Dogs Trust, Ireland’s leading dog welfare charity, says that we should expect to spend around €10,000 on a dog over its lifetime, depending on the size of the dog. The average dog lives for 15 years.
Last January the charity received 51 surrender calls to its switchboard in one day alone from people who wished to surrender the dog they got for Christmas.
The number of surrenders can go into hundreds, and will continue throughout the year as cute little puppies get bigger and bigger.
More than 1,000 abandoned and unwanted dogs a year arrive through the doors of the charity’s rehoming centre.
Dogs Trust currently has 208 dogs looking for their forever homes.#
The top 10 pups the Irish buy at Christmas time
The dogs we buy at Christmas tend to be different to the ones bought throughout the rest of the year.
"Yes, there is a change in the buying pattern coming up to Christmas," says Sean Delmar, president of the Irish Kennel Club. "The 'aaaah factor' kicks in, especially with presents for girlfriends and children.
"So the 'cute breeds' are to the fore," he says.
It seems the more cuddly the dog the better when it comes to giving one as a Christmas gift. Sean says, "I would ask anyone buying a pup to check the IKC website (ikc.ie) for advice on a type of dog, and also preparing for its arrival and ongoing care."
Most popular breeds of puppies bought as pets for Christmas are: