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Riche rich and Dogs

17 Mar 2008 | by Rana Atheya | Posted in: Wag News

India's show-offs go to the dogs

Amrit Dhillon, New Delhi
March 15, 2008
 
Association with celebrity (in this case, actress June Malia) has made the pug a status symbol in India.

Association with celebrity (in this case, actress June Malia) has made the pug a status symbol in India.
Photo: Reuters

WHEN you have a Toyota Corolla parked outside the house, a plasma TV, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a farmhouse for weekends, what else can you acquire to stand out from the crowd? A dog. The more exotic the breed, the better.

The latest status symbol for the Indian middle class, enjoying a period of unprecedented prosperity, is a dog in the back of the SUV.

Cost is no object. Families are spending up to 200,000 rupees ($A5230) for an imported breed.

The breed preference depends on which dog features in the latest movie or commercial. A Bollywood star is photographed with a bulldog? There's a rush for bulldogs. Next month, it's a Yorkshire terrier. Then a Siberian husky.

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Rana

I am a dog enthusiast. Have been keeping breeding and showing dogs since childhood. I love German Shepherds. Owns a Golden Retriever called Mirchi. Another breed I facinate is GSD!

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