The pet market is a billion-dollar market. Between pet food sales, pet medication, veterinary visits, grooming, boarding, and more, you can bet that dropshipping dog products will make you money.
When surveyed, the majority of pet owners in the United States stated that they spend up to 500 U.S. dollars on their pets per year.—Statista.com
The great thing about dog products is that there is such a wide variety of them, you can focus on selling specific products (for example, a dog collar store) or sell a large variety of items in one store.
Personally, I like building niche websites. I feel there is less competition that way. Niche websites are focused on one topic/type of product and more fun to manage.
In this post, I’m going to share some of the top-selling dropshipping dog products, how to source your products, and how to open your own dropshipping business.
Sourcing Your Dog Products From AliExpress
Before I get into some of the top-selling dog products, I want to briefly cover sourcing products for your store from AilExpress.
AliExpress is a large online retailer which is part of the AliBaba group. If you are not familiar with AliBaba.com, it is a website where you can buy wholesale items in bulk from China.
Items can also be purchased in bulk from AliExpress.com. However, you can also order items individually which makes it a great resource for dropshipping.
AliExpress is made up of merchants primarily based in China as well. They also have merchants located in other parts of the world to include the U.S.
There are several reasons why dropshipping store owners utilize AliExpress for their online stores. These reasons include:
- No registration fees or monthly fees
- No requirements to begin selling immediately
- Merchants welcome dropshippers
- Ships worldwide
- ePacket shipping (a faster shipping method from China to the U.S., U.K., and Canada)
- Millions of products
- Buyer protection system with a full money-back guarantee
Sourcing products for your store from AliExpress is a hassle-free way to begin dropshipping products.
As listed above, a majority of the merchants on AliExpress are accustomed to dealing with dropshippers. In fact, many of them welcome it.
Top Selling Dropshipping Dog Products
Below, I will share some of the top-selling dog products that you can source from the AliExpress website. You can carry any of these items in your own store or even focus your store on one particular type of item.
LED Dog Collars
These LED dog collars are popular for obvious reasons. They light up which makes it safer when walking a dog at night. They are available in a variety of colors.
Portable Dog Water Bottles
Our fur babies get thirst on their walks and these portable dog water bottles are a convenient way to make sure your dog stays hydrated. A great item to carry in any dog dropshipping store.
A dog harness is always a must-have item. You can sell these along with other dog products or create a niche store that focuses only on dog harnesses.
Dog Outfits and Costumes
Dog outfits and costumes are popular all year long. Dog owners love to dress up their dogs in various outfits and costumes. This is another dog product sub-niche that could do well as its own store.
Other Dog Products To Consider
The above items are barely scratching the surface of the types of dog products that you can sell. Here are more items to help you generate ideas:
- Dog bowls
- Dog beds
- Dog nail grinders
- Dog toys
- Dog leashes
- Dog tags
- Dog toothbrushes
AliExpress carries a ton of dog products. You will not run out of options of items to carry in your store.
Open Your Own Dropshipping Business
Opening your own dropshipping business is not difficult at all. You do not need any prior experience and you do not need any technical background.
The eCommerce software that is available today makes it easier than ever to launch your first store.
I am going to explain what I use to manage my own dropshipping store. I have tried out the Shopify platform but it was not offering me what I was looking for to run my store long-term.
I Didn’t Want Recurring Software Fees
I opened my dropshipping store using the WordPress CMS (content management system). One of the reasons behind this decision was so that I could avoid recurring software fees.
WordPress is free to download and install. I am referring to the actual WordPress CMS located at WordPress.org not at the .com.
Although I started off using Shopify, I didn’t want to pay the recurring software fees to use it and the Oberlo app. By using WordPress, I end up saving around $720 per year.
I Wanted To Retain Full Ownership of My Store
Using a service such as Shopify also meant that I had to abide by their terms of service. In their TOS it states that they can close accounts at any time for any reason.
While it is likely a rarity that they do that, it is in the terms and I didn’t want to have to worry about it in the background.
By building my store using WordPress, I retain 100% ownership. No other service can close my store down on a whim.
The Software I Use To Run My Dropshipping Store
I built my dropshipping store using the AliDropship WordPress plugin. The AliDropship plugin turns WordPress into a full-featured AliExpress dropshipping business.
You do not need any experience with installing and using WordPress to build your store. When you order the plugin, if you bundle in a year of AliDropship’s web hosting, they will install WordPress and the plugin for you.
Here is a screen capture of my dropshipping store:
Another plus is if you are a WooCommerce user, you also get their WooCommerce version of the plugin as well. Yes, two plugins for the price of one.
Get a Custom-Built Dropshipping Store
While building your own store is easy with AliDropship, it is still a time-consuming process.
The biggest time suck is importing products into your store from AliExpress. It is easy to do using the plugin, but you will still need to edit each product title, description, and sometimes their images.
All of it is easy but it is monotonous. An ideal option is to outsource the building of your store by ordering a custom-built dropshipping store from AliDropship.
They offer three custom store packages. Regardless of the package, you will be assigned your own personal manager:
The best thing about a custom store is that it is completely hands-off. They will do your niche research, customize your store design, research and import the top-selling products from the best merchants on AliExpress, and you get free lifelong updates and customer support.
There is also a Supreme Custom Store Package that includes several promotional services to include ready ads for both Facebook and Instagram.
Promoting Your Dropshipping Store
It is exciting to have your very own dropshipping store but the real work begins after you have your store up and running.
Your job will be managing your store’s promotion. Without marketing, you will not make any sales.
Don’t worry if you are clueless about marketing. Most dropshipping store owners were when they started out.
There is a learning curve but you are likely already using the social media platforms you’ll need for marketing already.
If you have a Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter account, you are already using the top free marketing channels online.
Your next step would be to use paid advertising on these same platforms as well as Google Shopping ads. Do not jump into paid advertising without doing research.
You can easily blow through your marketing budget, so learn what you can before pursuing paid ads.
My Closing Thoughts On Dropshipping Dog Products
The pet market is a lucrative niche to get into. Choosing the dog product niche provides you with plenty of products with which you can dropship.
Sourcing products from AliExpress is a hassle-free way to gain access to millions of products.
You can save yourself money and keep complete ownership of your store by building your store using a self-hosted WordPress website.
Managing a dropshipping store requires hard work and consistent effort. It is all made easier by using legitimate and reliable dropshipping software.