Pet trends serve as indicator of economies and attitudes

11/14/2012 | Atlantic online, The

In a study of 53 countries including the U.S., Euromonitor International found that dog ownership and the amount spent on dogs indicated economic health and cultural attitudes toward pets. With one dog per four humans, the U.S. has the largest absolute and per capita canine population, but India's dog ownership rate is rising the fastest. The Philippines has the most pet dogs among East Asian countries, with Japan in second place. China has just over two pet dogs per 100 people, and people in predominantly Muslim countries, such as Indonesia and Middle Eastern nations, generally perceive dogs as unclean.

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