Starting a Pet Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: April 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Pet shops supply a wide range of food, toys and care products for cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and 'small furries' such as hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice. Many pet shops also sell live animals, including hamsters, gerbils, rats, guinea pigs, chinchillas and rabbits.

Pet shops that supply live animals must have a Pet Shop Licence and are subject to significant amounts of legislation relating to animal welfare and staff training.

As well as trading from traditional retail premises, many pet shops also trade online and supply items by mail order.

Some pet shops supply live fish and other aquatic animals and related care products. However, this is covered separately in BOP269 Aquatic Retailer. Some pet shops sell equestrian supplies and equipment, which is covered in BOP302 Tack Shop, and some provide dog grooming in-store, which is covered in BOP037 Pet Grooming Service.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a pet shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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