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7 Key Dog Statistics for 2024

Last updated on April 3rd, 2024 at 11:55 am

This is a complete list of the most important dog statistics every lover and owner needs to know in 2024.

So if you want to find data and facts on:

  • How many kinds of dogs are there?
  • Dog breed groups
  • How many dogs are there in the world?
  • How many people have dogs in the world?
  • How many dogs are in shelters?
  • How many dogs are euthanized each year?
  • All breeds of dogs and their names

You’ll love the massive list of up-to-date stats on this page.

How many kinds of dogs are there?

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The Fédération Cynologique Internationale, officially recognizes 360 breeds of dogs across the world. This is the largest international federation of kennel clubs, with its members, associates and partners spread across 98 countries.

The American Kennel Club currently recognizes 201 dog breeds. However, this count doesn’t include mixed-breed dogs or designer crossbreeds, such as the Huskita (a mix of Husky and Akita).

Dog breed groups

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale categorizes dog breeds into ten groups:

  • Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (excluding Swiss Cattledogs)
  • Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs
  • Group 3: Terriers
  • Group 4: Dachshunds
  • Group 5: Spitz and primitive types
  • Group 6: Scent hounds and related breeds
  • Group 7: Pointing Dogs
  • Group 8: Retrievers – Flushing Dogs – Water Dogs
  • Group 9: Companion and Toy Dogs
  • Group 10: Sighthounds

The American Kennel Club categorizes dog breeds into seven groups:

  • Sporting group 
  • Hound group 
  • Working group 
  • Terrier group 
  • Toy group 
  • Non-sporting group 
  • Herding group

How many dogs are there in the world?

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It’s estimated that there are around 900 million dogs in the world, according to the World Health Organization. In less developed countries, stray dogs are more common than dogs kept as pets, so it’s hard to determine how many of these 900 million dogs have homes.

How many people have dogs in the world?

Around 30% of households worldwide own a dog, totaling between 700 million to 1 billion dogs. 

The U.S. has 83 to 88 million dogs, with the Labrador Retriever being the most popular breed. 

China has over 54.29 million dogs despite the one-dog-per-household rule in major cities. 

Japan has a dog population of 20 million, and dogs are highly cherished. 

In Russia, 32% of households own a dog, with breeds often selected for protection and resilience to cold weather. 

The United Kingdom has around 12 million dogs.

Germany has about 10.3 million dogs which are allowed in many public spaces. 

Dogs play a sacred role in Indian culture, with a population of about 10.2 million.

Argentina has around 10 million dogs, with the national dog being the Dogo Argentino. 

The estimated dog population in Spain is around 9.31 million, and the Spanish Mastiff is as popular as the Labrador in the U.S.

How many dogs are in shelters?

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Every year, animal shelters in the United States take in around 6.3 million companion animals. Out of those, approximately 3.1 million are dogs, and 3.2 million are cats.

How many dogs are euthanized each year?

Since January 2021, the number of animals in shelters and rescues across the U.S. has increased by 900,000. Sadly, last year, more than 359,000 dogs had to be put to sleep, which is the highest number in the past five years. These figures have been released by Shelter Animals Count, a group that advocates for animals in need.

All breeds of dogs and their names

According to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, there are 360 dog breeds.

A

  • Affenpinscher
  • Afghan Hound
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Akita
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Alpenländische Dachsbracke
  • Aïdi (Chien de Montagne de L’Atlas)
  • American Akita 
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • American Water Spaniel
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Anglo-Français de Petite Venerie
  • Anjing Kintamani-Bali
  • Appenzeller Sennenhund
  • Ariegeois
  • Australian Kelpie
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Australian Silky Terrier
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
  • Australian Terrier
  • American Foxhound
  • Azawakh

B

  • Barbet
  • Basenji
  • Basset Bleu de Gascogne
  • Basset Fauve de Bretagne
  • Basset Hound
  • Basset Artesien Normand
  • Bayerischer Gebirgsschweisshund
  • Beagle
  • Beagle-Harrier
  • Bearded Collie
  • Berger Blanc Suisse
  • Berger de Beauce
  • Berger de Picardie
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Berner Sennenhund
  • Bichon a Poil Frise
  • Berger de Brie
  • Bichon Havanais
  • Billy
  • Bolognese
  • Border Collie 
  • Border Terrier
  • Bosanski Ostrodlaki Gonic-Barak
  • Boston Terrier
  • Black and Tan Coonhound
  • Bouvier Des Ardennes
  • Bouvier Des Flandres-Vlaamse Koehond
  • Bracco Italiano
  • Brandlbracke – (Vieräugl)
  • Braque D’Auvergne
  • Braque de L’Ariège
  • Braque du Bourbonnais
  • Bouledogue Français
  • Braque Français – Type Gascogne
  • Braque Français – Type Pyrenees
  • Braque Saint-Germain
  • Broholmer
  • Bull Terrier
  • Briquet Griffon Vendeen
  • Bullmastiff
  • Bulldog

