The Saigonese and pets

(11:55:03 AM 27/10/2012)
( - Professional pet raisers state that Saigon has all kinds of pets that the world has, though the price for a special pet may reach several tens of thousands of US dollars.

The pet raising movement has strongly developed in Saigon recent years. Hatcheries, pet stores and pet hospitals have appeared more and more and operated pretty professionally.


A pet shop in Binh Thanh District.

Living with ornamental cats and dogs

Mexican black snake, Australia dragons, South American salamanders, Tarantulas spiders, chinchillas, squirrels, Pacman frogs, hamsters, according to insiders, are just trendy pets of the time and the hobbies of the youth. Pets (common name for ornamental cats and dogs) have a special attraction for many people, of all ages and they especially show the ranks of pet raisers.

It is not easy to raise pets. That is the general assessment of most of pet raisers. It is difficult to find a purebred pet; the price for such a pet is usually very high; taking care of pets is also time-consuming and requires a lot of effort, they analyze. Therefore, raising a pet needs passion because that passion can help pet raisers accept risk and not give up halfway, even if they met any inconvenience to be "living with pets."

Ken, 22, is a typical pet raiser of that style. Starting to raise pets when he was a boy, Ken put effort in raising two Siberian Husky and two English Bulldogs (of Bobo Kennel camp) as breeding dogs to earn extra income to cover the cost of pet raising.

With slogan "Pet is our companion in life," Ken established the Saigon Dogs club, chaired by himself, to provide a forum for the people who love and raise Bulldog, Golden Retriever , Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Rottweiler, Becgie, Poodle, Chihuahua, Phu Quoc ... and all other dog breeds to share experiences in raising, breeding and developing dog breeds.

New business trend

Mr. Bao in Ward 13, Tan Binh district, a garment exporter set up a canine camp for near one year after noticing the growing needs of the market. His Vnpomeranian camp is one of the over 10 kennel camps in HCM City today. He said this is the left hand business, playing for fun, but if it is successful, he will earn a lot of money.

Despite different backgrounds, most pets in Saigon are imported from Thailand. Very few people go to the U.S. or European countries to buy pets because of geographic distance, complicated paperwork and high freight. 

It is very near to fly to Thailand, where it is very rich in variety, prices for pets and especially the paperwork is much easier. Some people buy pets from Thailand to sell in Vietnam while others buy pets from this country for breeding. 

Bao has been to Thailand many times to learn about breeding dog farms and he has realized the big potential for this business in Saigon. He imported almost 20 Pomeranian dogs, worth a thousand of US dollar/dog to open a breeding dog farm. After one year, his camp has nearly 40 baby dogs, pricing from VND16 to VND20 million ($800-1,000) or up to $2,000 for special dogs.

Specializing in pet breeds, Bao said almost all the pets that the world has, Saigon also has them; even the pets that are worth several tens of thousands of US dollars. 

It is very difficult to buy the pets that won many awards at international competitions because their owners usually do not sell. If they sell the pets, professional pet raisers will buy the pets immediately because of the high economic efficiency that they bring about. 

According to regulations of the International Kennel Federation (FCI), each breeding male pet only works 60 times a year. Each time the fee is from $3,000 to $5,000, so no matter how high the price for a breeding pet is, the return is very fast.

Mr. Tai, 64, raised and sold pets since 1990 in Nam Dinh. In 1995, he moved to Saigon to sell pets at spontaneous pet markets near the Phu Tho racetrack, Dam Sen (District 11) and then Cau Mong Market, Ben Chuong Duong (District 1). In recent years, these markets have no longer existed so Tai rent a house on Le Hong Phong (District 10) to open a pet store. His wife and daughter, who have just returned from abroad also do this business. 

Tai said he had a familiar customer who paid tens of thousands of US dollars to buy pets. He had many villas and each villa was the home to several special pets.

"Raising and selling pets need passion. Those who really love pets coming to my shop, I’m willing to sell cheap to help them satisfy their interests." 

He added: "There are more and more pet raisers in Saigon. Pet services also flourish everywhere. But not everyone is doing this job successfully. Some people invested several billion dong on pets for sale, but only after two years they were empty-handed because there is no school teaching this job. Lack of experience means failure."
Compiled by Le Ha ( VietNamNet Bridge)

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