By the Bulawayo correspondent
As most children his age freeze at the sight of a vicious dog, enterprising 13-year-old boy from Gwanda, Siyabonga Zondo, ventured into the despised but lucrative business of breeding and selling. of dogs.
Most people in Zimbabwe prefer raising cattle and chickens which they consider to be of more economic value than raising man’s best friend.
But young Zondo proved these people wrong.
“My parents introduced me to dog breeding in 2018. Before that, we used to breed dogs mainly as a hobby until I got the idea of going into business,” Zondo said in an interview. with New Zimbabwe.com.
The young dog breeder said the business is now supporting his family.
“The dog breeding project has changed our family’s economic fortunes as my parents are now able to afford school fees for me and my siblings. The project also helped support the family during this COVID-19 lockdown where my parents were unable to generate enough income for the family, ”Zondo said.
He said he breeds a wide variety of dogs, including Beerboels, Rott Wailers, Pit Bull Terriers and German Shepherds.
“I’m selling a two week old puppy for US $ 200. Each bitch gives birth two or three times a year to an average of 10 puppies. This is the price of these breeds, not the Mgodoyi (stray dogs), ”he said.
Zondo says he sells puppies and adult dogs to security companies as well as individuals.
“Security companies are one of my main clients. They buy puppies which they train as safety dogs. I also export puppies to South African companies, ”Zondo said.
The breeder said one of his main challenges is the high cost of dog food and medication.
Zondo said he spends nearly US $ 400 each month to buy medicine and food for the dogs.
“Puppies need very strict medical care. The vaccines cost US $ 40 in 6 week and 8 week combined injections. I always make sure the dogs are well fed and properly cared for, ”he added.
Zondo is currently looking for a bigger place to breed dogs.