Dogs deemed "too ugly for social media" dumped in shelters

Some shelters believe current online trends have shaped the sales of dogs Credit: ITV News

They may be man's best friend, but according to a recent survey, perhaps not the camera's best friends. New research has found that some dogs deemed "too ugly for social media" are being dumped in animal shelters.

Over half of shelters believe that celebrities who post pictures of their pups, influence people looking to adopt. This then drives the sales of more fashionable breeds, but leaving others left behind.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Akitas, and Greyhounds are the three most-common breeds abandoned in rescue shelters according to the new research by and Direct Line.

Some dogs at the Newcastle shelter have been there for almost a year Credit: ITV News

The most commonly requested dogs in shelters are:

  • Pugs

  • Miniature Dachshunds

  • Labradors

  • French Bulldog

  • Chihuahua

  • Bulldog

Pugs have been extremely popular on Instagram for many years Credit: PA

Pugs are the most-requested breed on the 'waiting list’, according to animal rescue shelters. Almost 95% of shelters blame owners being inspired by celebrities or fashion trends to impulsively purchase a dog without understanding the responsibilities of owning one.

  • Ryan O'Meara, Founder at said pups shouldn't be treated as a status symbol:

Our reporter Katie Cole went along to the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter, where she met Churchill, a pup with only has one eye.

The staff there are trying to change perceptions about certain animals and their 'quirky' traits.