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  • Birthday 06/01/1959

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  1. I second the recommendation for a Bichon Frise - they are as smart as a poodle but you are less likely to strike one with a health problem. One is advertised here. Another breed that would suit you very well is the Havanese. The Havanese is another member of the Bichon family but because the coat is always brushed out it is more like a Maltese in ,looks except that the Havanese comes in a variety of colours. Breeders advertising they have puppies for sale can be found here. Edited to add that ha ha If I'm going to start a reply and then get distracted and come back a couple of hours later to finish it I really should ceach to see if other replies have been posted in the meantime! Glad to see the Havanese jumped to the minds of others as well!
  2. English Toy Terrier (black & Tan)

    1. What is my relationship with the breed? (ie breeder, first time owner etc) I own, occasionally show and do Earthdog with a gorgeous ETT! Although I have bred, trained and shown other breeds more more than half a century this is my first ETT. Fidget is now almost 3 years old. 2. Where and why was the breed first developed? The breed is a smaller version of the Old English Black and Tan Terrier ( a very old vermin hunting breed now extinct but the English Toy Terrier is a direct descendant.) In the 1800s in the UK the "sport" of rat pitting was very popular and one goal was to have the smallest possible dog killing the most of rats in the set time period. So the Old English Black and Tan Terriers were bred down to a smaller size. In 1848 a black and tan terrier weighing just 5 1⁄2 pounds (2.5 kg) named Tiny is recorded to have killed 300 rats in less than an hour. Rat pitting was outlawed in 1873 in the UK. Coincidentally the Kennel Club of England was formed in the same year and its very first show has a respectable entry of Black and Tan Terriers both in the Standard and Miniature varieties. By 1900, however, the standard size Black and Tan Terrier was seldom if ever seen. However, a new breed, developed by crossing the Whippet with the Black and Tan Terrier had become well established by then and was known as the Manchester Terrier. In the 1920's the Kennel Club decided that the Black and Tan Terrier was no more and listed two new breeds in lieu: The Manchester Terrier and the Black and Tan Terrier (Miniature). In 1962 the name of the latter breed was changed to the current English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan). 3. How common is it in Australia? Rare. Early this century, the UK Kennel Club declared the breed at risk of extinction and opened the stud book to allow the toy variety of the US/Canadian Manchester Terrier to be re-registered in the UK as an English Toy Terrier(Black and Tan) in order to widen the gene pool. (The US briefly recognised the Toy Manchester Terrier as a separate breed from the Manchester Terrier from 1938 to 1958 but before and after that date considered them two varieties of the same breed.) Australia has followed suit and also currently permits US and Canadian toy variety Manchester Terriers (or sperm) to be re-registered with the ANKC as English Toy Terriers (Black and Tan). So some lines are direct descendants of the extinct Black and Tan Terrier and some are not (which does create some controversy amongst breed adherents both in the UK and in Australia). 6. How much daily exercise is needed for the average adult? Being a tiny breed, not a great deal of physical exercise is needed. Most would get enough daily exercise in a small courtyard as they are a very lively breed and keep themselves fit. However, at least one daily walk is needed for mental health or boredom might lead to yapping. As they are a very intelligent little dog they do need quite a lot of mental enrichment. 7. Is it a breed that a first time dog owner could easily cope with? Yes, provided that they learned about and provided sufficient mental enrichment to avoid creating a boredom yapper. 8. Can solo dogs of this breed easily occupy themselves for long periods? Mine has always had other dogs or cats as company. I suspect the answer to this question should be no, not easily. However. if enough mental enrichment is provided and/or a large enough area to safely explore there is not likely to be any problem behaviour. 9. How much grooming is required? Very little. The major part of grooming consists of keeping an eye on nail length and dental cleanliness. Coat is single and smooth - in fact many of them can be too thinly coated and bare throats are not unusual in this breed. 10. Is it too boisterous for very small children or for infirm people (unless the dog is well trained)? Certainly it can be a tripping hazard for infirm people. Even if untrained and boisterous it isn't heavy enough to knock over a small child - however the risk to the dog of being severely injured if a small child falls over on top of it, or picks it up and drops it is quite high. 11. Are there any common hereditary problems a puppy buyer should be aware of? combined with 12. When buying a puppy, what are the things you should ask of the breeder? (eg what health tests have been done (if applicable) and what is an acceptable result to those tests so the buyer has an idea of what the result should be) As far as I am aware none of the breeders in Australia currently do the screening tests as recommended by the UK breed club. According the breed club in the UK, breeding dogs and bitches should be DNA screened (or clear by parentage where appropriate) for the following conditions: Von Willebrands Disease Type 1 Juvenile Dilated Cardiomyopathy Xanthinuria Breeding stock should also be screened for Patella Luxation. Ideally both parents should be screened as clear but if the other parent is clear than the mildest level of LP then the breeding is sanctioned. Breeding stock should also be BAER tested for hereditary deafness and should only be bred from if unaffected. Additionally the breed club lists the following conditions to be aware of, where no screening methods are available: Heat Stress Demodectic Mange Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Eye Conditions - Various different conditions of the eye that can present themselves at different stages of life. The include glaucoma and primary lens luxation. Cataracts are also found within the breed, but these usually do not become apparent until maturity.
  3. Who has seen the Ozzy Man's revamp of this video on You Tube with his own crazy commentary added? I DID splurk my coffee! Not at all disrespectful (for a change LOL) but so funny as it is commentary by someone who freely admits they have zero knowledge of agility or indeed any dog sport. If you've seen the original Best in Show movie it reminded me very much of the clueless and drunk commentator in that movie.
  4. Anti-grain-free making headlines

