America still retains the title as the largest (both in per capita and absolute terms) dog owner country in the world. But there are changes afoot: the rising giants – India, Brazil, Philippines are catching up:
“India is the world’s second-most populous country, but since it’s still largely rural and poor, it has one of the world’s lowest rates of dog ownership: 4 dogs per 1,000 people. That’s quickly changing, though, with the total number of pups swelling by 58% between 2007 and 2012, according to market research firm Euromonitor International–the fastest growth rate of the 53 countries surveyed. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Switzerland saw its dog population shrink by 10% in that period.
Members of Brazil’s rapidly urbanizing middle class are working more, earning more, and having kids later. And to fill their tiny apartments in the meantime, they’re buying more and more dogs as pets. Brazilians, in fact, have nearly 20 million small dogs at home–more per capita than any country in the world, according to the Euromonitor survey.”
is this stuff important? Yes, very much so. Let’s be honest – size matters. As the biggest (and most affluent) dog owner hub of the world the US could justifiably claim certain privileges, such as setting the breed standards and exerting influence over where the rest of the world’s ‘dog fashion’ is going. With the trends staying as they are, this may not be the case for long.
Imagine, losing control not just over ballooning debt but your top ranking canine standing as well. How embarrassing!