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The Spotted Devil

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    Animal Welfare Scientist/Cat and Dog Behaviourist.

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  1. Yes I think you've nailed it on all levels. My foundation bitch was from Wrangham. They are the most fun dogs but they have their challenges like any breed. That said, my older girls have THE best recalls which is nothing more than smart training. My 8 month old is, shall we say, a work in progress
  2. Given that some LUA lines seem to have a higher incidence of deafness - which can’t be genetically tested - I’d be cautious too. My Dally is 15.5 and avoiding a high purine diet hasn’t been an issue. One of the cheapest dogs, health wise, that I’ve ever had.
  3. A well bred Dalmatian will trot and trot forever and should have a lovely temperament. As much as I’d prefer LUA there is just not enough genetics around to throw the baby out with the bath water. There are other considerations as well. Be warned. They shed twice a year. 6 months in the Spring and 6 months in the Autumn.
  4. It's going to be different for everyone. I breed working line dogs which can't be shown so MR is only useful if they are going to be bred. All my pups are sold on LR with the understanding that if the dog turns out well I am more than happy to upgrade to MR. The vast majority of my pups are NOT desexed and I catch up with nearly all the owners regularly - if not in person, then at least via FB/phone. And why LR? Because the people who just want a breeding machine and not a companion don't bother replying to my emails.
  5. As a registered breeder I am very particular about replying to enquiries. However it may take me several weeks. We both work full time, I compete in dog sports with 2 dogs and I have an old dog and a puppy, both of which require a massive time commitment. I’m the President of a dog club and organise 5 trials a year plus support the admin of 5 others. I’m a member of 3 other clubs and I take classes in one, support trials in two and help fundraise in another. Breeding is not all I do. And yes, I provide a LOT of information on my website but it’s clear that 90% of people don’t read it. So it’s hard work sorting the wheat from the chaff.
  6. No issue with the spinal nerves? Ziggy is 15 now and that causes him to need to toilet more frequently. He's treated with fortnightly acupuncture and laser therapy, monthly Synovan injection, twice daily gabapentin and nightly Galliprant.
  7. I always am up front about pricing. But yes, in the context of a conversation or email. Not “how much for a female puppy?”
  8. Whilst I tend to agree with you with regards to the extreme price increases, I (and many others) have been seriously undercharging for a long time. In addition, breeding is more than one litter. This time I’ve been very fortunate with a large litter and healthy mum. However it’s balanced out by the costs of every other litter - 3 puppies to sell - one required corrective eye surgery at 6 weeks (not genetic) which was more than my puppy price; 5 live pups, 2 deceased - 1 euthanised at 4 weeks (congenital megaoesophagus); 7 pups - emergency c-section and 10 days later Ginny developed gangrenous mastitis which can kill a bitch in hours. Daily vet visits and antibiotics until it could be lanced and drained of putrid pus. Then the necrotic tissue was surgically removed 6 months later. I hip and elbow score my bitches too. Not cheap given it requires a GA. You were lucky @Rascalmyshadowwhich I’m very happy about. But breed long enough and you’ll experience every disaster in the book at some point.
  9. At the end of the day “contracts” aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. Possession is 9/10ths of the law so I make sure I have strong relationships with my puppy people. It’s actually more effective than scaring someone with legal stuff. I have a girl going on breeders terms from this litter - they already have a puppy from me and I’ve told them their friendship means more to me than a litter. They will own the bitch (no charge) but the pedigree papers will be in my name. We may have one or more litters. The girl can come to me when in season or for breeding or stay with them. We will maintain open communication throughout and if they change their mind that’s ok. Costs will be for ongoing discussion, depending on expenses incurred, time put in, puppies born etc. We share the same values and love for our dogs which is more important than anything. These are people who sent me a package of freshly shorn lambs wool as a novel scent and texture for the pups
  10. @Kirislin the masking gene is cool - really messes things up. In ESS, black is dominant and liver is recessive. Pretty simple stuff. But then you have tri-colour which gives the tan points that my Luna has. Her dad was a tri-colour but I didn’t realise Ginny carried tri….we ended up with 5 tri-coloured out of 7!!! The sire of this litter carries tri and we’ve ended up with 3 out of 10. But what’s cool is that the sire’s mother is genetically a tri-colour but also has the masking gene so looks liver and white! Which explains why tri-colour can disappear for generations!
  11. Or an emergency c-section or a myriad of other things than can go wrong… gangrenous mastitis, puppy requiring x-ray, surgery, small litter. All things that stem from bad luck and that set you back thousands of dollars.
  12. Just saw this on FB....not blaming the new puppy owner at all but how do you think this is going to end up.....? The poor Mum being expected to feed the pup on her own at 4.5 weeks! My lot start on solids ASAP, 3 to 3.5 weeks and Mum weans them when she's good and ready. There's a hell of a lot more to breeding than producing cute puppies. I like both these breeds but the combination makes me shudder, particularly without that critical socialisation with litter mates and mum.
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