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  1. There are things the breeder didn’t do that would not sit well with me. Not providing diet, husbandry and breed info is not good. But your level of emotion seems to only partially be about the breeder, and I doubt complaining to Dogs Qld would get too far if the puppy is healthy, chipped and vaccinated, and paperwork may be on the way. Still, you could always phone them to discuss your concerns as you feel so strongly, and check the litter has been registered. If your husband found the ad on Dogzonline, which is the site that makes this forum possible, the breeder is registered with their
  2. Have you spoken to the breeder and asked about the papers? I don’t really understand the assumptions you are making about the pup being unregistered (assuming it is pure bred and not a designer cross) as sometimes registration papers aren’t available immediately and follow on. I am assuming it is a toy breed for you to think it is too young to leave home, as in many breeds 9 weeks would not be at all unusual. Did the pup come with a diet sheet, breed info and such? If not your concerns may well be valid. But I think I would start by calling the breeder, in a constructive spirit, to find out i
  3. I’d probably look at Ridgebacks, the ones I have known haven’t been hard to train but I am a hound person so might have different expectations. You do need to pick a breeder whose dogs’ temperament you like, a few in the ring here are atypically nervy. I’ve also known Weimaraners that were more protective than most gun dogs without being over the top, but they are a very active breed. I love Dobes but have heard concerning things about longevity and health.
  4. Some behaviouralists do video consults, so I wouldn’t dismiss that option. If they are on fb there is a group called something like anxious dogs australia which has lists of certified professionals and knows who does remote consults. I wouldn’t dismiss medication in the short term either - if they pair it with behaviour modification it is just a transitional tool to get the dog’s brain to a place where it can learn new responses. Fearful dogs don’t learn well.
  5. Diva

    Advice please

    Yes, returning him to you would have been the best thing. But I can put myself in their shoes too - if he was in great pain, and their vet told them the kindest thing was to euthanise, and raised doubts about future quality of life? Maybe cast doubts on the accuracy of your prognosis, and forecast a much more difficult and painful life than you told them was likely? Most people would listen to their vet over someone who says they are not even a breeder, but just had an accidental litter. I know that sounds harsh, and its just speculation, but it is not hard to see how it could play out.
  6. Diva

    Advice please

    If their vet advised euthanasia and they can supply proof I doubt you have any recourse except to refund the purchase price. You sold an unwell/special needs puppy and you have nothing in writing, or so it sounds, to show that you did so with full disclosure and they accepted the risk. You might even be in breach of animal welfare laws for selling a sick animal. I would ask for their vet to confirm their story but if they acted on vet advice and take you to a small claims court, I would expect them to win.
  7. Are you suggesting there is a big increase chance of cancer because the dog will have reached three before being neutered? A minor increased risk of mammary cancer probably, but possibly a reduced risk of other diseases- desexing has pros and cons health wise and what they are varies by breed as well as age. There are a few research studies around but generally I’d just say that having reached three entire would probably encourage rather than deter me. Just desex her when you get her. I would be more cautious about her socialisation history and behaviour. As a pug x she possibly comes from a
  8. The sires I have wanted to use have been overseas so I have imported semen and used ai for both my litters. I will do so again without the slightest compunction. The access to genetic material that would otherwise be unavailable is invaluable and I find it much less stressful than importing a living dog which might suffer distress in flight or quarantine. I am now contemplating a natural mating but if I didn’t have easy access to that particular male I would be doing ai with frozen again most likely. If that means I am making it ‘routine’ I am more than happy with my decisions. I don’t ha
  9. Yeah I imagine the staff couldn’t stop him entering - short of physical restraint and risking harm themselves how can they stop someone who just ignores them? My local Woolworths can’t stop the guy who wanders around the store occasionally with his off lead big dog, spiked collar, scars, filthy dirty and all. Unless they want to risk assault all the staff can do is call police. He’s long gone by then.
  10. No, I doubt it puts anyone off. GST isn’t a threat even if you are a business. It’s just a little more paperwork as far as I am concerned. I have non-dog related businesses that are registered for GST purposes that I do the returns for and I class it as mildly annoying but that’s all. Also, you only have to be registered for GST if you have a revenue over $75,000 per year from that business (might be a bit off but it is about that). I’d never make that from breeding at the hobby scale I do it. Now income tax might put people of, but you have to have some expectation of
  11. You could try kcr pet transport, these are difficult times for flying pets with the flight reductions but I hear they are good.
  12. She should get a prefix before breeding any girl, not the the other way around. Technically I think it’s before whelping, but given it can take a while I would do it before mating. The dog used doesn’t have to be owned by another registered breeder. However, it does need to be mains registered and owned by a financial member of one of the state ANKC affiliates. She can own both. I have just read the become a breeder page and it doesn’t suggest otherwise. To own a male and let him be used at stud you need to be a financial member and the dog on mains. For some breeds there are mandatory heal
  13. My big question mark is the weather. I find puppies usually fly well, but heat is a major risk. Dogs have died flying in summer - mostly from the amount of time waiting around on ground and the conditions in which they wait. I would only do a crack of dawn direct flight, and even then probably wouldn’t this time of year. If you do, have a plan b and be prepared to cancel and reschedule if it looks dangerous or you strike a heatwave.
  14. Not the same in my breed I don’t think. More consistency, much fewer non registered breeders. There always has been some variation because of the way the breed was developed in its country of origin- large hunting estates spread over a large country, variations in topography, mix of prey etc and there still is. Not a cookie cutter breed. But I could pull some of the dogs I see in hundred year old + photos and take them into the ring or field today by and large (setting temperament & grooming aside). Of course we are numerically less popular than ESS, that makes a difference who gets in
  15. Looks like a bit of housekeeping to let people know the ANKC process for acceptance are concluded. At least some of those breeds have been here a while, I last showed 2019 and the y. laikas were at the ground but I think not shown. I am tempted by the Cirneco (but don’t need another breed!).
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