The pet industry is a more than $60 billion a year business according to statistics from the American Pet Product Association, and entering this industry can be a lucrative choice for savvy entrepreneurs. Are you interested in starting a pet business? While you can certainly start a business on your own, there are many franchise opportunities that will let you become a part of an established brand.
Here is a small sampling of currently available pet-related franchises. There may be many more local or regional options in your area. Be sure to consult an attorney before investing in any franchise and be fully informed about the franchise’s history, outlook, royalty fees, and investment potential.
Camp Bow Wow
Camp Bow Wow is a franchise that offers doggie daycare as well as overnight boarding and training. The franchise was founded in 2003 and has more than 100 locations to date. The total development cost for a franchise location is approximately $600,000.
Dogtopia is a doggie daycare franchise that also offers overnight boarding, grooming, training, and retail products. The business was founded 2002 and started franchising in 2005. It currently has 31 locations, with 15 more expected to open. The total start-up investment for a new franchisee ranges from $318,000 to $497,000.
DoodyCalls is a franchise that offers pet waste cleanup and removal services. The total start-up investment for a new franchisee ranges from $42,000 to $60,000.
Fetch! Pet Care
Fetch! Pet Care is a well-known pet sitting service that currently operates in more than 1,500 cities. This franchise offers a relatively low start-up cost of approximately $30,000 to $45,000.
Pet Butler is a franchise that offers pet waste cleanup and removal services. In business since 1988, they are a fairly well-known franchise in this niche market. Start-up costs for new franchisees range from $45,000 to $60,000.
Pet Depot is a pet retail chain that was established in 1990 and operates dozens of stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The start-up investment cost for a new franchisee generally ranges from $265,000 to $560,000.
Petland is a retail pet chain that has more than 500 franchise locations after more than 45 years in the pet industry. The start-up investment cost for a new franchisee can range from $300,000 to $900,000 depending on services offered in the location.
Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus is a pet retail chain that boasts more than 300 franchise locations in 25 states. The franchise was established in 1988. The all-in start-up cost for a new franchisee typically ranges from $500,000 to $1.1 million.
Splash and Dash Groomerie and Boutique
Splash and Dash is a pet grooming salon franchise that offers a popular unlimited monthly bathing and brushing plan, retail product sales, and traditional grooming appointments. The franchise was established in 2009. The total start-up cost for a new franchisee ranges from $50,000 to $150,000.
Three Dog Bakery
Three Dog Bakery is a franchise that offers fresh-baked pet treats and food in more than 30 retail locations. The start-up investment for new franchisees ranges from $150,000 to $350,000.
Zoomin Groomin is a franchise that offers mobile pet grooming services. The business was established in 2004. Franchisees visit their clients at home in a specially outfitted van, and they also may offer additional services such as pet sitting and dog walking. New franchisee total investment (including the van) runs from $50,000 to $65,000.
Zoom Room is a dog agility training franchise that was established in 2007. The business model also includes options such as obedience training, puppy classes, pet parties, and more. The all-inclusive cost of setting up a franchise location runs from $133,000 to $300,000.
If these franchise options are a bit too pricey for your taste, there are more affordable animal start-up businesses available that you can start on a budget. Maybe you will start a business that you can develop into your own lucrative franchise.