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‘Small dog syndrome’ on the increase

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Battersea Dogs and Cats home have reported an increase in the number of small dogs being offered up for rehoming that are showing signs of small dog syndrome.  A report has recently suggested that Battersea have experienced a 40% rise in the number of so-called ‘handbag dogs’ coming through their doors this year.  Chihauhuas and Yorkshire Terriers are the breeds most frequently handed in having been “mollycoddled” by their owners.

Ali Taylor, Head of Canine Welfare Training explains: “Small dogs have become very popular and fashionable in recent years and sadly Battersea sees the repercussions of people taking on these dogs with little thought of how to care for them. They may be small but they are still dogs, and sadly people treat them like babies or accessories without letting them behave as dogs should.”

Battersea have been presented with dogs complete with their own wardrobe and accessories range by owners who clearly doted upon their pet, but were ill-informed in regards to the genuine needs of the dog.  Many of the dogs seen have developed behavioural problems such as handling and stranger issues as a result of being babied and carried around and not being able to behave as a dog should.  Battersea are advising owners that small dogs should be treated as dogs – and not a fashion accessory.

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