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22 July 2016
Animal charities have recently reported that, sadly, the number of small breed dogs being abandoned has doubled in the past couple of years. The trendy ‘handbag’ dogs are about to overtake Staffordshire Bull Terriers and mongrels as ‘the most dumped dogs in Britain’. Chihuahuas, Pugs and other small breeds are now flooding rescue centres across the country, and while many will find new homes, some face a lifetime in kennels and some will be put to sleep.
Is celebrity culture to blame? For a time, many world-famous stars were in the media on a daily basis with a cute little dog in their handbag. Yet far from being a cute fashion accessory, these little dogs are generally very high maintenance, and need training, exercise, playtime etc, just as all dogs do. Without these basic needs being met, these cute little dogs may become bad-tempered and depressed.
Taking on a pet of any kind is a huge responsibility; dogs need to be house-trained, they need social interaction with both humans and other dogs, and you also need to be aware of the different health problems that various breeds may be susceptible to.
So if you are considering having a dog, or any pet, please do some thorough research before you take that step, and check out the Looking After Your Pet section on our website.