Puppy price hikes during lockdown
With millions of people working from home, demand for puppies has soared during lockdown. Google searches for ‘buy a puppy’ have increased by 166% since lockdown was announced on 23 March. And sadly, unscrupulous sellers have exploited that demand, with prices for some of the most sought-after dog breeds reaching record levels.
The five breeds most often smuggled into the country are Dachshunds, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs and Chow Chows. The asking prices for these breeds shot up between March, when lockdown was announced, and the end of June, when lockdown started easing.
Our Puppy Pilot scheme rescues smuggled pups at the UK border. It's continued to be busy throughout lockdown, despite restrictions on movement being in place. Between the beginning of lockdown and the end of June, we rescued 43 puppies illegally imported into the country from Central and Eastern Europe. These dogs were destined to be advertised online for extortionate prices, to line the pockets of cruel puppy smugglers.
Unsuspecting buyers can be left heartbroken when online adverts turn out to be scams, or their pup becomes unwell or worse. Make sure you know the signs of a dodgy advert to avoid being dogfished.
Average puppy price increases from March to June