Q1. Why are puppies and kittens more expensive in Dubai and UAE when compared to Europe, USA or other parts of the world?

This question does not have a simple answer. To start with, there are very few ethical and knowledgeable breeders of quality dogs and cats within UAE, particularly fewer to none when it comes to pure breed dogs or ethical breeding practices. There are no national government supported kennel clubs or feline clubs in UAE, governing breed standards, overseeing breeding practices, DNA testing, recognition and registration of breeding dogs and puppies or cats and kittens. There is no authority to issue government endorsed pedigrees within UAE. Such kennel clubs and feline clubs do not exist in UAE because their requirement is limited, lack of dedicated breeders indicates deficiency of canine/feline associations…

Weather conditions and lack of sufficient open pet friendly spaces are other reasons expats do not wish to get into any serious and long-term animal breeding programs. When it comes to the local population, Islam does not promote dogs as companions, only as long as they serve a purpose such as security, police work, etc. Most UAE Nationals are also financially well-off, so money is not the motivation. Consequently, most companion pets are imported into UAE by either expats or licensed pet stores like ours.

If you have ever brought a pet into UAE from UK, Europe, Australia, USA or another country, you are probably not the one to ask this question in the first place. However, if you have never imported a pet and would like to get an idea of the process involved in selection, boarding, care, tests, documentation and shipping of our puppies and kittens, I would encourage you to read our Importing & Selling page to avoid the repetition. All of these essential factors are associated with ongoing expenses, mostly in Euros, and we are not willing to cut costs on the ethics, health, animal welfare, breed standard or comfort of our animals in order to bring you cheaper puppy or kitten!

We encourage our prospective customers to get a quotation from any source before choosing to buy a pet from us. If anyone feels they can pay less for a pet of our quality, with 100% background transparency and details, matching our local Health Warranty and health reports, with additional luxury of choosing the pet after seeing, feeling and ensuring “the connection”, we recommend the customer buys and imports a pet directly from a breeder abroad without using our services. The price of our pets includes cost of time and efforts to select ethically bred litters and to hand pick best quality puppies out of those litters, as well as consulting service we provide in ensuring you get healthy and social, home-raised pet, best suited for your lifestyle and for your family.

Needless to say, Dubai is an expensive place to operate a business in terms of retail rents, trade license fees, MOCCAE fees, National Sponsor fees and even higher costs involved in hiring, training and accommodating foreign staff, not to mention all other, hidden from obvious view ongoing business expenses you may never know about until you open a business. You can also think of it this way: a bottle of mineral water is available in supermarket for AED 0.5-2, but a restaurant within the same area or mall sells the same water bottle at AED 6-15 or even higher. You have a choice of going to the source to buy it from supermarket or pay premium price at the restaurant when enjoying your meal. As you can see, the operating costs of a business have to be considered and tolerated if you are to use the service. Same applies to our business. We emphasise ethics, health and quality, and only encourage discerning and conscious pet enthusiasts to buy from us. We always patiently try to explain our view point and the nitty-gritty of our complicated trade to everyone, and we are proud of the fact that we end up persuading many of those willing to listen and understand.