Kennel Club fear for abandoned dogs as Duchess Effect sees sales of spaniels like Kate and Wills’ soar 50 per cent
She's helped boost sales on the High Street and now the animal kingdom is feeling the Kate effect.
Since the Duchess of Cambridge revealed a cocker spaniel as her pet of choice, interest in the breed has surged by 50 per cent.
But a leading animal welfare group has spoken out against the trend, warning that it could contribute to the number of abandoned dogs.
Since the Duchess of Cambridge revealed a cocker spaniel as her pet of choice, interest in the breed has surged by 50 per cent
Caroline Kisko, from the Kennel Club – an organisation which offers advice to dog owners – said: 'We are concerned that the popularity of particular
pedigree or crossbreeds can go through the roof after they have been
pictured with a celebrity owner.
“Kate and William have chosen a
working line from the cocker spaniel breed, which needs lots of
attention and activity and so may not be suitable for all people.'
Kate and William acquired the three-month-old cocker spaniel named Lupo, meaning wolf in Italian, shortly before Christmas from a litter born to the Middleton family dog, Ella.
Experts believe he is a working cocker, bred to work as a gun dog rather than the show type, due to his short ears, flatter skull and fine coat.
But the Kennel Club warns many who buy dogs based on celebrity association fail to learn about the care they require, leading them to abandon them months down the line.
A survey conducted by the organisation found almost a quarter (23 per cent) of dog owners did limited research before buying their dog, and knew little about their temperament, exercise needs or grooming.
Kate and William acquired Lupo shortly before Christmas from a litter born to the Middleton family dog, Ella
'Thankfully, many owners of pedigree
dogs tend to do research before they buy so we hope that this will hold
true now that people have seen Kate with Lupo.'
'We have information on our website to help
people choose the right dog for them, so that they don’t contribute to
the already large population of rescue dogs.'
Spaniels are one of the oldest known breeds of dogs and are believed to have to come to the UK during Caesar’s invasion in 55 and 54 BC.
It is assumed they originated from Spain as the word spaniel is believed to have been derived from Hispania or possibly from the French phrase chiens de l’Espagnol (dog of Spain).
The were initially bred to flush game out of dense brush but by the late 1600’s had become specialized into water and land breeds.
As a breed cocker spaniels have friendly, affectionate, happy natures and considered to be wonderful family pets.
Ms Kisko added: 'Thankfully, many owners of pedigree dogs tend to do research before they buy so we hope that this will hold true now that people have seen Kate with Lupo.'