Call me crazy or whatever you will but I truly believe that more dogs the merrier it is. So, I’m thrilled to know that the dog population in the Middle East rose 5% year-on-year in 2020 and 2021. As mentioned in a Euromonitor International report. And as per the research firm dogs weighing 9-23kgs dominate the pet population.
“Dog ownership in the Middle East was historically very low, not only because of cultural restrictions, but also due to the hot climate…making it challenging to own a dog. Social media has been playing a pivotal role in the rising adoption rates in the Middle East…Globally, we are seeing Millennials and Generation Z consumers emerging as the most prevalent pet owners. Regionally this trend is also emerging as the change in pet ownership reshapes the market,” the report stated.
Adoption must be well thought out
Coming as good news the pandemic has led to a sharp rise in pet adoption globally. However, pet adoption is a long-term commitment that must be well thought out. The pandemic has changed a few things like flexible work options. Yet things like how to help your dog adjust when you have to go back to work must be an important consideration. So also several other things from life stage to maintenance needs and much more. Such considerations will ensure that you never give up on your furry friends.
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Consider the breed carefully
Even though we believe more dogs the merrier we are seeing some worrying patterns including welcoming home dogs who are not suited to the warm weather conditions. For the UAE and other parts of the region where we have extreme summers, we need to consider a dog’s suitability to the weather. Breeds accustomed to colder climates such Alaskan Malamute, Husky, German Shepherd, Saint Bernard will struggle. Dogs that are brachycephalic (short nosed) like pugs, French / English bulldogs etc also face a lot of trouble during the harsh summer months. While these breeds are commonly seen in the region keeping them happy will need well thought out routine and living spaces.
In the UAE, a lot of the mixed breed dogs seem to have part Salukis in them. It is good to look at this specific breed information as well. Finally, we encourage those people looking to welcome a dog home to consider adoption as opposed to buying from backyard breeders.