Franchise Spotlight: Pets
From pet grooming to pet sitting, a variety of franchises benefit from Australia’s passion for pets.
Australians collectively own 29 million pets, equating to nearly two in three households, according to statistics from Animal Medicines Australia. The same market research also found that they spend $12.2 billion on their pets annually.
Accounting for a significant slice of this market, pet franchises operate in a wide range of fields, including retail, dog grooming and pet sitting. Many have serious pedigree, insofar as they have been operating successfully for several decades.
Franchise industry analysis
Founded in 1989, Pet Café is possibly the oldest of all. The brand has six pet shops in Queensland and South Australia with a focus on nutrient-rich foods.
DOGUE is a pet grooming services provider, retailer and wholesaler operating in New South wales, Queensland and Victoria, with a boutique doggy hotel and day spa in the Southern Highlands.
PETstock , meanwhile, has provided pet care products, services and advice for nearly two decades, while Lonely Pets Club, providing pet sitting and dog walking services, has been around for almost as long.
The Aussie Pooch MobileDog Wash system was established in 1992 and offers low entry costs and overheads, and the option to work from home.
Don’t Fret Pet is a dog minding service. Franchisees can work from home as they manage a team of minders who look after pets in their own home or the pet owner’s residence.
The Australia-wide DogTech franchise has been providing dog training since 1990, including for the local and federal government, veterinarians, dog rescue shelters, community events and dog shows.
Promising repeat business and a strong social media following, K9 Club provides daycare, dog walking and a pick-up/drop-off service.
Franchisors in the sector typically seek animal lovers with a strong work ethic, people skills and business acumen, with pet industry experience almost never a prerequisite.