Italy, Spain, France top pet bird populations in Europe

Italy, Spain, France top pet bird populations in Europe

Birds are the third most common pets in Europe. The European Pet Food Industry Federation (FEDIAF) reported 52 million birds total in Europe and Turkey in 2022. Italy held the largest number pet ornamental birds, followed by Turkey, Spain and France. Turkey and Russia were both included in FEDIAF figures although Turkey lies outside of geographical Europe, as does a significant portion of Russia. No distinction was made between pets living in the European or Asian portions of Russia.

Pet bird population in Europe and Turkey

ITALY – 12,882,000

SPAIN – 6,991,000

FRANCE – 5,800,000

GERMANY – 4,900,000

RUSSIA – 3,280,000

UNITED KINGDOM – 1,600,000

POLAND – 1,144,000

GREECE – 974,000

UKRAINE – 784,000

PORTUGAL – 641,000


TURKEY – 11,291,000

European pet food market and population in 2022

In 2022, the European pet food market grew to EUR29.1 billion (US$31.1 billion) with an average 5.1% annual growth rate during the past three years, according to a FEDIAF report. To reach those sales figures, European pet owners purchased 10.5 million tonnes (11.6 million US tons) of pet food products, growing at 3.5% annually. Europe was home to 150 pet food companies last year. Those businesses operated an estimated 200 facilities which employed 118,000 people.

For 2022, FEDIAF recorded 91 million European households owning at least one pet. That means approximately 46% of European households contain a pet. Cats were the most popular pets with a population of 127 million in 26% of households. Dogs followed cats closely as the second most popular pet. Dogs lived in approximately 25% of European households with a population of 104 million.

  • 127 million cats
  • 104 million dogs
  • 53 million birds
  • 29 million small mammals
  • 22 million aquaria
  • 11 million reptiles

About European Pet Food Federation

The European Pet Food Federation represents the European pet food industry. It is an umbrella organization of national pet food industry associations. FEDIAF’s mission is to be the voice of the European pet food industry collaborating with authorities, regulators and academics for achieving favorable conditions for the supply of safe, nutritious and palatable products to pets and their owners. Based in Brussels, FEDIAF states that it is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, to the wellbeing of pet animals, to their important social role and to sustainable development.

The annual Facts & Figures from FEDIAF are compiled using figures from FEDIAF and its member associations and estimations based upon where indicated.

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