Staffordshire bull terriers top the list of the breed most lihkely to be picked up the a dog warden in Scotland according to new analysis from Direct Line Pet Insurance.
They also top the list of most rehomed and destroyed breed from 2013-2015.
While many may not be surprised to see Staffies topping the table, they may be more surprised to see that Labradors and German shepherds all make an appearance in Scotland.
The findings raise questions about whether we really are a nation of dog lovers. The figures point to the mistreatment and abandonment of animals as 66,247 stray dogs were seized by local councils in 2014 – this equates to an average of 246 dogs seized per council.
Madeline Pike, veterinary nurse at Direct Line Pet Insurance, said: “Staffies are the most seized and disposed of breed in the UK yet they make excellent pets. As a breed, they are caring, loyal dogs who trust people completely and are renowned for their love and protection of children. Unfortunately, due to the historical connection with fighting and close resemblance to the pit bull terrier, a banned breed in the UK, many consider these dogs as dangerous, but this may often only be the case if the owner is irresponsible or if the dog has been raised to fight.”
Madeline continues: “The numbers speak for themselves – 66,247 stray dogs having been seized in the UK last year is a staggering amount. While it’s encouraging to see that the majority are either rehomed or reunited with their owners, the reality is that many end up having to be euthanised. We have a responsibility to ensure we can look after our dogs and ensure they don’t end up roaming the streets.
“We urge anyone considering buying a dog for themselves or someone else this Christmas to think carefully beforehand and ensure they are able to care for it.”
Most councils pick up stray dogs in their districts and take them to local kennels. If the dogs are not claimed by their owners within a certain timeframe, usually seven days, they become the responsibility of the kennels who will try to find the dog a new home. If a dog is not suitable for rehoming it may be euthanised.
Direct Line Pet Insurance urges anyone considering buying a dog for Christmas to seriously consider the implications of having a dog, the costs involved and whether the recipient has the means to fully care for it.