Owning Pets in Canada – Facts & Things to Know

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DID YOU KNOW?

Pet well-being is becoming increasingly important to pet owners. In fact, the number of pet owners consulting veterinarians or veterinary technicians are on the rise.

For the first time, cat and dog populations in Canada are nearly equal.

FACTS ABOUT DOGS

  • About 41% of households have a dog or dogs
  • There are about 8.2 million domestic dogs in Canada
  • In 2018, the Portuguese Water Dog made Canada’s Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds list for the first time

FACTS ABOUT CATS

  • About 38% of households have a cat or cats
  • There are about 8.3 million domestic cats in Canada
  • In 2017, more shelter cats were adopted and fewer euthanized than ever before

Data Source: Nation-wide Survey Conducted by Kynetec

OTHER ANIMALS KEPT AS PETS IN CANADA

  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Small mammals such as hamsters as well as exotic ones such as sugar gliders

Popular Pet Services

  • Grooming
  • Cat sitting
  • Dog sitting
  • Dog walking
  • Training schools/services
  • Boarding (including cageless)

2020 Trends in the Pet World

  • Smart technology
  • Premium pet foods
  • Personalized pet foods
  • A focus on mental health
  • Alternative health therapies
  • Spotlight on sourcing, sustainability and animal welfare

DID YOU KNOW?

Domestic dogs entering Canada do not have to be quarantined. However, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requires documents for all animals entering Canada.

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