The Pooch Index

Nov 8 2012 @ 8:04am

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Quartz had a whole series last week on the canine economy, since "dog ownership, like cocaine use, can be seen as an economic indicator." South America is a major player:

Today, four countries—Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico—rank in the world’s top 10 for household penetration. The average home in those countries is more likely to have a pooch than not have one. Brazil tops the list in absolute terms, with nearly 36 million pups—more dogs than Canada has people. Some 55% of those dogs weigh less than 20 pounds (9.1 kilos), as tiny terriers, shih tzus, and chihuahuas fit with the lives of the 85% of Brazilians who live in cramped urban areas. Brazilian dogs are taken in droves to be blessed by priests in honor of St. Francis of Assis; a few are even ferried about in "pet taxis," taken for dog face lifts, or brought to breed in a doggie "love motel."

A subsequent post finds that Europeans, specifically Norwegians, spend the most to feed their dogs.