According to the German Canine Association (VDH), 20 percent more dogs were bought by Bundesrepublik residents in 2020 compared to previous years, reported Spiegel.
Whether it was a new labrador or French bulldog, many people decided to grow their pet family.
“The demand is extreme,” said the chairman of the Rhineland-Palatinate VDH, Herbert Klemann.
Breeders are literally “bombarded” with calls and cannot breed as many animals as there is demand. This was already the case in 2020.
“And the demand is still there,” said Klemann. “The fact that the lockdown has been extended is pushing the whole thing even further.”
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Due to more families and households spending more time at home because of lockdown measures, there's been a trend nationwide for pet owners increasing.
The number of people nationwide who want puppies is huge, said VDH spokesman Udo Kopernik. “Breeders are getting bombarded (with requests),” he said.
Among those who have recently decided on a new animal family member is Markus Söder, of the Christian Social Union.
The Bavarian state premier presented his puppy Molly on Twitter last week – and stole a little attention from his sister party and its new leader: on the same day, the Christian Democrat party conference started, the day after Armin Laschet was elected leader.
Schöne Nachricht in schwerer Zeit: Wir haben mit Molly „Nachwuchs“ bekommen. Sie ist eine süße junge Hundedame. Da geht einem das Herz auf. pic.twitter.com/BBpaExMW8H
— Markus Söder (@Markus_Soeder) January 15, 2021
VDH spokesman Kopernik, however, is partly critical of the trend for new puppies.
“If parents give in to their children's desire to have a pup but don't actually want a dog themselves, it can only go wrong,” Klemann said.
He fears that many dogs could end up in shelters after the pandemic. “When people go back to work normally and the children can no longer look after the dog, then that becomes a problem.”
Commenting on the jump in dog sales, Kopernik said, “It's a dramatic growth, a big step in a very short time.”
In the past 15 years, he said, the number of dogs in Germany has increased from an estimated 6.5 million to ten million. Cities are also registering more applications for dog tax.