What are the world’s most popular animals? Well, more people keen to keep animals / pets than before. Surveys show that people around the world share more and more of their lives with animals and pets at home, and every day, more original options emerge. The data is revealing: only in the United States is it estimated that 62% of the population keep at animal at home. The number of pets is usually related as a good indicator to know the economic level of a country.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The world National Wildlife Day that is on the 4th September / each year, our blogger, Hamid, has made a research to find out into which are the most popular animals according to polular social medias such as facebook and Instagram as well as Twitter. Some believe dogs are the most popular animals while other believe in cats and or in small birds, whatever, these two are among the most kept pets and animals by humans.

Below, showing the estimate of the most popular animals and pets in the United States that was made a few years ago:

Ranking Animals Population in USA [Millions]
1 Cats 202
2 Dogs 171
3 Fishes Unknown
4 Small Mammals Unknown
5 Birds Unknown
6 Reptiles and amphibians Unknown

World's Most Popular Animals According to Social Medias

Cats: Popular Pet in the world

Speaking of animals, the most popular pet in the world in terms of population is the cat. Researches show that there are around 202 million cats as pets around the world. In 2008, an estimated number of 93 million cats lived in 38 million American houses.

Since the domestication of the cat, around 7,500 BC, cats have gained popularity due to their ability to adapt to urban life in flats, as well as their ability to colonize rural areas. They are loving companions who can live in any condition and in any place, also, very well adapted too live by humans.

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Dogs: Hugely popular pet in the world

Although in the United States there were 45 million homes with dogs in 2008, they are the first favorite pet all over the world. The most recent data from dog owners is from 2006, and shows that there are 171 million dogs that live as pets all over the world.

The American Kennel Club recognizes more than 200 dog breeds, ranging from toy poodles that almost fit in your pocket, to a “very large” St. Bernard, which can weight up to 80 kg. Dogs are loyal, affectionate and have been a constant companion of human since millennia. They are partners, tutors, workers and helpers, although for many, they are also a terrible source of allergies.

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]The third most popular pet are freshwater fishes. Popular throughout the world, the largest population of goldfish, guppies and other aquarium inhabitants is found in the United States, where in 2006 there were 170 million fish in more than 13 million houses, and offices. While in the United Kingdom, there were about 24 million fish as pets.

Although they are less affectionate than their hairy or feathered counterparts, fish enthusiasts are very attached to their aquatic companions, and enjoy them for their tranquil beauty rather than for their loyal companionship.

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Small mammals

This category includes a large number of small mammals, such as squirrel, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils and many other adorable creatures. More than 5 million American families own a small animal and in the United Kingdom the number of houses that keep mammals is more than 2 million.

From rabbits to small hamsters, there were about 16 million of these small pets in the Australia. in 2008, and the number continues to grow. Their small size makes them ideal as pets for children.

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We can find countless popular birds that people usually keep at home as animals, so much so that they can fly (nymph, parakeets, canaries, diamonds dove birds, lovebirds, java sparrows, goldfinches, parrots, cockatoos, macaws and many more) and also the birds that cannot fly includes (partridge, quail, Chinese quail).

Birds are one of the most popular pet options in the world. In 2006 the Chinese had more than 71 million pet birds, making it a country with the most bird friendly country in the world. It is estimated that in the United States there are more than 18 million birds in more than 5 million houses.

Like its very distant relative, the reptiles, the birds can be relatively small and require little food and space, so it may be a more pleasant companion.

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Reptiles and amphibians

Although it is not the best option and it may not be in the list of world’s most popular animals for everyone, some people love their lizards, turtles and snakes. In the USA. There are about 4.7 million houses in which, as part of the family, there are some of these cold-blooded creatures. From small geckos to alligators (in some cases), reptiles make up a growing part of the pet market.

Although the possession of an exotic pet like a reptile requires its own treatment and special care, they are popular for several logical reasons. Their lack of hair or dandruff makes them a better option for owners with allergies, and this popular reptiles and amphibians does not require daily walks or extensive areas to walk them around, which is very important for many.

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And for you, what is your favorite pet, and what is a popular animal?