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Pets are a growing trend in Spain, find out where they’re welcome

Almost 40 percent of homes in Spain have at least one of the 20 million pets people in the country have, according to a report by the Madrid Veterinarian’s  Association of Domestic Animals or AMVAC.

These figures correspond to the end of 2015, the association said a few days ago, adding that the number of pets in Spain is experiencing an increase.

Dogs are in the second position on the list of preferred pets by people in Spain, where there is an estimated 5.1 million canines living in homes.

This represents 21,9 percent of the total number of pets in Spain, AMVAC said.

They also said that 63 percent of dogs registered in Spain are pure breed and that the Yorkshire is by far the most popular, followed by the German Shepard, Bichoise Maltaise, Chichuahua and the Labrador Retriever.

The number of dogs per household has increased to 1.31 while 50 percent of families prefers the smaller canines weighing under 10 kilogrammes.

Cats are less popular but still widely in existence as there are 2.7 million in Spain, which means that 8.2 percent of households have a feline.

Interesting, however, is that only 20 percent of cats in Spain are pure breed.

But the pet most people prefer in Spain are birds as there are an estimated 5.3 million living in homes across the countries.

Fish are in fourth place. There are very close to 4 million fish as pets in homes in Spain.

Costs of pets

The average cost of having a pet in Spain, including vet care, medicines, hygiene and food, is broken down as follows:

  • Each dog costs an average of 2.23 euros a day to maintain. This equals 814 euros a year.
  • Each cat costs an average of 1.47 euros a day. This comes to 537 euros a year.
  • The average cost of maintaining other pets, such as birds, hamsters and fish, costs about 1.03 euros a day or 376 a year.

The vet association said that there are 6,000 animal clinics in Spain and about 5,000 pet shops.

El Pais reported today that the pet industry is rising significantly in Spain. Last year, the industry reported sales of over one billion euros, a figure that is expected to rise this year.

Animal Friendly Places

UK Spain Life published this article recently regarding pets and the beaches you can take them too without restrictions.

For information on all other businesses across Spain that are pet-friendly, we recommend you visit the website Mascotas Bienvenidas or Pets Welcome.

http://ukspain.jack-webster.co.uk/dog-friendly-beaches-spain-whats-deal/

And if you are thinking of bringing to Spain, you must read this article as well.

http://ukspain.jack-webster.co.uk/bringing-a-pet-to-spain/

And if you are thinking of bringing to Spain, you must read this article as well.

For information on all other businesses across Spain that are pet-friendly, we recommend you visit the website Mascotas Bienvenidas or Pets Welcome.

 

 

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