British dogs with no pedigree in their own right are being bred abroad
London Breeders’ Association chairman John T. Hill said a “worldwide trend” of British dogs being bred overseas is “disgusting.”
Hill said he was particularly concerned about the breeds with “no pedigree” who have become “overpopulated” in the U.K. “We have seen many breeds that have been taken off the books due to overbreeding,” he said.
“In the last 10 years, we have seen over 50% of our breeding stock moved overseas.”
He said he believed “there is a huge overpopulation of dogs in the UK.”
Hill’s statement comes as a government-backed program announced last week aims to stop breeding and re-homing dogs in England.
The program is being launched to address the problem of dog owners rehoming their own dogs, which have become increasingly common in England and Wales.
Hill said the BSA was also working to find ways to curb the overbreeding that can result from the breeders who have bred and rehomed their dogs overseas.
Hill told The Hill that there was a “massive overpopulation” of dogs which is “unprecedented in Britain,” and said the government’s new plan would help address the situation.