Labrador demand shoots up after release of movie, experts call trend ‘unhealthy’ | India News

MANGALURU: With the release of the heartwarming ‘777 Charlie’ film, the city is seeing a sudden rise in the demand for labrador dogs. The Mangaluru city police recently named its latest canine recruit charlie. The movie had left Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai too in tears as he was reminded of his pet dog who died recently. Prices for the breed has increased from around Rs 9,000 to Rs 12,000- Rs 13,000 for a male.
Animal activist and founder of Mr Rescuer Tauseef Ahmed rued that the film has had the opposite effect and that the demand for labrador puppies has shot up after ‘777 Charlie’ hit the screens. “The purpose of the movie is lost when people go out and buy puppies from unethical breeders. We have received information that breeders are getting several requests specifically for labradors. When puppies are not available locally, they are transported from other cities under inhumane conditions,” he said.
Callen D’Souza of Boo Waggy Kennel said there is certainly a rise in the demand for labradors after the movie’s release. The price is around Rs 12,000- Rs 13,000 for a male labrador and Rs 8,000 for a female one.
Swaroop Shetty of Pets and paws said people are definitely in an emotional zone after watching the movie, but it could take some time to ascertain the actual demand for labradors in the city. He said there was a similar demand for pugs when an advertisement featuring the breed was released years ago and it became a hit. “People rushed to buy pets during the lockdown. Once the situation returned to normalcy and work from office resumed, many people gave up the puppies,” he said.
Dr Yashaswi Naravi, a veterinarian, Little Paws Mangaloresaid it is too early to ascertain the demand, but a spike in demand could lead to a rise in inbreeding which, in turn, could lead to congenital defects in dogs, he added.


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