The dog is together with the cat, one of the most popular pets. Approximately 2.2 million dogs and 3.7 million cats are currently kept in the Netherlands. With a population of around 16.7 million people, this means that about one in seven Dutch people shares their house with a dog, and even one in five with a cat.
Bastard dogs and pedigree dogs
The bastard dog is by far the most loved dog. The bastard dog is not a pedigree dog, but is a mishmash of all kinds of different, pedigree dogs. Of all dogs that are kept, about 65% is a bastard dog. This amounts to about 1.5 million bastard dogs. The number of pedigree dogs that are kept is around 750,000. Especially the German Shepherd Dog, the Labrador Retriever and the Chihuahua are very popular pedigree dogs.