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How many dogs are there in Germany?

Pets play an important role in the everyday lives of many Germans. Of course, this also applies to dogs, which are often called man's best friend because of their loyal nature. But how many dogs are there in Germany in total and are these four-legged friends really the most popular pets among Germans? We will give you the answers to these questions in the following paragraphs.

How many dogs live in German households?

According to Statista, around 10.7 million dogs lived in German households in 2020. This means that the number of four-legged friends has once again increased significantly. In 2018, there were 9.4 million animals and in 2015, there were only 7.9 million dogs in Germany.

Which dogs are particularly popular in Germany?

There are several hundred different breeds of dog, sometimes very distinctly different from each other in terms of appearance and size. Of course, not all of them are equally common in Germany.

According to the VDH puppy statistics, the following breeds occupied the top 10 most births in 2020:

  1. German Shepherd dog
  2. Dachshund
  3. German Wirehair
  4. Labrador
  5. Poodle
  6. Golden Retriever
  7. German Boxer
  8. Rottweiler
  9. Border Collie
  10. German Shorthair

Nevertheless, the most popular dog in Germany is not the German shepherd, but mongrels, or mixed breeds. Despite everything, this fact is unlikely to change soon.

Are dogs the most popular pets in Germany?

Although there are around 10.7 million dogs in Germany, they only occupy second place in terms of numbers. Cats are still in the first place by a wide margin, with around 15.7 million of them in Germany in 2020. Thus, cats, not dogs, are the most popular pets among Germans.

Why dog owners should focus on sustainability when buying food

The approximately 10.7 million dogs in Germany naturally also need to eat something every day. The demand for dog food is correspondingly high. Since dog food usually contains meat, feeding the four-legged friends involves a burden on the environment that should not be underestimated. After all, it is no secret that modern factory farming causes considerable environmental damage and also contributes to climate change.


More and more dog owners are therefore looking for sustainable alternatives for feeding their four-legged companions. If you not only want to do something for the environment when buying food for your dog but also want to ensure that your four-legged friend gets the nutrients he needs, our sustainable insect-based dog food is the right choice for you.


The insect protein it contains from the larvae of Hermetia illucens (black soldier flies) is characterised by its high biological value and its complex amino acid profile. It can be excellently digested by dogs and also has almost no allergy potential. This also makes it a good choice for allergic or generally nutritionally sensitive four-legged friends.


At the same time, the production of insect protein requires significantly less space and resources than meat production. With our insect-based varieties, you are thus choosing the perfect combination of species-appropriate feeding and sustainability.

Get to know Bellfor dog food with insects.

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