C

  • CA de Bestiar
  • Canaan Dog
  • Canadian Eskimo Dog
  • Cane Corso Italiano
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Cane Da Pastore Bergamasco
  • Caniche
  • Cão Da Serra Da Estrela
  • Cão Da Serra de Aires
  • Cane Da Pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese
  • Cão de Agua Português
  • Cão de Castro Laboreiro
  • Cão Fila de São Miguel
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Cão de Gado Transmontano
  • Ceskoslovenský Vlciak
  • Ceský Fousek
  • Chart Polski
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Chien D’Artois
  • Ceský Terier
  • Chien de Berger Belge
  • Chien de Berger Des Pyrenees a Face Rase
  • Chien de Montagne Des Pyrenees
  • Chien de Saint Hubert
  • Chien de Berger Des Pyrenees a Poil Long
  • Chihuahueño
  • Chin
  • Chinese Crested Dog 
  • Chodsky Pes
  • Ciobanesc Rom Nesc Carpatin
  • Chow Chow 
  • Cimarrón Uruguayo
  • Ciobanesc Rom Nesc de Bucovina
  • Ciobanesc Rom Nesc Mioritic
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Collie Rough
  • Collie Smooth
  • Cirneco Dell’Etna
  • Continental Bulldog
  • Crnogorski Planinski Gonic
  • Curly Coated Retriever
  • Coton de Tulear

D

  • Dachshund
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Dalmatinski Pas
  • Dansk-Svensk Gårdshund
  • Deerhound
  • Deutsch Kurzhaar
  • Deutsch Langhaar
  • Deutscher Boxer
  • Deutsch Stichelhaar
  • Deutsch Drahthaar
  • Deutsche Bracke
  • Deutsche Dogge
  • Deutscher Jagdterrier
  • Deutscher Schäferhund
  • Deutscher Spitz
  • Do-Khyi
  • Deutscher Wachtelhund
  • Dobermann
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Drentsche Patrijshond
  • Drever
  • Drótzörü Magyar Vizsla
  • Dunker
  • Deutscher Pinscher

E

  • Eesti Hagijas
  • English Cocker Spaniel
  • English Pointer
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • English Foxhound
  • English Toy Terrier
  • Entlebucher Sennenhund
  • Epagneul Bleu de Picardie
  • Epagneul Breton
  • Epagneul de Pont-Audemer
  • Epagneul Picard
  • Epagneul Français
  • English Setter
  • Epagneul Nain Continental
  • Erdélyi Kopó
  • Eurasier

F

  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Field Spaniel
  • Français Blanc ET Orange
  • Fox Terrier (Smooth)
  • Fox Terrier (Wire)
  • Flat Coated Retriever
  • Français Blanc ET Noir
  • Français Tricolore

G

  • Golden Retriever
  • Galgo Español
  • Gascon Saintongeois
  • Gammel Dansk Hønsehund
  • Gonczy Polski
  • Gordon Setter
  • Gos Rater Valencià
  • Gos D’Atura Català
  • Grand Anglo-Français Blanc ET Noir
  • Grand Anglo-Français Tricolore
  • Grand Anglo-Français Blanc ET Orange
  • Grand Bleu de Gascogne
  • Grand Griffon Vendeen
  • Griffon a Poil Dur Korthals
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Griffon Belge
  • Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Griffon Bleu de Gascogne
  • Greyhound
  • Griffon Fauve de Bretagne
  • Griffon Nivernais
  • Grønlandshund
  • Grosser Münsterländer Vorstehhund
  • Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund

H

  • Hamiltonstövare
  • Harrier
  • Haldenstøver
  • Hannoverscher Schweisshund
  • Hellinikos Ichnilatis
  • Hokkaido
  • Hollandse Herdershond
  • Hovawart
  • Hrvatski Ovcar
  • Hollandse Smoushond
  • Hygenhund

I

  • Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Irish Red Setter
  • Irish Red and White Setter
  • Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Irish Terrier
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Istarski Ostrodlaki Gonic
  • Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonic

