Data from marketing company Propellernet for the Dogs Trust found that Google searches for “buy a puppy” and “adopt a puppy” rose by 120 per cent and 133 per cent respectively in the first month of lockdown.
Buying or adopting a dog in lockdown is possible and legal, according to regulations created by the Kennel Club and signed off by DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). If you're buying from an accredited private breeder you can arrange a collection to pick up your puppy. The same goes for rehoming centres, Dogs Trust, for example, have profiles of dogs up for adoption online. If you find one that looks like the right fit for you, you can arrange a socially distanced collection.
And far from just being a cute and cuddly companion, there are several reasons a dog will improve your health too. Read more here.
If you are considering bringing a furry friend into your home & family, PLEASE consider rehoming / adopting.