DogBuddy was acquired by American company Rover.
DogBuddy, a Stockholm, Sweden and London-UK-based startup providing a platform for host accomodation for pets, announced in a press release that it was acquired by Seattle, USA-based company Rover.
Financial details of the transaction remain undisclosed. The announcement comes just five months after Rover announced its expansion into the United Kingdom. This acquisition brings Rover, already active in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., to pet owners in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden.
Dogbuddy, founded in 2013 by CEO Richard Setterwall, has developed an online marketplace connecting dog owners with trusted and local dog sitters. The service was launched initially on the British market under the name mydogbuddy and in 2014 was merged with its Spanish competitor, Bibulu, when it also raised €1.9 million in outside funding.
Rover, founded in 2011 and led by CEO Aaron Easterly, has built a network connecting dog owners with services such as long-term boarding, dog walking, house-sitting, and drop-in visits.. The company has raised $310M in funding since its inception, including a $155 million round announced earlier in 2018.