Do you rent in Australia and own a dog? You’re not alone. Around 68% of you have a Pet Resume profile for their pooch attached to your Renter Resume today.

Photo: iStock/fotografixx.

Pets have been so popular, in fact, that more than 50,000 Pet Resumes have been created since we first launched the tool on as part of the Renter Resume.

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Being able to move into a rental with your pet is an issue that hits home for many people. To see 50,000 pets with resumes is a sign that for around one third of renters, the right to pet ownership is pretty crucial.

Pet Resume is a unique addition to the Renter Resume tool – you can add some personality to your pet’s profile with a photo and bio, as well as references, training details and vaccination details.

We find that with most of properties advertised, landlords and agents choose not to specify whether pets will be accepted or not – they’ve left this open to their discretion. So, for Australia’s renters, Pet Resume becomes a great tool to demonstrate responsible ownership.

Australian pet ownership by state and territory

It’s interesting to see the percentage of pet ownership in correlation to Australian states and territories – we can see that the biggest pet lovers are in Tasmania (TAS) (74% of all resumes having pets) and in the Northern Territory (NT) (58%).

This isn’t altogether surprising, given the population differences between the likes of TAS/NT versus other states like New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (VIC), which have far higher and denser population centres.

An engaged and responsible pet community

Despite the popularity of pet ownership across Australia (where 63% of households own a pet), renters regularly struggle in their bid to find a suitable home for the whole family. Around 29% of Renter Resumes have a Pet Resume attached – that’s less than half of all Australian pet owners and says a lot about the difficulties renters experience finding pet-friendly rental properties.

Property limitations and other factors such as insecure housing (fences), can be a key factor driving people to relinquish their pets, an outcome no one wants. The competitive nature of some capital city markets – i.e. Sydney – gives agents a larger pool of prospective tenants to choose from, and can increase the challenge.

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Where our furry friends call home

While cats and dogs unsurprisingly continue to dominate the popularity rankings, it was interesting to see how popular some pets were in key capital cities.

Reptiles are more popular with renters in the NT (3.5% of all pets) than in any other state/territory – but tended to err on the side of lizards and snakes, rather than crocodiles.

No rabbits in QLD (probably for the best – it’s illegal to keep them as pets), but most bunnies live in VIC (1.5%).

TAS, however is home to the highest percentage of birds – they make up 6% of all pets in the state. No other state comes close – SA is 2nd on 3.6%. TAS was also the state with the most varied pets to come under the ‘Other’ category – everything from ponies and guinea pigs to ferrets and chickens.

These adoption-worthy animals don’t get quite the same amount of attention as their canine and feline counterparts, but they’re still unique and make excellent pets.

Cats versus Dogs: The great debate 

A nation of dog lovers, but cats don’t miss out

It’s no surprise that man’s best friend – the dog – is Australia’s most loved household pet.

The NT is the most dog obsessed location in the country – 74% of all pets with a Pet Resume in the northern state were canines.

While the Territorians love their pooches, renters in NSW and QLD aren’t far behind (71% and 69% respectively) are renting with dogs.

Photo: Pixabay/klimkin.

Over in SA things take a turn – the state showed the lowest percentage makeup of dogs across the country (just 61% of all pets), but had one of the highest for cats (30%). SA was only surpassed in the feline stakes by one other state – VIC.

VIC renters have more cats than any other state or territory – 32% of all pets are cats. It’s unsurprising, perhaps that the least number of cats could be found in the NT (just 20%). NSW followed closely behind at (22%).

How age influences pet ownership

Who are Australia’s pet owners?

The age group most likely to own a dog is those aged 65 or above (71% of all Pets). Pet ownership remains average for those aged 15-34 (just 20% for 15-24 and 17% for those aged 25-34) and drops off considerably in the 65+ bracket (just 19% of all renters).

The lower percentage makeup for younger renters could be simply their age, or the likelihood that that stage of their life could feel less stable and thus find themselves more likely to move and find it difficult to keep pets.

Just 19% of those aged 65+ have pets today – renters falling into this bracket may be less likely to adopt a pet because they no longer have children.

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  1. As a long time renter i had 2 dogs and in one of my rentals i wasnt allowed them so i asked about a kitten. It took a long time for a reply from my agent i took it apon myself to get one but come to inspections nothing was said so have kept it . Now 2yrs on have moved on and still have my cat. ???

  2. I am so pleased to see the importance of family pets when renting is being recognised. Our small dog is a family member to us. He is an inside companion dog for my husband & with no children left at home he is so important to us. Thankyou McGrath for all your help with our accommodation needs.