The Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have reported that they are seeing an increase of certain dog breeds being brought to them for help or rehoming. An influx of Huskies and Malamutes over past weeks has prompted the charity to call for action from potential owners of these types of dogs; going as far to say that they are becoming the new ‘it’ dogs bought for status.
Concerned that these types of breed are fast turning into the status dogs for inner city residents, the charity wants to point out that Huskies and Malamutes are highly intelligent breeds that require a lot of exercise, space and stimulation. These beautiful dogs are known for running over long distances and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home believe that people are taking on ownership of them without realising all of their needs.
Whilst some of these dogs have been abandoned or dumped on the charity’s doorstep, the volunteers at the home also believe that a lot of the dogs are running free when they are let off the lead. They feel that some owners are not purposefully taking the dogs to the home, rather that the dogs’ natural instinct is kicking in when off the lead, meaning they get lost and are found by other people who then hand them in to the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
The charity is asking for people to research what type of breed best suits their lifestyle rather than just taking in a dog without understanding its breed-specific needs.