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JULIUS-K9® is a European company that has been in the dog equipment business since 1997. We specialize in harnesses designed to complement all dogs, from family to sporting or working. Our custom patches allow for personalizing each harness with names, sayings, instructions, identification or alerts. We have become the market leader in this category across Europe over the last two decades. In 2016 the company formed its U.S. Subsidiary in Tampa, FL. The developers try to create products that will enhance the relationship and bond between any dog and its owner. We focus on the smallest details that will make life easier and more enjoyable for both. The development, sourcing, production and rigorous testing behind each product far exceeds the high standards of the European Union.
Julius-K9® was founded as Julius Export 2000 Bt, a family enterprise, in 1997. The first demands came from Police K9 units. The first products (muzzles, leashes, etc.) were supplied to Austrian and Hungarian authorities and companies.
The main market is Austria. In addition to HILAN, A.W. Barth Friedrich Heindl companies, more and more resellers join the group of Julius-K9® retail partners. The main users of Julius-K9® products are primarily police units, military units and dog-owners’ associations.
Tremendous growth is experienced in these years. Julius-K9®’s harnesses are presented to the public under the name of K9-Powerharness at the World Expo in Dortmund, Germany Operating near Budapest, the company supplies almost all European countries with its products. The development, manufacturing and logistics process is managed through a family operation in Hungary.
Julius-K9® is a fixture at various fairs and expos (Berlin, Munich, Erfurt, Dortmund, Friedrichshafen, Udine, Budapest) and begins to gain more and more recognition. Julius-K9® participates in charity functions, sponsors shelters, and supports dog events and foundations worldwide. The company name is changed to Julius-K9 Bt in 2008. The number of resellers grows exponentially. Julius-K9® products are also regularly represented in media outlets across Europe. In order to reduce the distribution of knock-off harnesses, new upgraded features are submitted to the patent office as utility and design patents.
Julius-K9® develops its new product line, the IDC®. The IDC® Powerharnesses are first showcased at the Dortmund Dog Expo. Julius-K9® becomes a direct supplier of the Austrian chain Mega Zoo and Futterhaus stores in Europe. Julius-K9® also partners with TRIXIE to distribute their harnesses. The company begins to submit inventions to the Hungarian Patent Office—20 within the year.
Sales increase in African, Middle Eastern, Central and South American countries. New projects connected to responsible dog owning are initiated, from adoption to supporting and promoting neutering/spaying. Julius-K9® is gradually gaining worldwide recognition in the market. Many of the Julius-K9® facilities are upgraded after experiencing significant growth and the increased demand.
The IDC® 3 in 1 multifunctional dog vest appears on the market, expanding the Julius-K9® line into a new territory. The company partners with several Hungarian and German animal rights organizations to work on new projects.
Julius-K9® becomes No. 1 in Europe for dog equipment. At the end of the year Julius-K9® establishes its first subsidiary in the United States in Tampa, FL. From there the LLC takes care of distribution for North and South America primarily.