Demand for indoor pet dogs increases during lockdown
Thrissur: The indoor pet dog breeds are preferred over the ferocious guard dogs during the lockdown, it has been found out in a study conducted by Veterinary University. After the lockdown was implemented, the sale of indoor pets has increased 40 percent more than the sale of guard dogs.
The children who are trapped in the houses as schools remain closed prefer to have pet dogs. Though pet dogs were commonly purchased by only upper class families, the trend has spread to the middle class families too, said Dr T S Rajeev who supervises the study.
Pet dogs have high demand among children of various age groups, especially girls. The breeds like Beagle, Shih Tzu and Pug have more fans. Their price ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000. Pug has the lowest price among them. This breed is available for upto Rs 12,000.
Before lockdown, the puppies used to remain in the pet shop and with the sellers for upto three months. But in the last 1.5 years, puppies are sold within 30 days due to increase in demand.
The indoor pet dogs have comparatively less maintenance cost. Guard dogs like German Shepherd need upto Rs 4000 per month whereas the little indoor puppies require only Rs 1000 per month. Also they need less amount of food.
The demand for pet dogs is reflecting in the market also. Major supermarkets have included special corners to sell snacks, hygiene products and accessories for pets. Also grooming parlours for pets are mushrooming in the cities.