Top 5 Pet Franchises

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Best pet franchises

Originally uploaded on 25/01/2018. Updated on 25/03/2019.

Brits are known for being a nation of pet lovers, and the stats only confirm our reputation. As many as half of UK households have a pet; 26 percent of which are dogs, while 18 percent of people own cats. But no four-legged, furry animal can trump the goldfish as Britains most kept pet. With 20 million goldfish swimming around tanks up and down the country, they are the most affordable and least labour-intensive pet to look after.

If you have a love for animals, you might want to consider opening an animal franchise. There are many benefits to a franchise in this sector, but lets take a look at just a few of them:

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Advantages of Running a Pet Franchise

Pet franchises come in so many different forms, from kennels to home care to pet food retailers, so every animal-loving entrepreneur should be able to find something that works for them. The most popular businesses are those that offer services such as dog walking, pet grooming, pet-sitting and supplying pet food.
Because these businesses involve caring for animals, they tend to offer flexibility in terms of location. Franchisees could decide to run their business from home or from a fixed premise with a store front, or even offer a mobile service. Working from home has the added benefit of reduced initial and ongoing expenses, increasing the likelihood of franchisees seeing a return on investment from the get-go.

Also, as the boss of the company, you can choose the hours you work to fit your business around existing commitments. This ultimately works to improve wellbeing, as franchisees can achieve a good work-life balance.

Top Pet Franchise Opportunities

According to, UK dog owners spend a total of £57 billion every year, a figure that comes to over ten percent of the average salary and this excludes pet food and medical costs. This means that the average dog owner puts £275 towards dog walking, training, pet sitting and grooming every month. Whats more, this figure is forecast to rise year-on-year, so now is the perfect time to profit from increasing demand and invest in one of the many pet franchises available.

Husse Franchise

Husse is one example of a pet franchise that offers incredible value for money. With a total investment of £20,000, franchisees could see a revenue of £195,000 after just two years.

Husse was founded in 1987 and is renowned, both in the UK and overseas, for producing and selling a wide range of affordable pet food, accessories and health products. The Husse brand has grown at great speed since being introduced to the UK back in 2012 making it the most rapidly growing pet food franchise in the country.

Over 1,000 franchisees worldwide manage their Husse business from home while generating high returns. As a franchisee youll be in control of ordering pet food and accessories from the supplier and delivering them straight to your customers doors. And as pet food is needed all year around, you can be sure that youll be generating high profit margins throughout the year.

Oscar Franchise

Buying an Oscar franchise will allow you to join the UK's biggest pet food home delivery service. Established in 1994, Oscar has developed an extensive product range to suit all breeds and dietary requirements.

The popular franchise offers a wide choice of pet foods - including gluten-free and lower fat options - so customers have peace of mind that their beloved pets nutritional needs are catered for.
And in exchange for the low investment of £8,995, youll receive a formal nutritional qualification as part of the franchise package. This means that you can offer your customers the advice they need about feeding and caring for their pets. Oscar franchisees can also fit the management of their business around their lifestyle, with the option of working full-time, part-time or even alongside another business opportunity. The choice is yours.

Wagging Tails

Wagging Tails offers a home-from-home dog boarding service offering pet owners an alternative to traditional kennels. This opportunity enables you to own your own business and work from home with a dog (or dogs) by your side. This is a popular franchise for entrepreneurs who want to have a positive impact on other dog owners lives whilst making a profit.

Wagging Tails started off as a family-run business when it was established in 2007, but to meet demand, the business was franchised in 2010. Now there are 15 franchises across the country and this network is growing all the time. You dont need to have any qualifications or experience to run a Wagging Tails franchise, just a love for dogs, good communication skills and the commitment to making your franchise a success.

Barking Mad

There are many similarities between Wagging Tails and Barking Mad; both franchises offer pet owners an alternative to kennels. However, Barking Mad franchisees meet with dog owners and select a host family that suits the needs of the dog, rather than providing a dog boarding service themselves.

Owning a franchise with Barking Mad gives franchisees the freedom and flexibility of running their own business under a proven business model, with the added benefits of a much larger company, as a dedicated call centre deals with customer queries on behalf of franchisees. Franchisees can be their own boss for a total of investment of less than £15,000.

Canine Crche

Canine Crche takes the dog boarding concept to another level, with dog hotels made from large industrial units. As many as 20,000 dogs enjoy a day-visit to the crche every year, and a further 3,600 stay overnight too. There are currently four Canine Crche centres across the country, but with demand increasing, the franchise is looking for enthusiastic entrepreneurs to bring the dog-sitting business to more locations across the UK.

When you join the franchise, youll get support and guidance with site-selection and marketing, as well as additional information on how to keep dogs safe and happy. Due to the size of the franchise, the total investment is between £65,000 and £85,000, and is the ideal business opportunity for ambitious, hard-working and dedicated entrepreneurs who have a soft spot for dogs.

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