DESIGNER dogs are increasingly being rescued by the RSPCA in Warwickshire.
While Staffordshire Bull Terriers were the most rescued breed over the past year, designer dogs such as cocker spaniels, poodles and ‘handbag’ dogs such as Chihuahuas appeared in RSPCA centres more often as inspectors shut down puppy farms and collected abandoned dogs and puppies.
Spokeswoman Lisa Hens said: “Although Staffies, Lurchers, Jack Russell terriers and German Shepherds are still the most common dogs coming into our centres, we are seeing a general decrease in their numbers while seeing an increase in the number of fashionable crossbreeds and so-called designer dogs arriving in our care.
“We know 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 crossbreeds such as cavachons, puggles and cockerpoos.
“As part of our rehoming drive 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. 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.”
Visit www.rspca.co.uk for further details.