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Characteristics of the Privately Owned Dog & Cat Population & Their Owners
City of Los Angeles

Report provided by the Humane America Animal Foundation. Figures are based upon results of a December 1999 random telephone survey
of 517 City of Los Angeles households. Interviews were conducted by Davis Research, LLC, in English and Spanish.

Privately Owned Dog & Cat Population in the City of Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles residents are much less likely to have dogs or cats than the national average. While the average
number of dogs per dog-owning household was close to the national average, the average number of cats per
cat-owning household was much lower.

Households

City of Los Angeles

National (based on 1998/1999 APPMA Pet Owners Study)

With at least one dog or cat

26.7%

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With at least one dog

19.9%

39.1%

With at least one cat

13.0%

32.1%

With at least one dog and one cat

6.19%

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Average number of dogs per dog-owning household

1.48

1.41

Average number of cats per cat-owning household

1.57

2.40

The following is an extrapolation of the total number of privately owned dogs and cats in the City of Los Angeles:

Number of dogs 367,000
Number of cats 254,000

Estimated Number of Dog, Cat & Bird-Owning Households in Los Angeles County

 

Characteristics of Dog & Cat Owning Households in the City of Los Angeles
Percentages shown in the following tables are that of all households regardless of pet ownership.

Dog or cat ownership is strongly affected by the ethnic background of a household.

Household

Ethnic background

Caucasian

Hispanic

Asian

African-American

Other

Has a dog

33.1%

14.1%

8.3%

16.7%

5.3%

Has a cat

25.5%

5.7%

2.8%

10.0%

15.8%

Has an unaltered pet

13.4%

8.1%

2.8%

10.0%

10.5%

 

Households with older people are more likely to have cats, but age does not appear to strongly determine whether
a household has a dog.

Household

Age Group

Under 25

25-34

35-44

45-54

55-64

65+

Has a dog

23.4%

19.6%

21.1%

25.4%

21.9%

9.3%

Has a cat

10.5%

7.0%

13.7%

22.4%

15.6%

14.0%

 

Families with young children are less likely to have dogs or cats, but that changes as the children get older,
especially after age 13.

Children in Household

Has a Dog

Has a Cat

None

21.6%

15.7%

Under 3 years

10.3%

7.7%

3 to 7 yrs

7.4%

3.7%

8 to 13 yrs

20.3%

15.3%

14 to 18 yrs

39.1%

19.6%

 

Households that are homeowners (as opposed to renters) are more likely to have a dog or cat.

Household

Owners

Renters

Has a dog

40.2%

9.2%

Has a cat

20.6%

8.7%

Source: Humane America Animal Foundation

 

There are more than 2.6 million privately-owned cats and dogs in Los Angeles County. As for
"exotic" pets, more than 90 percent are reptiles.

 

 

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