The Global Dog Economy

Dog ownership can be seen as an economic indicator

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Did you know that India boasts the world’s fastest-growing dog population, or that Norway spends the most on dog food? According to The Atlantic, dog ownership can be seen as an economic indicator. To those of us who spend a percentage of our income making sure our pets are healthy and happy, this should not come as a surprise.

“As incomes rise, some people can afford to have pets for the first time, while others decide they can spring for new toys, trips to the groomer, or pricey organic kibbles.”

Sadly, not all dogs of the world are pampered pets. There is concern that in many places, “the number of pets is spreading faster than the awareness of how to raise them.” Indeed, as with any economic indicator, the statistics on dog ownership draw into focus just how highly stratified different parts of the world are. Click here for the full story.

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