Eliza Buglar

Dec 16, 2020

What is the most searched pet in the world?

Pets bring joy, happiness and companionship into our homes, and we all think ours is the best in the world!

But what is the most popular pet? Does it come down to the usual suspect of dogs versus cats, or are other types of pets also vying for the top spot?

To find out, we used the Google Trends ‘search queries’ function to learn the top three most searched pets in each country around the world in 2019.

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Click each region below to see a close-up version of the results.

 

And the most searched pet is… Dogs!

Yes, man’s best friend came crashing in – wagging tails and all – to the top spot for the most searched pet in 2019.

Out of the 169 countries that returned Google Trends search data for pets, 161 had searched for dogs in some capacity, and 157 countries had dogs in their top three searched pets.

Cats, however, were not far behind, appearing in 137 countries’ pet searches and 129’s top three.

Horses and hamsters clinched third and fourth place respectively, and snakes were the fifth most searched pet. Even more surprisingly, scorpions were the ninth! They may not be as cuddly as cats and dogs, but it appears that people around the world love these sharp little critters as pets.

Number of countries’ results in which the top five pets appeared

Other pets that appeared in the #1 spot

Of course, cats and dogs weren’t the only animals that nabbed the top spot as each country’s most searched pet. Click each pet below to see the countries in which they were the most searched.

Hamster
  • Algeria
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Iraq
  • Malaysia
  • Réunion
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
Frog
  • Angola
  • Cape Verde
  • Mozambique
  • Portugal
  • Timor-Leste
Fish
  • Bermuda
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • North Macedonia
  • Thailand
Iguana
  • Aruba
  • Venezuela
Horse
  • Burkina Faso
  • Mali
Bird
  • Indonesia
  • Syria
Guinea pig
  • Guinea
Chicken
  • Saudi Arabia

Furthermore, Bermuda, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Guinea, Mozambique and Timor-Leste were the only countries that didn’t see dogs or cats anywhere in their top three most searched pets in 2019.

What were the less common pets of 2019?

As is the way of the world, some things just aren’t as popular as others – and that includes pets, no matter how much we think we love all animals equally.

Guinea pigs showed up in five countries’ overall results, donkeys and iguanas made an appearance in four, and geckos and pigs made two countries’ lists. However, the following only made it into the overall results for one country each:

  • sugar gliders (Bahrain);
  • chameleons (Democratic Republic of Congo);
  • chinchillas (Armenia);
  • sheep (Taiwan);
  • hermit crabs (Maldives);
  • cows (Romania);
  • peacocks (Taiwan); and
  • monkeys (Senegal).

The search for pets: 2019 vs 2020

We also thought we’d look at how search interest in the top eight most searched pets in 2019 has fared during the first six months of 2020, compared to the same time in 2019. Did the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent worldwide lockdowns have any impact on the number of people Googling for pets?

Click through the below charts to see how the trends changed year-on-year.

We can see that searches for ‘dog’ and ‘cat’ began to pick up in March 2020, the month during which many countries around the world began to implement stay-at-home restrictions.1 Search interest in horses, hamsters, birds and fish also experienced slight increases from March 2020.

Conversely, search volumes for ‘snake’ and ‘rabbit’ decreased during the first six months of 2020.

 

Protect your pet as best you can

Whether your beloved pet is one of the most or least searched of 2019, you no doubt want to protect it in every way you can. Aside from vaccinations, worming and other healthcare, one thing you can do is get pet insurance.

Pets can be mischievous little things and, unfortunately, may get themselves into trouble from time to time. Pet insurance can help foot the bills for injuries and illnesses, allowing you to focus on helping your furry friend get back to health.

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Notes

Most searched pets

  • Some results were for specific breeds or types of animal (e.g. rottweilers and canaries). In these instances, we interpreted the results to mean the general category of animal (e.g. dogs and birds).
  • Google Translate was used to ensure that the top three searched pets in each country were accurate (i.e. the top three results were not just based on the English data, when the non-English data may’ve been the same pets but higher on the list). However, the accuracy of Google Translate itself is not accounted for.
  • Not every country returned enough data to make a top three. This could be due to reasons such as availability of internet or language barriers.

Search interest in pets: 2019 vs 2020

  • The search volumes for ‘snake’ may be skewed by the game Snake, which is the top Google result for the term ‘snake’.
Methodology

Most searched pets

  • We set the time range in Google Trends to 2019 (full year) and the category to ‘Pets’.
  • We then set the region to each country available in Google Trends, one at a time.
  • For each country, we downloaded the data available under the ‘Search queries’ section, which shows the top 25 searches for the selected category in the selected time range (in this case, ‘Pets’ in 2019).
  • Google Translate was used to translate non-English search data.

Search interest in pets: 2019 vs 2020

  • We noted down all the types of pets that appeared in each country’s data, resulting in 29 types.
  • The 29 types were entered into Keywords Everywhere (as ‘dog’, ‘cat’, ‘horse’, etc.)
  • We then downloaded the trends data for each type of pet.
  • The search volumes for January-June in 2019 and 2020 were pulled from the downloaded data to build the above chart.
Date of data collection

Most searched pets

  • Google Trends data = 15-17 September 2020

Search interest in pets: 2019 vs 2020

  • Global search volumes of the types of pets (from Keywords Everywhere) = 18 September 2020
Sources
Google Trends, accessed 15-17 September 2020.
Keywords Everywhere, accessed 18 September 2020.
1 Our World in Data – Policy responses to the coronavirus pandemic: Stay-at-home restrictions. Last updated 21 September 2020. Accessed 21 September 2020.