A couple of phone calls this week which I want to raise an answer for.
A good breeder if they can not help you will give you numbers of other breeders with puppies on the way. I do not always know of a litter on the way, but I have often given other breeders details to people, and they can contact them. They may not have a litter but they know someone that has. Recommendation is everything.
Today I had 2 such calls who cant wait for puppies any longer with the breeder they had chosen and met. One they had lost puppies so couldn't help, the other hasn't bred yet and the person had waited for over a year. If a breeder has 2 litters a year then you have a wait. Its common sense, but if you get to a point you cant wait any longer then Im always happy to give names.
Try the Kennel club assured breeder scheme for breeders, or you can even ask your breed club secretary if they know of any puppies available. Or ring breeders who seem reputable as they will always pass on other peoples details.
Its been a very difficult year for breeding dogs. Their was a reduction in breeders for various reasons. One being after April 2020 when the law got stricter on licensing, it put a lot of breeders off wanting to do it again. I always say don't be scared about having a breeders license, as the licensing team will help you by sending you spread sheets to fill in, and how they like it done. You can ask them for advice as thats what they are there for. To make sure you tick all their boxes. Asking other breeders how they got theirs is also helpful. Their is an online group on facebook for breeders needing advice over licenses. Im not on that group. Licensed breeders were the only ones allowed to travel under Covid guidelines, so yes those people who didn't get a license couldn't travel. I think its the whole thing of hobby moved to business which a lot of breeders don't like. I admit we didn't like it either. But its just something we all had to get our heads around and do it.
Some people chose not to breed which caused a huge shortage in puppies, but the public suddenly wanted puppies of all breeds. The highest demand I would say is the doodle breeds. Being at home thinking it was the perfect time for a dog. Sadly the worst time for a dog because as we are seeing now, the dogs are now at an age they have separation anxiety and cant be left. The owners want to get back to work and they have destructive dogs, and dogs which can not even be left in crates.
Rescues have long lists of people waiting for dogs, and not many dogs are going in, why is this? Because they are being re-sold online for higher prices than they paid for the dog. So it has stopped rescue dogs.
Price of dogs has gone up. Their is a huge range and in-between on dog prices. Their is no right or wrong price how I look at it. It is what are you prepared to pay for the quality of the dog. If the dog has a poor pedigree, no health tests then your bonkers paying 4k for it. Surely you want the parents health tested as a minimum of priority. Buying a french bulldog from un health tested parents is like a loaded gun waiting to go off. At least with health tested parents you stand a great chance of having a healthier puppy.
Why are people paying 3k for doodles? Cross breeds with no health tests.! Okay we have a lot now who are doing health tests, and if you want a doodle go through the cockerpoo club websites. They have a code of ethics. Why am I saying this? Im not against all the doodles, I just wouldn't do it. A groomer would go out of business if they didnt accept doodles. Just buy wisely! I have had people who have brought a weimaraner off me that went and brought a labradoodle. Well guess what,!! its their choice and who am I to say what someone can and cant do. For me personally I love the pedigree dog, and the whole history of the pedigree dog and how it came about. How it was nurtured and protected during the world wars. It fascinates me that their were guardians of the breeds. It seems 202o however sure put paid to that with everything being crossed in pet homes to earn extra money. Each to their own. I value the pedigree dog and the dedication behind of all those breeders, and I wouldn't have the heart to ruin the years of creation in the past. If you think for 20 years breeders had dedicated themselves to creation of a breed, its a shame to do away with it in one fowl swoop by crossing the dog with another. What is one of the biggest issues with cross breeds? From what I can see its temperament.
Rescue dog prices has gone up also. The highest one I've seen recently advertised was £750. Where as others start at £450.
Some dog owners were spouting nothings gone up there fore dog prices shouldn't go up. I don't know what planet they live on as our prices have escalated. From the vet bedding to treats have gone up. Every single thing I buy online is higher priced and thats because we now have import taxes on products. I had a hobby of making collars and leads, which has become depressing with the import tax ive got to place now on the products. Im not seeing it, it will just pay the tax. But everything has gone up.
Did you know dog crates are in short supply?
Did you know that chicken in butchers is becoming short in supply? They cant grow enough at our local butcher and they are in short supply. Maybe the supply from Europe is slower, but that effects dog food too.
This now is the reality of Brexit why we are paying the high prices. Did we all know this was going to happen? I don't think anyone did.
Mrs Rachel Savage