Source: The Market Herald.

How Bulldogs Beat Bitcoin – The Top 10 Most Expensive Designer Dogs in Australia

The pandemic pet boom has some bark left in it. Locked-down humans around the globe adopted four-legged friends at a rapid pace during the lockdown. This pushed global pet product sales up to US$125 billion (around A$161 billion) according to Packaged Facts.

Shelters, nonprofit rescues, private breeders and pet stores — all reported more consumer demand than there were dogs and puppies to fill it. Some rescues were reporting dozens of applications for individual dogs. Some breeders were reporting waiting lists well into 2021.

Lockdowns have led to an “unprecedented demand” for designer dogs with small dog breeds such as pugs, French bulldogs, cavoodles and dachshunds selling at eye-watering prices starting from $6,000 and upwards.

The French bulldog tops the list as the most expensive dog and there are a few reasons why. Perhaps the most obvious is their so-called rare or “fade” colour. Colours such as blue (or mouse), black and tan, and liver are rarer to breed and find, making them more valuable for sale. A Frenchie of this shade can fetch for up to anywhere between $20,000 — $40,000 far more than the cost of buying a health-checked puppy from a reputable breeder, whose dogs sell for a comparatively low $4,000 to $7,500. 

Micro French bulldogs are even rarer due to their “micro” size and hefty price tag – with one Frenchie selling as much as $100,000 in the U.S. – Why, you might ask? Because of its micro size. Interestingly, the value of a French bulldog has increased by over 2000 per cent in the past year – that’s more than the price of a Bitcoin which has seen an 800 per cent increase since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Source: The Market Herald.

For your convenience, we’ve put together a list. Here are the top 10 most expensive dogs in Australia currently.

  1. French bulldogs: $6,000-$15,000 each
  2. American bulldog: $6,000+
  3. Moodle (Maltese x poodle): $6,000+
  4. Teacup poodle: $6,000+
  5. Cavoodle: $6,000+
  6. Cockalier (cocker spaniel x king Charles cavalier): $5,000+
  7. Maltese x Shih Tzu: $5,000+
  8. Miniature dachshund: $4,000+
  9. Groodle (golden retriever x poodle): $3,000+
  10. Chihuahua: $3,000+

A breeder on Gumtree is charging $27,500 for a litter of five “pedigree fluffy longhaired French bulldogs in Queensland.

In Dubbo, a breeder is charging $49,000 for a litter of seven chocolate cocker spaniels, while another has listed a litter of cavoodles for $6,500 each. 

The RSPCA estimates 61 per cent of Australian households own pets and all up there are over 29 million pets across the country.

Even before the pandemic, a national study by Animal Medicines Australia found that nationally households spent about A$13 billion on their pets in 2019, up 42 per cent from 2013.

Source: Animal Medicines Australia

The RSPCA’s Tegan McPherson said the organisation had seen a significant increase in applications for pets since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

But, it’s not only Australia that has a love affair with its furry friends. Countries like the U.S. and China have also experienced a strong surge in pup sales since the pandemic began.

Chinese shoppers are set to spend 46.3 billion yuan (around A$7 billion) on their pets by 2022, up from 17.5 billion yuan this year as the market grows at around an annual 20 per cent, according to estimates from Euromonitor.

The U.S. market, however, is by far the largest pet products market, with an estimated US$59 billion (approx. A$76 billion) recorded in sales for 2020 – approximately 47 per cent of the global share.

But Max will require food, treats, trips to the vet and spending on services like grooming could also rise. Companies that have lapped up sales still have room to run.

American’s Chewy Chewy, Inc. online retailer for pet food and other pet-related products saw its share value surge over 288 per cent during the first six months of the pandemic in 2020.

The pet online retailer run by Amazon.com alumnus Sumit Singh also saw its share price leap 160 per cent through mid-December, with a 46 per cent surge in net sales in the first three quarters of its fiscal year.

While some people might read this and think that buying a designer doggie might be a better long-term investment decision – one thing is for sure. With most people still adjusting to working from home, it seems the most obvious reason for the increase in value and sales of these cute fur-babies is for their companionship and love.

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