Dogs are falling out of favor because of aging population
Japan's aging population and the higher cost of keeping dogs has likely
contributed to the sliding number of pet canines in the country, with
cats overtaking them this year for the first time since an annual survey
began in 1994, according to industry experts.
"The biggest reason
behind the fall in the number of pet dogs is probably declining
birthrate and graying population," said a public relations officer at
major pet company Aeonpet Co.
She says more elderly people are giving up
on dogs and keeping cats instead due to the perception that dogs
require greater care as owners need to take them out for walks every day
and are legally obliged to get them vaccinated.
According to the association, the average cost of keeping a dog for its entire lifetime is estimated at about 1.6 million yen while that of a cat about 1.08 million yen. The gap possibly affected people's choices.