5 Animals That are Popular Pets in Japan

Nov 26, 2018

Do you know what kinds of animals are popular as pets in Japan?
Actually, it is said that the number of animals which are owned as pets is more than children in Japan.
Because of the decreasing birth rate and increasing aging population in Japan these days, such situations are happening.
The one thing you need to be careful of when you have a pet in Japan is that it is often forbidden to have it in apartments.
Although there are some where you are allowed to have it, it is important to confirm if it is no problem if you are thinking of having pets.
If you live in a detached house, however, you do not need to be worried of it.
Now, let’s see the 5 best animals which are popular as pets in Japan.


1. Dogs



Dogs are very popular in Japan, and you are able to get them from almost any pet shops.
The most popular dogs as pet are toy poodle, chihuahua, and then shiba inu (Japanese breed of dog).
You are able to get them not only at pet shops but health centers. This is due to the fact that there are many owners of dogs who bring them to health centers because they cannot take care of them anymore.
If they are taken there, the term when they are able to find a new owner is limited, and they are killed after the end of that term.
Because of this, you are able to get them for free there; while it costs nearly 100,000 yen if you try to get them at pet shops.
Because dogs are very familiar to Japanese people, you are often able to see the owners walk around the streets with their dogs in Japan.


2. Cats



Cats are also very popular in Japan because the owner does not need to take a time to take care of them so much compared to dogs.
Especially because the owner does not need to take them for a walk like dogs, and cats go around freely and finally come back home by themselves.
You can also get Cats from a health center because there are many owners who take them there just like the dogs as well.
It is one of the big problem in Japan because the number of dogs and cats which are killed every year is about 100,000 although it is decreasing every year.
Actually, it is called ‘satsu shobun’ in Japanese to kill dogs and cats at health centers, but personally I really hate this word.
The word ‘satsu’ means to kill, and ‘shobun’ means disposal.
As you can see from this word, they are treated as if they are garbage if they are taken to health centers.
To decrease the number of dogs and cats which are taken there, animal welfare organizations have been made, and sometimes they take these cats and dogs from the health centers in Japan.


3. Fish



Fish are also very popular as pet in Japan.
Golden fish and tropical fish are especially very popular, and you are able to find them at some pet shops.
The price is for these fishes are usually very cheap, and they are very easy to take care of.
The one point which might take your time will be the cleaning of their water tanks, but this can be solved if you get a filter for water tank.
If you set a filter, you do not need to clean water tanks so often.


4. Birds



Birds are another set of popular pets because of their beautiful appearance.
In addition to that, it does not cost a lot to take care of them.
The price for them at a pet shops are also very cheap, and it usually costs from 1,000 to 3,000 yen.
In addition, after you get a birdcage, the only one thing what you need to prepare for them is their food.
It just costs from 2,000 to 3,000 yen per month to take care of them, and it is very cheap compared to dogs or cats.
Among all the bird, parakeet is the most popular in Japan.


5. Rabbits



Lastly, Rabbits are another very popular animal for pets in Japan.
The price is different for each kind, but the cheapest one is about 3,000 yen.
It usually costs about 5,000 yen to take care of them per month.
They live for 10 to 15 years, so you might need to think about this if you try to get them.
The most popular ones are Netherland Dwarf rabbits, and it is said that peter rabbit was designed to look like them.


Are you interested in having pets in Japan?
Although there are many kinds of animals which are owned as pets all over the world, the most popular one in Japan is these 5 animals.
They are very nice to have because they can be your life partner, but some of them can only live for so long, so please think and plan well when you try to get them.

Aika Kaise / Japan



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