    Our media here has been far too full of information about diet induced mesophagy in dogs too fit in reports of any early studies about diet induced DCM, methinks. (not sure if I have spelled that correctly).
  5. Anti-grain-free making headlines

    I am severely disappointed with the thrust of that article. Firstly in lumping any and every brand of grain-free kibble into the same basket, which Blind Freddy can see is just as asinine as lumping any and every brand of kibble that contains any grain at all into the same basket and secondly for the assumption that the majority of grain free kibble purchasers feed grain free kibble as 100% of their dog's diet. Also I would challenge his insinuation that most of the dog owners that purchase grain-free kibble as part of their dog's diet do so because they are blindly following a fad. That is drawing far too long a bow. I agree on the point he quoted that far more clinically identified allergens are found to be meat protein than grains but he doesn't seem to have noticed the increasing body of evidence that many of the allergy symptoms disappear when foods containing high amounts of grain are removed from the diet of dogs have been later clinically identified as allergic to a meat protein. I wonder if this has contributed to the "myth" that grain free kibbles are anti allergenic? ( I do not claim that they are on the whole, although I can think of several reasons why reducing the grain quantity in a diet could reduce allergy symptoms in a meat protein allergic dog.) I could go on with other example of how poorly the subject has been researched and presented by the author but frankly I can't be bothered. Thanks for sharing @sandgrubber both because it is generally a good idea to fins ways to stimulate discussion and thought on canine diet and also it has enabled me to identify a reporter to ignore in future.
  6. MDBA and Dogs NSW puppies

    You are correct @asal except of course any ANKC main registered bitch (be it owned by a DogsNSW member or a DogsVic member or a DogsSA member etc.etc.) is allowed with any ANKC main registered dog of the same breed (excepting inbreedings) no matter which state affiliate the stud owner has membership with (sorry about the grammar, can't seem to fix it). And I also forgot to say in my original answer that not only do the dog and bitch have to be on ANKC main register they also have to be of the same breed! (except in very rare pre-approved instances).
  7. MDBA and Dogs NSW puppies

    You can't get ANKC registration unless (a) both parents are on ANKC main register and (b) you are a registered breeder with your states ANKC affiliate. (and are the registered owner of the bitch. MDBA is a completely different story - you would have to ask them. They will most likely happily re- register the stud dog on their own register for enough money but first make sure that the stud owner is willing to forgo ANKC state affiliate membership.
  8. A new girl at Myrtle Street - Sooty

    Loving the photos! Getting closer and closer to adoptable! Or is she a permanent addition?
  9. @stellnme We have been with RN from almost the beginning but still use PR as well. RN has a much higher ethical base than PR, so you do need to be a registered charity to be accepted on there, plus a lot of other high ethical markers which is good because dodgy ones don't apply. Rescue Network isn't a direct competitor of PetRescue because of those higher standards, Which leaves all of the little one-man bands (most of which do sterling work and many of which do not have fb or web pages of their own) and council pounds (not to mention any dodgy rescues) with not much alternative, to Petrescue sadly. So a heap of alternatives have sprung up to cover those but, as yet, none have distinguished themselves. Our rescue, being registered as a charity Australia wide has already been approached by and absorbed three separate long standing rescues which were not registered charities and I have to say that some of our best and most experienced admins and foster carers have come from those absorbed rescues. So small rescues sharing similar ethics can always band together to become a registered charity or join an existing registered charity and become eligible for Rescue Network in that way
  10. Thanks for that @Powerlegs. Why am I not surprised? Sigh.
  11. Oh I'm gobsmacked at their generosity - our groups can get direct donations for a whole week! Woo-hoo!. (insert sarcasm emoticon here). And am I being cynical here or do any donations processed via Shout for Good have the contact details captured and onsold to marketers? Or does ANZ profit instead by being a holding site for potentially tens of thousands of dollars in transit?
  12. Puppy rash near belly button area?

    Looks scar like to me as well. Did she have a hernia removed? Her breeder will know. And I've never seen a "border retriever" so I googled it and found it is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Border Collie - is that right? What it the purpose of that cross? Google didn't say.
  13. A new girl at Myrtle Street - Sooty

    Go Sooty! What wonderful updates!
  14. Look at this guy go!

    Thanks for that info, dogsfevr I wasn't aware of that! Being sensible is spreading all over the world! I couldn't get your canine partners link to work but I found all the info Here