Greedy dog breeders are creating Frankenstein puppies to sell for up to £40,000 each.
The new breeds—like hairless and fluffy bulldogs—are being concocted in unregulated fertility clinics, an investigation has found.
Others being created in the amateur labs are described as “hairless French bulldogs”.
Unscrupulous traders are capitalizing on the reluctance of registered vets to do fertility work.
But experts fear the new breeds will suffer poor health throughout their often short lives.
The Sunday People found more than 60 dog fertility clinics on social media, located everywhere from Inverness to Kent.
However the true number is likely to be even higher as backstreet operations do not advertise.
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Some clinics blatantly advertised illegal services such as advanced artificial insemination procedures which should be carried out only by a vet.
Many offer their services to breeds such as bulldogs which struggle to reproduce due to genetic issues, but are popular with those looking to buy dogs.
Leading TV vet Dr Pete Wedderburn said: “The rise of these unregulated clinics is a scandal. A licensed vet would never get involved in breeding dogs that will suffer in their lives.
One of the pups for sale)
“That has led to a vacuum where these unregulated clinics have sprung up.”
A wildlife crime source said: “These clinics are appearing in every town and city. They are out to make a fast buck.
“They have no qualifications and no cares about the wellbeing of the strange dogs they are creating.”
The charity NatureWatch, whose investigators have probed the clinics, said: “These laboratories are creating Frankenstein puppies that are destined to suffer for their looks.”
Two breeders running fertility clinics are facing court action in Scotland over allegations of unregulated veterinary procedures.
One, who we are not naming for legal reasons, breeds bizarre puppies including hairless bulldogs. He sells them for between £30,000 and £40,000.
Madeleine Campbell of the Royal Veterinary College said: “Non-vets undertaking surgery should be reported to trading standards and police.”