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Is UK Puppy Purchasing Suffering a Long COVID Effect? Ongoing Negative Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic upon Puppy Purchase Motivations and Behaviours in 2021

By R. M. A. Packer, C. L. Brand, Z. Belshaw, C. L. Pegram, F. Dale, K. B. Stevens, D. G. O'Neill

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a surge in acquisitions of puppies in the UK, dubbed the "Pandemic Puppy" phenomenon. In addition to an increased demand for puppies, widespread changes to both why and how puppies were purchased during this period compared to pre-pandemic 2019 purchases were documented, many of which threatened canine welfare (e.g., puppies being collected away from their place of birth, without seeing their mother). This study aimed to explore which changes to the pre-purchase and purchase motivations and behaviours of UK owners who purchased a puppy aged

Publication Title Animals (Basel)
Volume 13
Issue 13
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615 (Print)2076-2615
DOI 10.3390/ani13132186
Author Address Department of Clinical Science and Services, The Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield AL9 7TA, UK.EviVet Evidence-Based Veterinary Consultancy, Nottingham NG2 5HY, UK.Department of Pathobiology and Population Sciences, The Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield AL9 7TA, UK.
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  1. Analysis
  2. Breeding
  3. Covid-19
  4. Dogs
  5. Human-animal interactions
  6. open access
  7. Pet ownership
  8. welfare
  9. young animals
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