In America, there are more pet cats than dogs (90 million cats, 77 million dogs, according to the American Pet Products Association) for many years, and it's also been that way in the United Kingdom.
However, the dogs are now making a run at number one in the UK. Cats potentially soon displacing cats for the first time since 1994, according to the Pet Food Manufacturer's Association (PFMA). According to their most recent survey, there are now 8.6 million cats and 8.3 million dogs. Nearly half the households in the U.K. have at least one pet.
For dogs, according to stats dating back to 2008, here's the breakdown: 75% pedigree, 11% cross breeds and 14% mixed breeds. There are 209 breeds of dog recognised by the Kennel Club. For cats, 92% are moggies (domestic short-hair, mixed breeds).
1) Labrador Retriever
2) Border Collie
3) Jack Russell Terrier
4) Yorkshire Terrier
5) German Shepard
6) Bichon Frise
7) Rottweiler/ Dalmatian (tie)
8) Cocker Spaniel/ Shitzu
9) Labradoodle/ Golden Retriever (tie)
10) Geryhound (incorporating Whippets) and Chihuahua (tie)
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