In this selection they are highlighted the 10 countries with more dogs in the world. Although pet dogs are loved as members of the human family in certain countries, in some others, stray dogs are considered social outcasts and risk to human health, well-being and physical safety. Most global authorities agree that proper treatment, sterilization, castration, and vaccination of dogs are the best ways to keep dog-related problems under control. Thus, nations can avail the benefits that owning a dog offers ranging from companionship and camaraderie to the facilitation of the pet industry. See also the largest dog breeds in the world. Source: franciscogardening.com
10. ROMANIA – 4.1 MILLION
There is a great controversy about dogs lost in Romania, the canine population is approximately 4.1 million in the same country. It is believed that the problem with dogs began during the 1980s when the people of the country were forced to leave their homes in the countryside and settle in small urban apartments to meet the dictates inherent in the push of industrialization that was being imposed by the authoritarian leader at the time, Nicolae Ceausescu.The dogs had to be abandoned on the streets in such cases, and they quickly multiplied in a short time, leaving the streets of Romania full of these homeless dogs. For years, these dogs have undergone mass slaughter in ways that have often been criticized by animal organizations.
9. FRANCE – 7.4 MILLION
France has 17 puppies for 100 people, one of the highest indexes in the world, and a canine population of about 7.4 million. 40% of the French people claim to love their dogs as family members, and dog lounges are found in almost every city in the country.
8. ARGENTINA – 9.2 MILLION
The Latin American country of Argentina has an expanding population of man’s best friends. As the country is becoming richer, more of its population is having dogs as pets, and the pet-care market is also getting faster and faster. Many apartments in the big cities of Argentina allow pets to be kept which is also encouraging people to adopt dogs. Poodles, Labradors, German Shepherd, are the most popular breeds in the country, while around 16% of owners have adopted stray dogs to keep as their pets.
7. INDIA – 10.2 MILLION
The situation for Indian lost dogs is unique. These animals developed into a class of their own, surviving, and often actually thriving, on the streets of India, fighting all odds and living with the love and support of the country’s tolerant human population.
6. PHILIPPINES – 11.6 MILLION
This country ranks fourth in the world in the incidence of human deaths related to rabies. This has prompted the country’s government to resort to the mass slaughter of dogs, often in ways that were considered cruel by animal advocacy organizations around the planet. Many of these organizations, such as Humane Society International, worked in close association with veterinarians and government personnel and other animal handling staff to educate them about canine vaccinations and sterilization programs.
5. JAPAN – 12 MILLION
In Japan, the very busy lives of the people often prevent them from being parents, which is part of the reason for the growth of the atrophied population in the island nation. Instead, many Japanese prefer pets, with the pet population in Japan surpassing the number of children in the country.
4. RUSSIA – 15 MILLION
Russia has a thriving population of stray dogs as well as a large population of pet dogs. The population of these animals is around 15 million in the country.
3. CHINA – 27.4 MILLION
China has a huge population of 27.4 million dogs, which is the third largest in the world. Both lost dogs and pets contribute to this large number. Despite the relaxation of a child’s policy, the Chinese population is not growing as fast as their pet population is. Interestingly, having a pet dog in Beijing in the 1980s was considered to be an imitation of the Western lifestyle, was considered illegal. However, with restrictions loosened in the following years, Chinese dog ownership grew rapidly. China also has the third largest pet market in the world.
2. BRAZIL – 35.7 MILLION
According to research estimates, the Brazilian pet market generated a revenue of 15.2 billion reais in 2013, which was an increase of 7.3% as compared to the data of 2012. This shows the popularity of pets in Brazil. It is the second largest country in the world in terms of dog population , with 35.7 million dogs home in the country. About 50% of Brazilian families own a dog.
1. UNITED STATES – 75.8 MILLION
The United States seems to be a haven for man’s best friends, with the dog population in the country reaching 75.8 million. Due to the popularity of dogs in the country, dog parks were established in almost every town and main village, and dog halls arose in large numbers of locations. Different states in the country have their own laws related to dog management, and owners are responsible for strictly enforcing these laws.