Í

  • ÍSlenskur Fjárhundur

J

  • Jämthund
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Jugoslovenski Ovcarski Pas-Sarplaninac

K

  • Kai
  • Kangal çOban Köpegi
  • Kavkazskaïa Ovtcharka
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Karjalankarhukoira
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Kishu 
  • Kleiner Münsterländer
  • Komondor
  • Kromfohrländer
  • Korea Jindo Dog 
  • Kraski Ovcar
  • Kuvasz

L

M

  • Magyar Agar
  • Maltese
  • Mastín Español
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Mastiff 
  • Mastín Del Pirineo
  • Mastino Napoletano
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Miniature American Shepherd
  • Mudi

N

  • Nederlandse Kooikerhondje
  • Newfoundland
  • Nihon Supittsu
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Nederlandse Schapendoes
  • Norrbottenspets
  • Norsk Buhund
  • Nihon Teria
  • Norsk Elghund Grå
  • Norsk Lundehund
  • Norsk Elghund Sort
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

O

  • Ogar Polski
  • Otterhound
  • Old English Sheepdog

Ö

  • ÖSterreichischer Pinscher

P

  • Parson Russell Terrier
  • Pekingese 
  • Perdiguero de Burgos
  • Perro de Agua Español
  • Perdigueiro Português
  • Perro Sin Pelo Del Perú
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Petit Bleu de Gascogne
  • Petit Brabançon
  • Perro Dogo Mallorquín
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Piccolo Levriero Italiano
  • Petit Chien Lion
  • Podenco Canario
  • Podengo Português
  • Poitevin
  • Polski Owczarek Nizinny
  • Podenco Ibicenco
  • Polski Owczarek Podhalanski
  • Porcelaine
  • Prazsky Krysarik
  • Presa Canario
  • Posavski Gonic
  • Pug
  • Puli
  • Pudelpointer
  • Pumi

R

  • Rastreador Brasileiro
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Riesenschnauzer
  • Rafeiro Do Alentejo
  • Rottweiler
  • Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya
  • Rövidszörü Magyar Vizsla
  • Russkiy Toy
  • Russkiy Tchiorny Terrier
  • Russko-Evropeïskaïa Laïka

S

  • Saarlooswolfhond
  • Saluki
  • Shiba
  • Samoiedskaïa Sabaka
  • Sabueso Español
  • Schillerstövare
  • Schipperke
  • Schweizer Niederlaufhund
  • Schnauzer
  • Schweizer Laufhund – Chien Courant Suisse
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Segugio Italiano a Pelo Forte
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Segugio Italiano a Pelo Raso
  • Segugio Maremmano
  • Shar Pei 
  • Shikoku
  • Skye Terrier
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Sloughi
  • Slovenský Hrubosrstý Stavac (Ohar)
  • Slovenský Kopov
  • Shih Tzu 
  • Smålandsstövare
  • Spinone Italiano
  • Slovenský Cuvac
  • Sredneasiatskaya Ovtcharka
  • Srpski Gonic
  • St.bernhardshund – Bernhardiner
  • Stabijhoun
  • Srpski Trobojni Gonic
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Steirische Rauhhaarbracke
  • Suomenlapinkoira
  • Suomenpystykorva
  • Sussex Spaniel
  • Svensk Lapphund
  • Siberian Husky
  • Suomenajokoira

T

V

  • Västgötaspets
  • Vostotchno-Sibirskaïa Laïka
  • Volpino Italiano

W

  • Weimaraner
  • Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) 
  • Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)
  • Welsh Terrier
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
  • Westfälische Dachsbracke
  • Wetterhoun
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Whippet

X

  • Xoloitzcuintle

Y

  • Yakutskaya Laika
  • Yuzhnorusskaya Ovcharka
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Z

  • Zapadno-Sibirskaïa Laïka
  • Zwergschnauzer
  • Zwergpinscher

Conclusion

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We hope you enjoyed this list of dog statistics.

We regularly update this list of statistics. So feel free to check this page later for new insights.

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Sources of dog statistics

  • https://fci.be/en/nomenclature/ 
  • https://www.worldatlas.com/animals/most-populous-animals-on-earth.html 
  • https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/dog-population-by-country
  • https://worldanimalfoundation.org/advocate/pet-adoption-statistics/
  • https://www.aspca.org/helping-people-pets/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2024/02/20/more-dogs-euthanized-than-cats-2023/72633423007/
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