Updated: 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 | Posted: 9:07 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011
By Debbie Juniewicz
U.S. pets by the numbers
There are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs in the United States.
39 percent of U.S. households own at least one dog.
Most owners (60 percent) own one dog.
28 percent of owners own two dogs.
12 percent of owners own three or more dogs.
The proportion of male to female dogs is even.
21 percent of owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter.
On average, dog owners spent $248 on veterinary visits (vaccine, well visits) annually.
There are approximately 86.4 million owned cats in the United States.
33 percent of U.S. households own at least one cat.
52 percent of owners own more than one cat.
More female cats are owned than male cats (80 percent vs. 65 percent, respectively).
21 percent of owned cats were adopted from an animal shelter.
Cat owners spent an average of $219 on routine veterinary visits.
SOURCE: Statistics compiled from the American Pet Products Association 2011-12 National Pet Owners Survey.