I feel it is up to the responsible breeders to actually start to educate new people looking for a puppy. It has come to everyones attention this week through social media that their is many breeders of Hungarian Vizsla taking the opportunity of Covid 19 to scam puppy buyers. All my friends who breed and ourselves didnt have a litter during March to June because we were unsure what was around the corner.
Where social media is concerned I will admit Im on a very few select groups as many are enough to make my toes curl up on the comments given by so called experienced breeders.
Their are several reasons as to why people breed dogs. You have breeders like ourselves that show dogs, and plough money back into our dogs not sparing expense on health testing, chasing across the world bettering their blood lines and ensuring health is on the forefront. Then you have pet breeders which do not care what the dog looks like, so long as it has ginger legs, ginger body and it will do. Lets mate to that dog as its a cheap stud, churn out puppies and lets charge £2500-£3500 and Ive even seen this week £4000 a puppy. Are they council licensed NO! Do they adhere to defra guidance ? NO! Do they submit tax returns?NO! Do they health test to the optimum not minimum? NO! Do they care where they sell puppies? NO! Do they breed to the breed standard ? NO! One lady just told me that the stud dog thats prolific used is a known produced of VIP which is a dreadful disease in Vizsla so your paying all that money for a potential sick animal. STOP parting with your money.
Im going to make this plea to you if you are reading this looking for a puppy. The going rate for a Hungarian Vizsla puppy in the UK from health tested blood lines and show lines is £1200 to £1500 a puppy. Would I like to up my charges after reading what people are up too, yes! But the honesty part inside me won't. !!!!! We have far more dog expenses than these pet breeders. We are allowed to claim more tax relief on certain things because we do more than Pet breeders. The pet breeders aren't paying tax.
HMRC started looking into dog breeders in 2015 or 2017 I forget now the exact year, but this started a roller coaster because they suddenly realised hang on....dogs aren't £10 they are thousands of pounds, so why aren't we getting a tax return sent in by these breeders. So a national campaign started. They easily found show breeders on the radar, why? because we are in the forefront of dog breeding. Pet breeders not so easy to find. But now their are ways of catching the pet breeders too. So be warned if you are a pet breeder reading this, your days are numbered. Their is now several ladies on facebook who are reporting any breeder they come across. So advertise at your peril if you are not submitting a tax return. Its not what you've learnt, you have to prove from the day you bred you didnt earn income, plus if you did, then you will be given hefty fines.
When the law changed on dog breeding in 2018 it started in motion the hope that everyone would start to breed right for the welfare of their breeding dogs. We were all so happy to think this is the end of puppy farming!!!! Did it? No not really. A few paid for licenses and the rest decided they would hide under cover. In April 2020 when Lucy's law came out confirming that if you do breed to make an income then if you do not comply you would face a prison sentence of 6 months and a £20,000 fine.
So why are these breeders not complying ? The answer is because of you the buying public are parting with your money, not caring that these breeders are breaking the law. You alone are causing bad welfare amongst breeding animals because you dont walk away. For Gods sake lets get rid of puppy farming. Its cruel, its abhorrent, its disgusting.
Ive got sick to death of reading posts in the last three days of extorting puppy prices from poor breeding. It is down to you and you alone to check the breeder has a license. Ask to see a copy. Sadly we know of two breeders giving fake paper work, so contact their council to check if indeed they have a license.
Buy from Kennel club assured breeders as these breeders also will be under checks too. This is a separate thing to council licensed. Ive had three people in this last week who didnt realise the assured breeder scheme is not the same as council licensed.
Scams going online at the moment are pay a deposit of £500 and puppy never comes. Do not accept home delivery now. When Covid struck the only way a breeder could sell was to do home delivery and that was what the government said everyone must do. Now you are allowed to pick up your puppy. You are not allowed in the breeders home yet, but we are hopeful this will change over the coming months before our litter is due. Ask to see copies of the dogs health tests, if the breeder can not show you, the dogs not tested. Don't accept excuses, or you could end up at the vets for thousands.
Buy from responsible breeders who will give you advice, and keep in contact with you if you wish.
Be careful of forums on facebook. Sometimes people are giving advice who have only owned one dog, they are not experienced. Some are run by breeders who are charging im told the ridiculous prices, and I never knew this. They use the groups to sell their own dogs. Walk away now!
Wait wait wait....patience as you will get a good dog in the end.
Mrs Rachel Savage