Do you really know where your pet comes from?

The company I-CAD, which manages the National Identification File of domestic carnivorous animals in France (dogs, cats and ferrets), under delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, has just published a computer graphics on pet imports.

32 984 : this is the number of animals (dogs, cats and ferrets) imported to France in 2016, according to I-CAD information. Dogs are significantly more imported than cats: 27,296 against 5,589. Each month, 1,529 dogs, cats and ferrets are imported on average, the dogs being much more numerous, which may seem paradoxical when we know that cats outnumber dogs on French territory

Where do imported animals come from?

Imports of animals are constantly increasing. The animals imported into France come in the vast majority from Europe

Dog import countries:

  • Belgium
  • Spain
  • Portugal

Cats import countries:

  • Belgium
  • Russia
  • Spain

Countries importing ferrets:

  • United States
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium

It should be noted, however, that many animals from Eastern European countries are imported, sometimes illegally, into Belgium , where they are then identified and then exported again to France. Belgium is indeed known as a hub of animal trafficking. It is often a place of transit, at the crossroads of Europe. That is why this state is the most populated dog and cat.

Which breeds are the most imported?

The most imported dog breeds are

  • Chihuahua
  • The Yorkshire Terrier
  • The French Bulldog
  • The German Shepherd
  • The Spitz

The most imported cat breeds are:

  • The European
  • The Maine Coon
  • The British Shorthair
  • The Bengal
  • The Persian

This is not surprising: the imported breeds are popular, "fashionable". In France, these animals can sell a fortune. Abroad, they cost much less. That is why 45% of professionals and 55% of individuals import their animals from abroad.

Where are the animals imported?

Unsurprisingly, imported animals are present in the border regions, the Hauts -de-France (2,586 animals) and the Grand-Est region (2,502 animals), since they are close to Belgium. But they are found mostly in Île-de-France (2,834 animals) where they are then likely to find buyers, especially in pet stores.

To read also: What are the names and breeds of dogs and cats most common in France?