This week, the Red Foundation published a summary of their rehoming/rescue statistics for 2017-2020. Although we are only in October, it looks like 2020 will see a slight reduction in the number of dogs rehomed compared with 2019, which is good news. Some of the highlights:
- Roughly 4 times as many Miniatures were rehomed, compared with Standards
- Males were rehomed twice as often as females
- In line with KC registrations, Mini Smooths were the most numerous
- The majority were 1 year old or younger, which might suggest new owners simply can’t cope with a young Dachshund and had unrealistic expectations about living with the breed
- A “change in circumstances” and behavioural issues were the main reasons for rehoming
- 70% of the rehomed dogs were not KC registered; is this evidence that KC registered Dachshunds are better-bred, with better temperaments, and therefore less likely to need rehoming?
- Neutered Dachshunds were nearly twice as likely to have bitten someone, compared with entire Dachshunds (we know, from published evidence) that neutering can make behavioural problems such as aggression, worse
Read the full report here.