February 02, 2018


Masters are spending more and more on their pets. Food, care and insurance represent a global bonanza of more than 90 billion euros.  

In a traditional Chinese medicine center for animals, in Shanghai, China, in August 2017.   At the Salon de l'agriculture, which opened its doors on Saturday, February 24, the public is not only going to admire the cows, but also to discover the prowess of the braques of Auvergne, Brittany spaniels and other bichons curly, all in the running to win the gold medal at the canine agricultural competition. And he comes en masse to follow also the feline selection of the best representative of the Abyssinian race, British Shorthair or Persian. He also duly medaled.

"Competitions are based on a morphological selection to determine the animal closest to the breed standard or on a behavioral selection for working or companion dogs. They are very important for breeders, "says André Varlet, the director of the Central Canine Society. He estimates the number of professional canine breeders at 15 000 in France and births at 700 000 per year, including 250 000 purebred dogs.

In 2017, three sheepdogs monopolized the podium. Belgian, Australian and German shepherds provided the largest contingent of puppies. Follow golden retrievers, bull-terriers, chihuahuas, labradors or king-charles. We have to wait for the tenth position to find a French race, in this case the bulldog.

"France is the first country in the world for dog breeds because of its hunting tradition and geographic diversity," says Varlet. But of the fifty-five listed, forty-nine are qualified as vulnerable because their numbers are reduced, like the barbet or the braque of Ariège. The animal, "quasi-outward sign of wealth"