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- Jul 4, 2016
Pet dogs are getting smaller because owners are living in more compact homes than ever before, new research suggests.
Figures provided by The Kennel Club and analysed by The Economist magazine show that the average puppy weighs 12 per cent less than it did 10 years ago.
Experts believe that a combination of stagnating wages and small houses, often without gardens, have led owners to increasingly select miniature breeds, which has also led breeders to focus on smaller animals.
A pug needs about one-quarter of the daily calories of a German shepherd, so they are far cheaper to own. Vets' bills also tend to be less for smaller animals.
The data has come from The Kennel Club which registers the details of about 250,000 hounds in Britain each year.