More designer 'handbag dog' breeds, such as Bull Dogs and Chihuahuas, are ending up in rescue centres than ever before, the RSPCA has found.
New figures found that, while Staffies, Lurches and Jack Russells, are still the most common breeds to come into care, designer 'Instagram' dogs are also sadly being abandoned by their owners.
These sought-after dogs — often made famous by celebrities — suffer intolerable pain caused by unregulated breeding. The animal rescue charity want to shine light on the issue and encourage people to adopt these deserving pups.
4 dog breeds more commonly ending up in rescue centres
Chihuahuas – up by 700% in the past seven years
Dachshunds – up by 600% in the past seven years
Pomeranians – up by 440% in the past seven years
French Bull Dogs – up by 236% in the past seven years
"We know that the animals coming into our care tend to reflect general dog ownership trends and there’s been a huge surge in recent years in people buying ‘designer dogs’ and crossbreeds such as Cavachons, Puggles and Cockerpoos," a spokesperson from the RSPCA explains.
The charity has also seen an increase in more crossbreeds, such as Cocker Spaniels and Poodles, arriving in their centres after inspectors have shut down puppy farms across the country.
Earlier this month, the creator of the popular Labradoodle breed said it was his life's regret inventing the dog after artificial breeding caused a host of health issues for the much-loved pups.
To raise awareness of the importance of adopting dogs, the RSPCA is launching Adoptober — a campaign to encourage people to adopt dogs. "We want to shine a light on all of the dogs in our care and encourage people to adopt a rescue dog instead of buying a puppy," explains the charity.
"All the animals in our care have a lot of love to give and we have a huge variety of dogs in our kennels waiting for homes, of all ages, shapes, sizes and breeds."
Are you considering to adopt a pup in need of a new home? You can find out more information, plus the application processes, over on the RSPCA's website.
Like this article? Sign up to our newsletter to get more articles like this delivered straight to your inbox.
We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article.
You Might Also Like