This US Map Reveals Which States Prefers Dogs Over Cats And Vice Versa

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic

The age-old question: who is more popular, cats or dogs? Some owners will staunchly defend their doggos as the best pets around, while others won’t budge a from claiming their cherished felines should be #1. But what do the statistics say? An interesting survey unveiled a special map of the U.S. : one that shows us exactly the differences in cat and dog popularity.

State by state, percentage by percentage, the cat and dog battle is revealed in accurate numbers, thanks to the website Zippia. A truly stunning graphic map has been published by this website otherwise known as a popular career and job portal. And it reveals each U.S. state’s choice of pets. 

First, however, we need to understand that roughly 86.9 million homes in America (around 66%) owns a pet in 2023-2024, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). And from these numbers, it is revealed that around 65.1 million homes own a dog, making them by far most popular choice of pet animal. In comparison, around 46.5 million homes own a cat. But still, many of these owners own both a cat and a dog.

But the Zippia map shows exactly which states are majority doggo lovers, and which ones are strictly feline fans. Their results were compiled with detailed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Kennel Club.

The numbers tell us that Arkansas is the state that has the most dog lovers in the entire country - around 48% of its residents own a dog according to Zippia. A stark contrast is Massachusetts, with just 24% of its residents owning a pooch. 

And then there are the cat fans. According to Zippia, the most feline-friendly states are Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont. This reveals that America’s northeast has a special tendency towards cats in general. Some readers suggested that the climate and the general ambience of New England is more favorable for cats rather than doggos. 

But northernmost and southernmost states, Alaska and Texas, are strict doggo fans, which may be connected with their rugged nature and the protective and work role of certain dog breeds. 

But what about the breeds? Zippia also reveals that most states, 45 in total, are absolutely mad about Labrador Retrievers. This should not come as a surprise - Labradors are gentle and caring animals that make great pets. 

What about you? Are you a dog lover or a feline friend? Or do you adore both? 

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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