What pet is the most popular?

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68 percent of all U.S. households have pets. That’s 84.6 million households (out of 124.587 million) with pets, according to the U.S. Census.

Dogs have the lead as most popular pet, but cats aren’t too far behind. Here’s how our pets rank, according to the 2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey.
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Number of U.S. Households that Own a Pet (millions)

Dog: 63.4

Cat: 42.7

Freshwater Fish: 11.5

Bird: 5.7

Small Animal: 5.4

Reptile: 4.5

Horse: 1.6

Saltwater Fish: 1.6

But, the most popular pet among teens is the rat, according to a survey. For more on that, check out this article:

Study finds kids and teens rate rats as favorite pet

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