I’m a dog expert – here are the breeds not to buy as they grow the most – some balloons by 900%
DOG experts have discovered which breeds grow the most from puppyhood – some even shoot up to 900 percent.
Pooch lovers might get all sticky about this adorable little ball of fluff, but things can change radically when this cute pup grows into a big adult.
In a study conducted by Petplan, sixty of the UK’s most popular and common dog breeds were measured when they were just eight weeks old and then again when they were one year old.
The breed that gained the most weight were Labradoodles, who skyrocketed 900 percent in height as they progressed from puppies to adulthood.
Labrador retrievers and rottweilers weren’t too far behind, with their bodies changing by 700 percent and 692 percent, respectively, over the same period.
The research comes as animal centers across the UK are full of abandoned cats and dogs.
Rehoming centers believe the ongoing cost-of-living crisis has worsened the situation as cash-strapped Brits try to save by giving up their pet in a number not seen since the crash in 2008.
For this reason, Petplan’s experts believe it is important for people to be aware of how much money and effort, as well as space, is required for specific breeds.
Joe Nutkins, a dog trainer at The Kennel Club, says larger dogs can cost up to 50 percent more than smaller breeds when it comes to leashes, collars, and other essential items.
Joe told MailOnline: “When choosing your puppy or young dog breed type, it’s important to remember that they will grow with different needs.
“A smaller dog has lower costs because there are fewer materials needed for collars, bedding or coats, less medication per dose, and less daily food intake for meals and treats.
“A larger dog can add 50 percent and more to the cost of the same items, so it pays to beat that when choosing your next puppy or adult dog.”
Dog breeds that have gained the most weight
Labrador Retriever 700%
Border Collie 600%
golden retrievers 580%
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 550%
Great Dane 533%
While dogs like Labradoodles can be a handful when they grow up, at the other end of the scale there are some breeds that don’t grow as much as they age.
Mini cavapoos, a cross between a mini poodle and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, only gain 50 percent between the ages of eight weeks and a year.
A Chihuahua’s weight increases by 100 percent, while a Staffordshire Bull Terrier increases its weight by 118 percent.
Dog breeds that have grown the most
English Springer Spaniel 317%
golden retrievers 267%
Doberman Pinscher 243%
St. Bernard 225%
Bernese Mountain Dog 225%
German shepherd 214%
Yorkshire Terrier 200%
Mr Nutkins also stressed the importance of pet owners being aware that costs and exercise requirements are also influenced by other needs.
He told the outlet, “Fitness levels are different for every dog based on a dog’s breed type and not just size. A Jack Russell Terrier is likely to be longer active than a Greyhound or Mastiff breed.”
Mr Nutkins added that while it’s free to walk or play with your dog, people should also consider other costs that you may have to pay, such as: B. renting a dog walker, paying for dog training lessons or even a safe field.
Petplan’s research used data from The Kennel Club and HelloBark, as well as the pet insurance company’s own professional sources.
The study only looked at male puppies and adult adults and excluded female dogs.
Experts also looked at changes in height, which can also affect the cost of bedding and other pet essentials.
English Springer Spaniels were observed to grow more than three times their size as puppies, while Golden Retrievers shot up 267 percent.
However, Border Collies only had a 13 percent increase, while Pugs had a 25 percent increase and Poodles a 50 percent increase.
Mr Nutkins said: “If you’re considering adding a dog to your family, spend time researching the breed types you’re interested in to get an idea of how big a puppy or rescue dog size can get .”