Prices soar for ‘exotic’ colored dogs, including striped Labradors despite health concerns
Prospective dog owners are warned of an increase in “exotic colored” pedigrees which are often sold for five times more than other puppies.
One of the breeds in high demand lately are the tiger striped or charcoal Labradors.
The same goes for the Lilac Bulldogs, which Mail Online report can cost around £ 9,000.
But after altering the genetics, it’s hardly surprising that these dogs can end up with behavior, health, and skin issues.
Following concerns, the Kennel Club has launched an investigation into the demand for designer dogs with unusual colors.
Kennel Club health and wellness expert Bill Lambert told TeamDogs that potential owners should be wary of breeders who seem to prioritize “fashion” over dog health.
He said: “We urge puppy buyers to be cautious about advertising ‘rare’ colors used as a marketing tool to inflate puppy prices.
“Rare-colored dogs can be considered a ‘trend’ and temporarily trendy – it is important to make sure that any breeder wants the best for their puppy and that they prioritize their health, their welfare. being and his temperament above all.
“Breeders who appear to favor color over other factors and charge inflated prices should be treated with suspicion.”
The expert also explains that variations in color can be caused by mutations within a particular gene.
The Kennel Club has spoken at length with breeders about the issue of ‘rare’ colored dogs and has therefore set up a new working group to examine how they can support responsible breeders and the purchase of puppies, all helping to ensure that unusual colors are not glamorized.
David Goode, president of the Labrador Retriever Club, said new colors appeared in the 1980s when American breeders crossed Weimaraners with Labradors.
They were registered there as pedigrees and then – thanks to a reciprocal agreement – kept this status when they were imported.
He added, “These puppies have different temperaments and health issues such as skin disorders and hair loss.
“Out of 35,000 Labrador puppies registered last year, about 10% were the wrong color.”
“We don’t think the Kennel Club should continue to register them as pedigrees. At least they should be put on a separate register.”
However, the Kennel Club has now said it “has banned the registration of dogs in breeds where color is linked to a known health problem.”
Bill believes the recent demand is due to social media sites, including Instagram, which has become a popular platform for owners and even breeders to show off their pets.
He said: “Some of these dogs are marketed and ‘sold’ as ‘rare’, special, desirable or glamorous, creating a trend for ‘unusual’ colors.
“It is crucial that future owners are not dictated by fashions for specific colors, or other aspects that can adversely affect a dog’s health or well-being, which should always remain a top priority. “
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