Today I looked for the first time in a long while at puppy adverts.
I was pretty shocked how people advertise their puppies. Champion parents, so I looked at it, and parents weren't champion. There was a champion somewhere in the five gen pedigree.
Our pet bitch has had a litter and I looked at many of those and the poor little puppies, were obviously poor quality. So why are pet litters not something Id go for?
Generally poorer quality in puppy and when they grow they wont have the adequate bone.
Owners have no. idea how to give advice and just get owners to ring other breeders.
Ive had people ring me because their breeder has recommended my site (eyes roll). Dont buy from them then.
They do not do the health tests or very little health testing.
They do not declare to HMRC the income from that litter. So why is that important? Well if I said to you they earn probably 10 to 20k think about it. You're probably working hard in your job to keep. your family going and your paying tax, so why aren't they! They should be.
They aren't licensed or an assured breeder, so no checks are done to make sure they are giving the adequate welfare to their dogs.
The government in 2019 stated if you breed three litters a year you do not have to have a license, so pet breeders read this and think they can get away with it. But the next paragraph states if you sell one you are required to be licensed. It goes on to say if you have three litters you have to prove you havent sold them. How many adverts have you seen which are £0 ? NONE! So why did defra put that info in? It is because small breeds of dog like the Pomeranian has 1 puppy in a litter. With the stud fee, feeding and expenses of c section the breeder is not making money. So they allow for these types of breeds. But not our breeds of Bracco or Vizsla they are dogs which have medium to large size litters. So every breeder of these dogs should be licensed. I know many many that aren't licensed from reading their adverts.
None of these pet breeders are doing it legally. So please stop financing them.
Oh but they have gone to a good dog?! Really have you seen these so good dogs online. They are not good dogs and some carry genetic health issues being held at stud. Passed onto their offspring. Do you really want to give your puppy the worst start in life, and end up with big bills?
They may be kept in a small pen all day and all night whilst owners are at work full time. Who's looking after them? No-one. Then you have puppies with behavioural issues because the puppies have been left to run amok.
Remember you get what you pay for! Cheap puppies is cheap for a reason. To do everything correctly costs thousands in animal welfare not a few hundred quid.
Choose wisely as your puppy could end up dead after a few years, or it could cost you thousands in vet bills with still same outcome. Go to established breeders with great reputations as we all know how to breed by avoidance, use health tests as a guide.
Mrs Rachel Savage