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Whether dog, cat, hamster, ornamental fish or spinning: with minimal changes to the previous year, the numbers of pets in Germany have remained equally strong 2018th This is the result of a representative survey, the industry association pet supplies (IVH) eV and the Central Association gave Pet Trade & Industry of Germany eV (ZZF) at market research institute Skopos in order (budget-representative survey, base 7000 respondents). Thus, in this country live in 45 percent of all households pets, in total there are 34.4 million dogs, cats, small mammals and exotic birds. There are also numerous ornamental fish and reptiles.

Most popular pet in Germany remains the cat

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Germany pet number one and remains - the cat. A total of 14.8 million Samtpfoten live in 23 percent of households in Germany. In second place are 9.4 million dogs muzzle forward and live in 19 percent of households. At position three followed 5.4 million small animals in six per cent of households.

The number of pet birds was 4.8 million in four percent of households in the year 2018th Moreover, there were in the same period 1.9 million aquariums in four percent of households and 1.5 million garden ponds with ornamental fish in three percent of households in Germany. The number of terrariums rose by 200,000: In 2018, one million terrariums were determined in two percent of households.

Pets live in 45 percent of all households

The figures clearly show that the love of animal roommates continue unabated. "He now lives in almost every second household, a pet while keeping an animal only in about every third household even ten years ago," says Georg Müller, Chairman of the industry association pet supplies (IVH) eV

"It is noteworthy that the increase in pet population only partly to the growing number of households in Germany," says Norbert Holthenrich, president of the Central Association of German Pet Trade & Industry Association (ZZF). "The pet population in Germany is growing faster than the number of households. 22 percent of all households of animal owners even have at least two pets. This development shows that animals play an important role in the lives of many people. "

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Popular roommate in families and single households

Pets are still popular with families with children. In 63 percent of all families (2017: 65 percent) lives a pet. At the same time among the animal-holding households, the proportion of singles has risen from 33 percent to 34 percent. "Pets are as social partners, especially for those living alone, continues to be very important," says Holthenrich. "Whether as a family member or playmate: More and more people obviously feel in the presence of an animal well, can relax well and love their animals." This development will continue in the coming years likely.

More pets in single-person households

Last year, pet ownership has increased in smaller households: So 32 percent of pets living in single-person households (2017: 30 percent). In each two-person households and households with three or more people, the number of dogs, cats and Co. went the other hand, from 35 back to 34 percent.

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More older than younger pet owners

Many pet owners are in their mid-life: 19 percent of pet owners are 40 to 49 years old (2017: 19 percent), 22 percent among the 50 to 59 year olds (2017: 21 percent) and 27 percent of farmers are over 60 years old (2017: 26 percent).

With 15 percent of the up to 29-year-olds, as in the previous year, the smallest group of pet owners are. The proportion of 30- to 39-year-old pet owners has dropped to 17 percent (2017: 19 percent).

The sales growth of the pet market as well as the constant number of pets in Germany show once again that the love for the animal companions continues unabated in this country still.

Sales for supplies and food increased again

How important is the animal to man, can also be illustrated on the sales figures for the Heimtiernahrungs- and supplies industry: Total sales in 2018 over the previous year (2017: 4.838 billion), an increase of 1.5 percent and amounted to 4.948 billion euros. To sales of convenience foods (3.226 billion euros), supplies and accessories (997 million euros) to add 625 million euros, in the online world (2017: 580 million) were implemented and 100 million euros for Wild Bird Food (2017: 98 million) ,

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