Eukanuba Discover Dogs hosted a puppy speed dating event last week to tackle the problem of buying pups on a whim.
Dog lovers gathered at the Kennel Club HQ for a lunch-time puppy speed dating pop-up last week to find their perfect puppy match after research showed too many people are buying dogs on a whim or because of the way they look.
Given a three-minute window with each pup and their breeder, the event provided a showcase of the variety of pedigree dog breeds available and highlighted the importance of finding a suitable canine companion.
Pet owners, journalists and pooch fans wined and dined with ten of Britain’s favourite breeds including Great Dane puppies, smooth-coated Chihuahuas and the loveable Golden Retriever.
Unfortunately too many people buy a dog on a whim; shocking Kennel Club research reveals more than one in 10 get a dog as a spur of the moment decision, or buy a puppy because it’s fashionable.
Sadly when choosing a breed, nearly a quarter of pet owners based their decision on how the dog looked, and some even admitted they chose their pup based on their favourite celebrity’s dog.
So Discover Dogs hosted a puppy speed dating pop-up in London, to give people the chance to find their perfect pooch.
The dating allowed the opportunity to meet some of Britain’s most popular and Britain’s most vulnerable breeds, learning first-hand from breeders the pros and cons of taking on each breed of dog.
Caroline Kisko, from the Kennel Club, said: “It is so important we educate people about the importance of choosing the right breed of dog, and ensure people are getting dogs for the right reasons. A good breeder will help you understand the breed and assess your suitability as a potential owner before selling their pups. The Kennel Club always recommends going to a Kennel Club Assured Breeder who have to follow strict scheme rules that protect their pup’s health and welfare.
It’s essential when taking on a puppy, you learn the likely characteristics of your chosen breed. With pedigree dogs you can predict how big your dog will grow, its exercise and grooming needs, as well as important tests your breeder should have carried out for its health.”
All the breeders I met (all part of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme) were extremely passionate about responsible breeding and pet ownership. Everyone I spoke to vociferously condemned the horrible world of puppy-farming, advocating DNA testing and screening to guarantee their pups parentage and health.
In just over an hour I learnt a myriad of fascinating dog facts that I previously had no idea about. Did you know that in the UK the most popular dog is the Labrador Retriever? Or that the most vulnerable breeds at risk of dying out are native ones, such as Manchester Terriers, Lancashire Heelers and Smooth Collies? And finally there are actually some breeds such as the Newfoundland, the Novia Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and the Portuguese Water Dog that have webbed feet. If like me you thought this was a joke, I can assure you it’s not. Teddy the Newfoundland lent a rather large paw to show me his (and apparently he’s a great swimmer).
If you’re thinking of getting a pedigree dog, the Kennel Club have a handy ‘Find a Dog Breed‘ tool on their website which will help you decide the best breeds for your lifestyle based on criteria such as the amount of time you can spend exercising your new pup every day, whether you live in a flat or house and whether you have allergies.
Once you’ve found your perfect match, you can then decide if buying a dog (from a responsible breeder of course) or adopting a dog from a rescue (there are many breed specific rescues listed on the Kennel Club website) is right for you.
The event, which took place at the Kennel Club HQ in Green Park, London, was a taster for this year’s family event Eukanuba Discover Dogs, on October 17th and 18th at ExCel Exhibition Centre. Last year over 34,000 dog lovers attended Discovered Dogs with more than 90 per cent of visitors ranking it the go-to event of the year. One thing’s for sure, you’ll certainly get your ‘doggie fix’…
Visit www.discoverdogs.org.uk for more information about the event and watch this space for some exciting Discover Dogs news here on the Dogvine!
Photos & Video: Courtesy of The Kennel Club