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Searches for puppies on the rise

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Searches on the Kennel Club’s ‘Find a Puppy’ tool increased by 53 per cent from February to March, with the biggest spike seen in the week leading up to the Covid-19 lockdown (16–23 March).

The top three most searched for breeds were Labradors, cocker spaniels and golden retrievers.

Holly Conway, head of public affairs at the Kennel Club, said: ‘While we would underline that now isn’t the right time to bring home a puppy...the current situation could provide a good opportunity for potential new owners to really do their research.’

She said the more time potential owners spent finding out about a breed, the more aware they would be of possible problems and so they would be more likely to bring home a healthy puppy from a responsible breeder.’

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