Dog ownership statistics shed light onto the costs and specifics of owning a dog. Statistics exist on virtually every aspect of pet ownership. While many facts and figures fit pet owner perceptions, there are a few surprising statistics relative to dog ownership. How does your pet-owning family compare to these United States, dog owner statistics?
Americans adopted only 21% of owned dogs from animal shelters. According the American Humane Society, Americans adopted only 21% of all dogs owned in the United States. While my first dog was a pure-bred, Pomeranian purchased from a pet shop, we adopted our current dog from an animal shelter. Given the large quantities of dogs and cats living in shelters throughout the United States, it is surprising that animal shelter adoptions account for so few owned dogs.
Dog owners spend an average of $248 on veterinary care annually. According to the American Pet Products Association 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey, pet owners spend approximately $248 dollars a year on veterinary visits. While that number seems small, when considered individually, it multiplies quickly in multiple pet households. Max, our dog, is young and healthy, so this amount is little more than we spend for his health care annually.
In theUnited States spayed or neutered dogs make up 78% of all owned dogs. The American Pet Products Association's National Pet Owners Survey, in 2011-2012, found that 78% of all dogs owned in the United States are neutered or spayed. Spaying and neutering is a key factor in preventing pet overpopulation. Since our dog was adopted from an animal shelter, he was neutered as a puppy before made available for adoption.
Dog owners spend an average of $324 per year on food and treats for dogs. The American Pet Products Association's National Pet Owners Survey, from 2011-2012, found that Americans spend only $70 annually on food treats and $254 on food for family dogs. For our 60 pound Foxhound mix, we spend a little more than that each year on his food and treats. Feeding our Pomeranian, however, was far less expensive. Individual feeding statistics vary considerably among the various dog sizes and breeds as well as the types and prices of foods and treats provided.
Approximately 65% of pet owners receive the pet free or with little cost. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), free or low lost pets make up 65% of all pets owned. This statistic considers both dogs and cats in its analysis. Neither of our dogs was free or low cost. Even shelter animals typically pose a fee as they are adoptable only after receiving first shots, spaying or neutering, physicals and health screenings.