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In the BCG growth share matrix, the quadrant representing companies, especially subsidies, that require minimal cash injections but have low market shares, and therefore usually operate with little or no profit. These companies usually exist in mature industries with well established but not very profitable markets, products, or brands. Some analysts recommend selling dogs, as they have little potential for growth; however, because they require little capital to operate, they may be useful and may perhaps produce an earnings surprise. See also: Marketing, Portfolio analysis.
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Slang for an undesirable property.

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The dog-catcher's role is to capture stray dogs and ensure that they are treated in a humane manner, often in co-operation with organisations such as the BSPCA, in an attempt, where possible, to re-home stray dogs.
If they have that much trouble filling the biggest job in the country imagine what it's like when they get down to electing the town dog-catcher or the school crossing lollipop man.
He was a loser in love four years ago after gallantly putting up in his own home former town clerk Robin Munday when his wife had run off with a local dog-catcher.
In the opera The Magic Flute, what is Papageno's job: a dog-catcher or a bird-catcher?
Tom Parker, who was 87, was a one-time carnival worker and dog-catcher who met Presley in 1955, just as his career was taking off.
The dog-catcher jibe came in the Toronto Globe and Mail, which asked if Canadians "really want this chap as head of state?"
Gregor, 51, plays a dog-catcher and was impressed by the acting abilities of the two-year-old Collie who took the "lead" role of Lassie.