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Street Dogs Around The World – The Top 10 Countries

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 6 ·
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Stray dogs are everywhere. They’re a problem in some areas while accepted in other places. So, let’s talk about street dogs around the world and the top 10 countries where they reside.

Which Countries Have The Most Street Dogs?

While there are stray animals worldwide, there are some countries that have more street dogs than anywhere else.

USA

Believe it or not, the United States has the most stray dogs. Between 75 and 80 million stray animals are wandering around, and about half of that number are dogs. 

Street dogs are a bigger problem in some states than others because every state has different laws about stray dogs.

Luckily, the USA does have plenty of rescue organizations and animals shelters. So, street dogs can go there safely and find new homes.

Brazil

Brazil has about 36 million dogs. Only about 50% of Brazilian homes own a dog as a pet, though. This is because this country loves dogs and tries not to have any street dogs.

For instance, they care about the health and well-being of dogs. So, if there are strays dogs, people will do their best to help the pup.

China

China has 27 million dogs, but this country has rules about helping street dogs. People can adopt these stray dogs. If they can’t, they’re allowed to feed them.

Russia

There are about 15 million stray dogs in Russia. Unfortunately, not many people will adopt the dogs or help them, but they live in harmony with the street dogs.

For example, some street dogs wander around the cities as if they own the area. They’ll ride trains and such, and the people will encourage this behavior from the dogs.

Japan

Japan has about 12 million dogs, and they do their best to keep the street dog population as low as possible.

Pets are just as important and loved as human children in this country. So, the dogs will get food, love, and pampered no matter their home.

Philippines

This area has about 11 million dogs. But unfortunately, they’re number four in the world when it comes to rabies-related deaths.

They are trying to keep the stray dog population under control so that the dogs and humans are safe. However, most dogs don’t get vaccinated for rabies or get the care and medical attention they need.

India

About ten million stray dogs wander India. They live in peace with the people of India and are cared for by being fed. Most people care about stray dogs but don’t have the room or the money to adopt them.

So, they accept the street dogs, and they all live in peace.

Argentina

Argentina has about nine million dogs. They keep the street dog population as low as possible, making it easy for families to own dogs.

For example, most apartments allow pets so that people can have a couple of dogs. Also, the government has strict rules about vaccinations, spaying, and neutering dogs. 

France

France has about seven million dogs where they are loved as part of the family. However, about 100,000 dogs are often abandoned by their family despite this. They become street dogs before they’re caught by the pound and euthanized. 

Romania

There are about four million dogs in Romania, and, unfortunately, stray dogs are a huge problem. This is because people will kill the dogs instead of helping them.

An animal welfare law was finally passed in 2008, stating that no healthy animal could be killed. However, in 2013, when a boy was killed, believed to be caused by stray dogs, the hatred of stray dogs grew worse.

Why Are Street Dogs An Issue Around The World?

Every part of the world has a different view of dogs.

For example, some areas see dogs and other animals as part of the family. But, on the other hand, some places seem to think that dogs are a way to make money or they’re used as disposable companions.

Sadly, some countries catch and kill dogs to trade their meat with other countries.

No matter how dogs are viewed in a certain country, street dogs are an issue. Of course, it is unsafe for the dogs, but it’s also dangerous for humans to have wild dogs roaming about.

Aggressive Dogs

First, once dogs become street dogs, they might often become aggressive toward humans.

Dogs can become strays for several reasons. Maybe they were born on the street from a stray litter, or perhaps they were abandoned by their family. In some cases, the dogs run away or wander from their home and are never found or reunited with their owner.

Over time, they can be fearful of humans, thus becoming aggressive. They might bite other pets or humans while on the streets, thus making them sick.

Rabies

Rabies is a huge issue in some parts of the world. Unfortunately, most countries do not get their dogs vaccinated for rabies. If they get it out in the wild, they can infect other wild animals.

On the other hand, they can infect pets and you if you happen to get too close.

Unwanted Litters

Finally, unwanted litters is an issue. Like the rabies vaccine, many people can’t afford to spay or neuter their dogs.

When this happens, it only increases the stray dog population. For example, if a mother has a little of five puppies, there are six dogs in need of a home rather than just the mom.

Street Dogs Around The World: There Should Be No Stray Dogs

Every part of the world has a different view of dogs, including stray dogs. Some have laws to protect strays while others don’t. Regardless, we need to do what we can to decrease the homeless dog population and help these animals. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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