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  1. I think rescue is great. But I think people need to BE FUSSY, not just on breed but on the characteristics of the dog itself. Be VERY FUSSY if there are existing pets, small children, particular lifestyle needs or not a lot of experience. It can go very bad very quickly if people are not fussy. Rescue also has the structural problem that people don’t want to face - of enabling the culture that says it’s fine to get a puppy, not train it, and dump it on a pound when it gets inconvenient because someone else will rescue it. Cause it’s all the breeders’ fault, right? Not the owners or the culture that would rather churn dogs through rescue then support responsible breeders whose dogs are much, much less likely to end up in rescue in the first place. That’s a quandary, we can’t ignore the dog in need because it enables the culture that put it in need. Of course we can’t. But we need to look beyond the immediate to see the full system at work. BE FUSSY in picking your breeder too. Whoever you get your dog/puppy from pick carefully, commit to meeting its needs, and that is what will remove the need for rescue. Not boycotting breeders.
  2. I’m a bit cynical about it all. From my perspective, the public allowed/demanded an increasingly onerous regulatory regime for dog breeding which by its very nature favours commercial breeding and drives out many of the small hobby breeders who did it out of interest more than for money, but found the new complicated bureaucratic world not worth the stress. Then the public complains about the entirely predictable rise in price, and shortages in popular breeds, and that they can’t afford or find puppies anymore, and calls the remaining breeders ‘greedy’, thus driving even more of the hobby breeders out because who needs the abuse. Of course it’s amplified by COVID demand, but the old saying ‘be careful what you ask for’ comes to mind.
  3. This has an outline, the basic structure is the same across Australia https://dogsqueensland.org.au/owners/showing-your-dog/ and this is dogs west https://www.dogswest.com/dogswest/Home.htm you start by entering an age class for your breed, male and female classes. If you win you go against the other class winners in your breed for best female/male, then best of breed. Then against other winners in your ‘group’, then all the group winners (there are 7 groups). Somewhere along the way you get knocked out- could be in the first class, could be at the very end. Sweepstakes are for a particular age group all in together, like all puppies or all veterans. No championship points in sweeps, they are an add on to a show. Ag shows here often have a dog section but I don’t think so in WA- you need local advice. you can show desexed dogs, same system and same shows but separate competition. Most shows have neuter entries here, not sure about WA. No specific age to retire. Considered a veteran at 7 I think but still can compete in ordinary classes. Championships aren’t won at a single show, but based on accumulated points, and for Supreme Best in group and best in show wins.
  4. Assuming you are in WA and you are talking about a Hav I’ll take a guess- but I have a large breed in a different state so might be off a bit. You’d need to join Dogs West, fees will be on their website and there are bound to be pensioner rates if you qualify. Entries $14 to $17 most shows, perhaps more for a few prestigious events like the Royal. Grooming table, trolley or crate (can often groom on top of a trolley/crate and skip the table), can be expensive but you might pick up one second hand. Almost all WA shows are at Southern River so not much travelling. Whatever brushes, leads, shampoos etc are used for Havanese, you’d need that advice from your breeder. Probably a dryer- but plenty make do with what they have at first. Gazebo for shade, folding chairs etc - but you might not need a whole set up with one small dog, someone might share their shade or there might be enough room undercover at the ground, need a WA person to answer that. I don’t know how many shows per year in WA, they should be on the Dogs West website. As for how many to attend that is entirely up to you. Some go at every opportunity, others pick and choose. Often a good idea to show a youngster a bit to get them used to to the environment, but after that it’s just down to how much you both enjoy it and your own goals. There are various point score/dog the year competitions. Dogzonline run a lot - although a bit interrupted/skewed by the COVID impacts in recent times. Handler dress runs the spectrum from mother of the bride to neat trousers and a nice top and jacket. Sensible shoes you can move out in, I use sketchers. It’s fine to compete in different disciplines, how common that is depends a lot on the breed but it’s personal choice. But at conformation shows there is usually only the show and perhaps sweepstakes, other disciplines have separate trials. Probably best to go and watch a show or two to get the local feel of it. Also bound to be some shows on YouTube. i should probably add- the main requirement is a mains registered dog from an ANKC breeder. Can’t show limited registration dogs.
