Illustrated here is the difference between the percentage of households that own dogs and the percentage that own cats. The purplish states are dog country, while cats inhabit the greenish spaces. The most dog-friendly state is Louisiana where dogs outnumber cats by almost double. At the other end of the spectrum stands Maine where cats edge out dogs by a good percentage.
Dog Lovin’ States
These states have the largest positive difference between dog ownership percentage and cat ownership percentage.
Only 26% of households own cats while 48% own dogs. Louisiana’s loves dogs so much that it has a state dog, the Catahoula, which is believed to be the first dog breed developed in North America.
Dogs outnumber cats 1.35-to-1
45% of Mississippi households have dogs but only 29% have cats. .
43% of Texan households have dogs and 28% have cats.
44% of Arizona households have a dog while 30% have a cat.
Top Cat Lovin’ States
These states have the largest negative difference between dog ownership percentage and cat ownership percentage.
46% of Maine households have cats and 35% have dogs. The Maine Coon is not only the state cat, but also the winner of the first cat show in the United States, May 8, 1895
50% of Vermont households have a cat and 38% have a dog.
34% cat owning households, 24% dog owning.
4. New Hampshire
34% cat owning households, 30% dog owning.
32% cat owning households and 28% dog owning.
Here in the U.S., slightly more households own dogs than own cats. But the numbers show that in terms of raw population, cats outnumber dogs to the tune of 2 million (the number is closer to 4 million, by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s estimate). Why? One simple explanation is that cats are more compact. You can fit more cats in a house than you can, say, golden retrievers. (You can also geolocate a lot of them, which is fun, but entirely besides the point.)
At the state level in the U.S., cats outnumber dogs in the Northeast and Upper Midwest. Dogs are the favorite in the South and Southwest. A lot of that simply has to do with population density, simply because many large cities just aren’t that dog-friendly.”
Around the world the story is quite different. In India, for instance, pet dogs outnumber cats 10-to-1. Dogs enjoy a 2.5-to-1 advantage in China. On the other hand, cats outnumber dogs 3-to-1 in Switzerland, Austria and Turkey.