Thoughts from Great Yarmouth dog owners on soaring foreclosure prices
Dog prices have remained high after a pandemic boom, Great Yarmouth breeders and buyers have revealed.
In March, Ebony Smith of Yarmouth purchased two separate litter cockapoos and noticed an immediate price difference.
“My first dog was £ 2,500 and the other £ 1,800,” Miss Smith said.
“I would say dogs are more expensive because of the pandemic, sure.”
Despite the awards, Miss Smith said her new pets had “massively” changed her life.
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“They gave me a reason to go out and walk every day,” she said.
“Training two puppies at the same time was stressful.
“But it wasn’t too different after the restrictions were lifted.”
Canine Aid Rescue and Ethology (CARE) Dog Rescue, a family-owned, non-profit organization in Norfolk dedicated to the rescue and placement of dogs, said he had not noticed an increase in the number of homeless dogs in the region during the pandemic.
“Our suspicion is that dogs are so expensive right now that people are selling rather than adopting their old pets,” said Al Matherne of CARE.
Mr. Matherne added that the Gorleston branch of CARE has rescued around 100 dogs in the past year. Previously, they had rescued three or four dogs a week.
Mr Matherne agreed that dog prices have risen during the pandemic with some desirable breeds well over £ 2,000.
A new dog owner, who did not wish to be named, shared the price difference between a French bulldog she bought in 2017 and one she bought in the last lockdown.
“I paid £ 1,200 in 2017 and prices seemed constant until the pandemic.
“I bought my second dog earlier this year for £ 3,500.
“It was a bit of a crazy increase.
“But you are paying for the quality of the breed.”
The woman decided to buy another dog to help ease her older dog’s anxiety.
The woman said the lockdown had not affected her decision. She had always planned to find a mate for her older Frenchie.
“I’m a sucker for a puppy,” the woman said.
“As soon as I saw her, I fell in love with her.
“Although the price was ridiculous.”
Puppy Buying Tips
Battersea Dog’s Home advises people wishing to become new dog owners to do their research before purchasing a pet.
New owners should consider the following:
Is a puppy the right pet for me?
Battersea Dog’s Home suggests, “Before committing to buying a puppy, it’s important to make sure that you have the time and resources to devote to both training and caring for a puppy.
“It’s rewarding, but it’s also hard work and shouldn’t be underestimated.”
Do I have enough space?
Some dogs get very large and need space to live comfortably and need access to areas where they can burn excess energy.
How old is the puppy?
Most puppies shouldn’t leave their mothers until they are at least eight weeks old.
Battersea recommends seeing the puppy interact with its mother and new owners should check the puppy’s age as best they can.
Battersea suggests that “a good way to check their age is to compare them to photographs of other people of the same age.”