Dogs with health is­sues

Sunday Express - - BREEDING CRUELTY -

Pink pugs like the one owned by re­al­ity TV star Kerry Ka­tona, 38, are ac­tu­ally al­bino and can cost up to £15,000. The pink tinge comes from a lack of me­lanin, mean­ing they are dis­posed to skin con­di­tions and can burn eas­ily in the sun.

A search on Preloved found 24 ad­verts for merle French bull­dogs cost­ing from £500 to £2,000. Merle – where the coat has lighter pat­terns or dap­ples on it – is not found in pure-bred French bull­dogs and car­ries an in­creased risk of sight and hear­ing prob­lems.

Teacup chi­huahuas and York­shire ter­ri­ers

Dogs Trust has seen a rise in teacup chi­huahuas and Yorkies that sell for up to £6,000 be­ing handed in after the trend for mi­cro dogs spread from Amer­ica to the UK. The tiny dogs – seen pos­ing on so­cial me­dia in­side teacups – are cre­ated by breed­ing from the runts of lit­ters but are prone to frag­ile bones and brain prob­lems.

Mini poo­dles

Bat­tersea Dogs & Cats Home re­cently cared for mini poo­dle Char­lie who was or­dered on­line but dumped at the shel­ter due to an in­jured leg. She had brit­tle bones and her leg, which had three breaks, had to be re­moved. Char­lie’s story was shown on ITV’s For The Love Of Dogs.

Mini dachshunds

Sausage dogs have risen in pop­u­lar­ity thanks to In­sta­gram but be­cause of their short legs, one in four suf­fer with a painful and life-threat­en­ing back dis­ease, in­ter­ver­te­bral disc dis­ease. Surgery to cor­rect it can cost up to £10,000.

ON­LINE MAR­KET: The China chug, main picture, was ad­ver­tised on­line. Be­low, French bull­dog Noel who was dumped at a vets and later died

CELEBRITY PET: Kerry Ka­tona with her pink pug Pink pugs Merle French bull­dogs

HIGH DE­MAND: Mini poo­dle

PUP STAR: Teacup chi­huahua

PROB­LEMS: Mini dachs­hund

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