A spokesperson for the DSPCA has warned people considering buying a puppy that “no legitimate breeder” will breed dogs such as Labradoodles, Pomskys and Cockapoos.
A spokesperson for the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said any breeder producing these type of trendy crosses is doing so “purely for profit”, and this raises concerns about the health of the animals. long term of these dogs.
“No legitimate breeder will cross their dogs. For anyone who gets one of these dogs they are bred purely for profit. A big concern is how healthy your dog will be in the long run,” they said. .
“You might have a beautiful, healthy dog that’s a year old now, but in four or five years he might be in trouble. If you have a dog breed that has severe arthritis of the hip, and one that has severe heart defects, and you’ve mixed the two, then you may end up with a dog that can barely move because ‘he’s crippled with arthritis and also has heart disease,’ they warned.
They said that with any crossbreed puppy there is “no guarantee of what you are getting”, in terms of health, but also in terms of the ethics of keeping that puppy.
“Because of the Covid, people had to start meeting people in parking lots again. You are given a beautiful, freshly washed puppy, but you have no guarantee of the conditions in which the animals are kept.
“We’ve even heard of situations where the mother of puppies has come out of the mass production facility and stuck in a family home, and that’s where people went to see them with their puppies. It is very difficult to legitimately get a well-bred, well-groomed puppy, ”they said.
Last week Gardaí, the Dog Warden and the DSPCA seized nearly 40 animals from two Citywest apartments in Dublin.
A total of 33 dogs (including one deceased) were removed from inhumane living conditions, crammed into small cages with nothing to soak up the urine and feces that covered the cage floor, and dripped onto the dogs in the lower cages. . Many of the dogs seized were puppies, and others were showing signs of having had multiple litters.
The DSCPA renews its call for people to be careful when purchasing any puppy that has been raised for profit.
“People who buy a puppy may think they are buying a perfect dog, but it doesn’t exist. If you want a perfect dog, go to Smiths and buy one that you can put batteries in, ”the DSPCA spokesperson said.
The DSCPA maintains the best option is to adopt a dog, but has recommended that those who wish to purchase a puppy do so through the Irish Kennel Club, which maintains a register of purebred dogs in Ireland. and certifies that the breeding is carried out. in a responsible and sustainable manner.