Lots for me to talk about on our blog this week.
Brooklyn is in season finally. She kept us to the last week in May, which was 8 months since her last season but she is in. Thank goodness for that. As lots of people are waiting for one of her puppies and if she has enough and girls, we are keeping one ourselves. As we are retiring two females this year.
So what do you need to do next if you are waiting. Watch the available page, and once I’ve mated her, come forward if you are waiting for a puppy. Text me only on 07584279384. But do not until you have seen she has been mated. I will be ready then to sort out the waiting list properly.
30 days from mating we hopefully will get her scanned so long as my lady will do it due to covid, I’m not sure. This will give us a good indication on numbers of puppies then.
Next info is Sabrina the Pug is in season and being mated in the next few days. Bruce is going to be the daddy to the puppies this time. All health tests have been stopped at vets. But we managed to get two done this week which is Hemivertebra spinal X-ray, and patellar, and I am pleased to report she is free from HV and patellas are 0:0.
The biggest thing for me to try and explain is the scammers who are out there, then poor breeders who are out there. It is all up to you and only you but you need to walk away and be patient. Having a poorly bred dog means a lifetime with a sick dog, a lifetime of vet bills running into the thousands, pups left mothers too young will have behavioural issues later. Please please listen to me. I know you want a puppy and want it now, but if you feed these terrible breeders money you will either loose your money or you will just keep these people going.
Ive now heard 7 scams where people have been so desperate for puppies they have parted with their money to advertisers on certain websites, and the puppies have not come. Police notified but most responses have been, due to covid we cant look into it. Some have done and got crime numbers, but its finding the people, as they give fake numbers, fake addresses.
Ive now heard how puppy prices have gone off the scale, and because of demand Vizsla puppies are now £3000, Frenchies £5000 and Cockerpoos £3000, Golden retrievers £3800 and so on. Someone local to me has been bragging they are selling their bulldog pups for £6000 a puppy and he doesnt have a license. These are highly inflated prices. This doesnt mean you will get a well bred dog by parting with £3000! Far from it, you are falling to scammers. I saw one Vizsla online a puppy, sweet, yes! But oh my goodness the body shape so poor, eyes looked strained which suggests to me a health issue either immune or intolerance. So you can part with your good earned money but it doesnt mean you will get what you wanted. You may seem satisfied for a few days but when the bills roll in, you will wish you had waited.
Now welfare is the other issue. The breeding bitch should not be mated until 2 years of age. She should have no more than 1-4 litters in her lifetime as per defra and breed clubs rules. We take the view that each bitch should be taken on how each litter is. Some bitches are excellent mothers, and some are not. Is it fair to force a dog to do something it hates? NO.! Some produce milk, and some dont. So if they dont is it fair to go through it again? No! We should be kind to our animals, welfare is everything. Puppies are also healthier if mothers are well looked after.
But what’s come to my attention this week is a breeder, female, and I know the area is selling puppies. The bitch is 3 and is on its 3rd litter. Another a bitch had a litter six months ago, is having another now, and in six months will have another. She doesn’t want to register this litter with kennel club as she wants to register next time. This is dreadful unkind way of breeding a dog. By law we arent allowed to breed every season, which suggests she cant have a license to breed. The kennel club wont register a litter if a bitch has had a litter with in 12 months. So she is doing it to avoid tax maybe, and over breed the poor dog. WALK AWAY! The more you buy from these breeders the more these poor dogs are put through puppy farming. Kept in poor conditions, breaking breeding laws in the UK. SO WALK AWAY! If you as the buying public dont part with your money these ladies will go out of business. Its not up to the government to catch and fine them, its your responsibility to not part with your money. Remember just because you see their house doesnt mean the dogs arent kept out the back in disgusting conditions. WALK AWAY! If you suspect anything odd.
Another one is pet breeders. We are only having the one litter so we are not a breeder. What a load of tosh. Anyone who breeds once is a breeder. This doesn’t excuse health tests not done, or poor welfare. Plus if they say this you can guarantee they are going to do it again. This is a sales pitch, but they are tax avoiders. WALK AWAY! Did you know that to sell a single puppy a breeder requires a license? Their is no such thing any more as pet breeder, hobby breeder. They use these terms to avoid tax, avoid licenses. They can have a litter and not take money for them, then they dont require the license. Help all of us better animal welfare, help us stop these poor breeding practises. If you think some of them earn 10K a litter, and dont pay tax, is that fair? If say my husband went and fitted a kitchen for someone and said to himself I want 10K but i wont declare it, you would be furious. (I ADD HE DOESNT) but this is just the same. All jobs we are required to submit a tax return. Dog breeders have to be self employed. Submit a tax return even if we make a loss. So do the right thing, check! Oh but they seem so nice. Wake up dont be scammed.
Am I moaning yes! I want you to know their is more than just having a puppy going on. We need to promote good ethics in breeding. Please check the breeder is licensed, ideally an assured breeder. Do they show their dogs ? As show folk breed better quality pets, with out a doubt. Also we are all in the front line for new health tests coming along.
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