Aussies Love Posh Pups
Designer dogs are growing in popularity in Australia, as are many different kinds of pedigreed puppies, marking a distinct chance from the standard of only a few years ago, when people were largely uninterested in the breed of their dog. Pets like the puggle and the Dandie Dinmont terrier, as well as pugs, bulldogs and "oodles," which include all the various types of good-natured and cute poodle crosses. There is no word on whether pit bulls are as popular there as they are in some other cities, but interest in well-bred pups isn't limited to the smaller breeds and more people are purchasing St Bernards and chocolate labs, as well.
To some new dog lovers, the price of the puppy is shocking, with pugs and bulldogs going for as much as $2,000-3,000 AUD each, but a recent international study found that dog owners spend an average of $53,000 over the course of their pet's lifetime.