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China - where a new passion for Rover barks up big business

Retailers selling pet foods or luxuries - think grooming, chauffeured car rides and fancy collars - are enjoying a boom
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 05:50
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Once banned by Chairman Mao Zedong as a bourgeois pastime, pet ownership is now a status symbol in China. A day out in the shopping malls in Beijing entails these pampered pooches being dressed up, photographed and carried.
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Once banned by Chairman Mao Zedong as a bourgeois pastime, pet ownership is now a status symbol in China. A day out in the shopping malls in Beijing entails these pampered pooches being dressed up, photographed and carried.

Shanghai

SHANGHAI bank employee Frances Chen spends about a fifth of her monthly salary on her poodle Cookie, and is among the millions of pet owners who are turning China's pet care industry into one of the fastest growing in the world.

She takes her pooch to a groomer for a