Dogs are man’s best friend. And we all need a friend right now in 2020, when the state of the world is good enough for anyone to feel lonely and sad.
It seems that many Australians are on the same page as well. Not only have dog adoptions increased dramatically since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but now breeder puppy prices are skyrocketing – especially those of ‘designer’ dog breeds, ABC News reports.
“ Designer dogs ” are nothing new: While dogs have been bred for centuries to develop new breeds or produce desired traits, a particular trend that started in the 90s was to breed poodles with other dog breeds to take advantage of the hypoallergen. qualities of its fur with other traits of other breeds. Labradoodles and the like are incredibly common household pets in Australia – where there is more than one dog for every seven people.
According to Australian dog lover, the most popular dog breed in Australia is a “designer dog” breed, the cavoodle. Other designer dog breeds are also on their top 20 list. They are particularly popular with families, although it seems that the puppy craze of 2020 is being driven more by singles or couples.
Before the pandemic, you could normally expect to spend anywhere from a few hundred dollars for an oodle from a pet store to anything in the thousands for a puppy from a breeder, but 2020 has seen demand skyrocket. . Breeders across the country are now selling designer puppies for over $ 10,000. DMARGE was able to find a vendor in Port Macquarie, NSW, selling ‘miniature golden bordoodle’ puppies for $ 7,500 each – as of date of publication all of these cute little ones are sold out.
But the issue that’s really concerning here isn’t whether Australians are getting ripped off by these insane puppy prices, it’s whether or not this demand is driven by good intentions – or people looking for simply a “ quick fix ” to loneliness and boredom in social life. distancing restrictions. Will people give up their puppies once we are allowed to go outside, or will they keep their furry friends for the long haul?
A relatively recent case study was sparked by the live-action remake of the classic Disney dog movie in 1996 101 Dalmatians. The success of the film prompted a surge in demand for Dalmatian puppies, which many owners later abandoned for adoption after realizing that “ a dog is not just for Christmas. ” Many Dalmatians have been euthanized, scandalizing animal rights groups. It was a particularly cruel phenomenon – puppies raised to meet a fleeting demand to end up having their lives cut short thanks to human pride.
Fortunately, the statistics so far don’t seem to point to a worst-case scenario, Kieran Watson of RSPCA NSW told DMARGE.
“Our surrender statistics this year have dropped across the board compared to last year, which is promising so far. It is possible that the surrender statistics will increase when people return to full time work, but the RSPCA NSW will always be there with our doors open to help any animal in need … currently we have seen a decrease in dropouts.
“It’s important for people to make sure that the animal they bring into their homes is right for them now and in the future,” says Watson.
“All puppies and kittens are cute when they are little, but they can grow into large, energetic animals that will need a lot of attention and care. Please make sure you know where your pet is coming from, which can be guaranteed by visiting the property where the dog is housed to see its living conditions, potentially meeting with mother and father if possible to see if there is any. health problems, and asking for any medical or vaccination records. It’s also important to take into account that de-excitation, microchipping, vaccinations, and other medical evaluations may not be part of the price, so you may have to pay additional charges in the near future. “
Now excuse me – I have to go home and feed my shiba inu.