We stay at home and limit social contacts – the Corona crisis is causing loneliness for many people. No wonder that the demand for dogs is still increasing: the four-legged friends are the perfect companions against being alone. However, this is also reflected in the prices.
More and more people come to the dog in the corona pandemic, in the “Tasso” animal register in June of this year alone, 25 percent more dogs were newly registered than in June 2019.
This is particularly noticeable because the borders to many neighboring countries were reopened that month. Because dogs were apparently becoming scarce in this country, “rooting table puppies” from Eastern Europe stimulated the pet market again.
But the demand from animal shelters and breeders also increased – to the point where some breeders suddenly asked higher prices for their puppies. A similar picture can currently be seen in the USA: According to the “ New York Post ”, the prices for puppies there have recently increased by around 50 percent.
Prices for pedigree dogs doubled
Pedigree dogs and modern breeds such as the Maltipoo – a cross between a poodle and a Maltese – are particularly popular : prices for this breed are currently around twice as high as before the pandemic.
A breeder explains that for Maltipoo puppies, instead of between 1,000 and 1,500 US dollars (around 840 to 1,260 euros), you can now expect up to 2,400 US dollars – that’s the equivalent of around 2,000 euros.
But animal lovers will also have to dig deeper into their pockets this year for other crossbreeds of poodles – such as Goldendoodle or Cavapoo. If they even get hold of a puppy: The experts in the USA point out that due to the high demand, you have to be quick at the moment.