownership

February 20, 2017

Australian Pet Ownership

Some Interesting Facts about the Pets in Australia


There are more than 24 million pets in Australia today – slightly greater than the human population at 23.77 million.

At 62%, Australia continues to have one of the highest household rates of pet ownership in the world1 Around 5.7 million of Australia’s 9.2 million households are home to a pet, with many having more than one dog, cat,fish, bird, small
mammal, reptile or some other type of pet as part of the family.


Almost two in five households have dogs (38%) while nearly three in ten households have cats (29%), with an average of 1.3 dogs and 1.4 cats per household.

More than one in ten households also keep fish (12%), with an average of 8.0 fish per household. A similar proportion of households keep birds (12%), with an average of 3.9 birds per household.

For the first time in 2016, this study also examined small mammals and reptiles as pets (separating them out from the ‘other pets’ category used in 2013), and found similar rates of ownership of each (both 3%). The average number of small mammals per household is 1.9, and that for reptiles is 1.7.

A similar proportion of households (3%) said they own another type of pet – with examples including horses, goats, sheep and hermit crabs.

Source: Animal Medicines Australia, Pet Ownership in Australia 2016.