Pet charity Blue Cross warns shih-tzus, chihuahuas, Yorkshire terriers, and pugs are now the most dumped dogs in Britain
Designer 'handbag' dogs made popular by celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Simon Cowell are now the most dumped in Britain, charity bosses revealed.
Research has revealed pocket-sized pets are now the most unwanted across the country because owners don't realise they need as much exercise as larger breeds.As a result dogs such as shih-tzus, chihuahuas, Yorkshire terriers, and pugs are now being given up in record numbers, according to the pet charity Blue Cross.
The organisation believes this is because the smaller breeds are seen as more of a fashion accessory and people think they are easier to look after because of their size.But when owners realise how much care, attention and exercise they need they decide they cannot cope and give them away.
The study found the number of "handbag" dogs handed in to the Blue Cross has increased by 120 per cent in the last five years.
The charity is now urging potential owners to do their research properly before buying a dog, rather than following the latest celebrity trend.
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