'Designer' dog crisis: RSPCA warns HUGE hike in 'trendy' breeds being abandoned

'Designer' dog crisis: RSPCA warns HUGE hike in 'trendy' breeds being abandoned

French bulldogs have become the UK's top dogs over the past decade but more need rescuing (Image: GETTY) RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said today: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and dachshunds.

Millions of dogs in UK left feeling 'frightened and lonely' when home alone warns RSCPA

Millions of dogs in UK left feeling 'frightened and lonely' when home alone warns RSCPA

DogKind poster released with campaign (Image: RSPCA) A quarter of owners went on to confess their working hours make it difficult for them to care for their dog as “they would like” while one in five admitted witnessing signs associated with separation related behaviour.

Connected Home Might Be the Next Big Thing But Connected Pet Is Big Right Now

Connected Home Might Be the Next Big Thing But Connected Pet Is Big Right Now

Other connected pet products mirror technology first created for humans, Whistle, for example, is a Fitbit-like tracker used to locate your pet and measure their exercise and activity level.

BANNED: Electric dog collars to be made ILLEGAL in Britain in animal cruelty breakthrough

BANNED: Electric dog collars to be made ILLEGAL in Britain in animal cruelty breakthrough

Campaigners say this can disrupt a dog’s sensitive sense of smell, while other collars emit sounds which are painful for animals.Using electric collars on animals will be banned (Image: PA)The RSPCA’s dog welfare expert, Dr Samantha Gaines applauded the government’s move to ban shock collars.Dr Gaines said: “These cruel collars have been illegal in Wales since 2010 and we've long been calling for them to be outlawed in England too.