  5. I think that’s a better outcome for the boy than staying at the puppy farm as a stud. Of course I don’t support commercial-scale intensive breeding but being taken away to sire pups from time to time is unlikely to do him any harm and he has a nice home to live and ‘retire’ in. I’d worry less about a male in that situation than a female who was taken back for a litter.
  6. ‘Breeders Terms’ arrangements have been around for decades, calling them guardian homes is newer. I think they are more common now. Some pure breed breeders use them too, it’s not just oodles.
  7. I assume cream whippets are ‘ee’ ‘recessive red’ or ‘recessive yellow’. It prevents expression of any black/blue/liver (eumelanin) pigment in the coat (but not in the nose or eyerims, although they can fade). And as you need a copy from both parents to express it can be carried for generations without being visible, then two carriers get mated and it pops up. And if you mate two ee together you only get cream (or parti-coloured/extreme white depending on the white spotting genes). Samoyeds are pretty much all ee, just with much paler ‘yellow’ (pheomelanin) pigment, and so are yellow Labradors and Swiss Shepherds. The ‘intensity’ modifiers make the pheomelanin a darker or lighter shade. Other genes do that lightening too but for most breeds it’s intensity - although they haven’t found them all yet I don’t think. if you scroll down this description of the extension series it has a good explanation of recessive red http://www.doggenetics.co.uk/masks.html The other way you get red/yellow is sable Ay as already mentioned. Most sables have some black/blue etc hairs somewhere, but if not it can be hard to tell a really ‘clear’ sable from a recessive red. But as I understand it recessive reds should always have white whiskers.
  8. It can be risky keeping your prices low when the market price is high, you create arbitrage opportunities. I wouldn’t have thought of this except a colleague in another state had a puppy she bred ‘flipped’ - bought at her normal price which was what she had sold them at for years, then sold on within a few weeks for a much higher price into a ‘hot’ Covid market. She found out by accident, and now doesn’t know where the pup is. Very upsetting. She thought she had checked out the buyers and it was a good home. But some people lie very well, and she now suspects they always intended to onsell. Not really a problem in my breed, our prices are still very reasonable. But another thing for breeders to watch out for.
  9. Borzoi have a reputation for having a quirky sense of humour. They don’t chase balls and such much, but they come up with behaviours that make their people laugh, and presumably amuse themselves too.
  10. I want to suggest Meander as a name, but only because Meander Valley is my favourite brand of double cream, . He’s gorgeous.
  11. One of my entire males is a target too. He’s never off leash away from my property or dog club and doesn’t go to off lead areas but even on lead he attracts hostile attention. It’s a bit sad as he has gone from being very social to hating loose dogs running towards him. He’ll stay entire as he is shown and will be bred from. But for your boy maybe desexing will help. I practice avoidance mostly.
  12. Mine won’t touch any of the pre-made patties. They aren’t really that fussy- they will eat raw I make, cooked I make, Prime 100 rolls and most kibble but they refuse to touch those patties. I don’t know if it is a texture thing or a flavour thing.
  13. Animal road transport companies are doing a roaring trade as the flight situation can be difficult. But some flights are still happening. You could try calling someone like Moorholme Pet Transport to see what’s possible.
  14. Dogzonline is a just a business and has no regulatory role. As for why the breeder rehomed the dog, it may not have acted like that with her/him (you said it doesn’t with you) and the previous home may not have disclosed the full picture. If you paid for the dog maybe some consumer protections may apply, or maybe something in your state dog breeder/welfare legislation. I assume you have had a full vet check for sources of pain? Growling when someone tries to help her up or she’s bumped sounds like it could be.
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