SEOUL, Korea, April 15, 2014 (Korea Bizwire) – As the number of single households rises, more people tend to adopt pets. Of the cats, dogs, and other pet animals, a dominant share of them was imported from overseas. According to the Korean Customs Service, 85.5 percent of imported dogs came from China, followed by the United States (7.5%) and Europe (2.6%). As for cats, 85.2 percent originated from Russia, while Uzbekistan and the United States accounted for shares of 11.1 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, 78.3 percent of birds came from Taiwan and 75.0 percent of ferrets from the U.S. Almost all lizards (97%) were shipped from the U.S.
The most preferred dog breed was the Maltese accounting for 24.9 percent in total, according to a survey by the Korea Consumer Agency. Other top-ranking breeds were small ones including Shih Tzu (15.3%), Poodle (9.7%), and Yorkshire Terrier (8.4%). The most sought-after cat breed was the Persian (17.8%), followed by the Korean Short Hair (16.7%), Siamese (11.0%), and Russian Blue (10.0%).
As for the cost of adopting a pet, 39.8 percent of dog owners said they paid a price range between 100,000 and 300,000 won, followed by those who paid a price between 300,000 and 600,000 won (36.8%). Even those who said they paid in excess of 600,000 won accounted for 11.4 percent. Cat owners paid slightly less. Those cat owners who said they paid between 100,000 and 300,000 won took the share of 42.4 percent, followed by those paying between 300,000 and 600,000 won (26.5%) and those shelled out over 600,000 won (8.4%).
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