At illa Carlemany, Andorra’s centre, dogs have free access to public areas, providing their owners keep them on a lead, hold them by the neck on escalators and obey the restrictions on entrance to certain establishments. Customers can often be seen looking at shop windows with their dog beside them, or taking their pet to the hairdressers: on level 2 dogs have Hunter by Yorky’s, their own top establishment.
This is a real temple to pets, with everything from specific food by age to toys, treats, kennels, beds and the latest trends in leads and accessories. Dogs are becoming more and more like people in their clothing and accessories. In a country like Andorra, where it gets very cold in winter, it is important to protect dogs from low temperatures, as well as providing them with footwear to stop the salt used to melt the snow from harming their paws.
Top labels like Ralph Lauren or Moschino create specific lines for pets. Some legendary designs by the polo player label, such as navy blue or grey woollen jerseys, come in versions for small dogs, with the logo or the American flag on their back. Moschino did the same with the iconic gold chain prints, using them on garments that were sold at the time through a chain of low-price stores. So it isn’t stretching it to talk about dog-à-porter!