Whether you’re a canine lover or feline fanatic, one thing’s for certain: Dogs and cats are the most popular pets in America. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 36.5% of households have a dog, and 30.4% of households have a cat.
Notice that only 48 states were included in the AVMA survey as Alaska and Hawaii were excluded. Even without those two states, a whopping 43.3 million U.S. households are home to the nation’s nearly 70 million pups.
> Dog-owning households: 44.0%
> Dog population: 7.16 million
> 5 most popular breeds: Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs
The region where the most dog-owning households reside is East South Central — which consists of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee — with nearly 6 million doggie-loving households. That’s close to half of all households in the region. New England, on the other hand, only has 2.2 million, or less than a third of households.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the data and ranked the states beginning with Massachusetts, the state with the fewest dog-owning households. Can you guess which state has the most?
To identify the states where people love dogs the most and least, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of households that own dogs in each of the 48 contiguous U.S. states from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographic Sourcebook, the 2012 edition. The book contains the latest data available. The top five most popular dog breeds in each state was provided by purebred dog registry The American Kennel Club.