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JRG

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  1. I agree with Rebanne, go for something pronounceable - short is also good because as well as avoiding the prefixes of every other breeder, you need to remember that the maximum field available when registering pups is 32 spaces, so if you have a long prefix you restrict the spaces available to you for pup names.
  2. I take it that are meeting the breeder at their property? If so, have a good look round at the actual place the pup is living in, look at their adult digs (not just the puppies) and when I say look, I mean LOOK. Ask yourself “are these dogs what I want in my life”?. because your baby will only be a baby for a few months and you will be living with the adult for years! i breed dogs myself and am amazed at the number of people who are so magnetised by the pups that they do not give the adults a second glance and please read the paperwork, don’t just sign with one eye on your new baby. Have a wonderful visit and enjoy your new baby. All pics gratefully received - a new Pom , how exciting.
  3. Depends why you are doing it. If you expect your pup to come back to you fully trained, you are destined to be disappointed for the reasons stated above. But if you just think that a few weeks of discipline will do puppy good, then go for it! A long time ago, I sent a spaniel to live with a Game Keeper for a few months, (I was working in Scotland at the time); the experience did her the world of good and she subsequently became an excellent gun dog in spite of me!
  4. In one litter, I had a pup with a kinked tail and there is no history of that in my lines. It was interesting because you could tell where the tail and back legs had developed in the embryo because of the markings and in this case, the tail had developed wrapped round the right rear leg.
  5. Agreed. Tail deformity can occur (developmentally) in any breed. It also depends on what you mean by a “curly tail”. as an aside - does anyone know if Bull Terrier tails were ever docked?
  6. Ah, there’s the rub. If it is registered, you are not supposed to sell it without it’s papers! also, there are regulations that make the breeder obliged to register ALL the pups in a litter at the same time. There are “road blocks” at almost every corner put there by the Kennel Club, the Government, PETA or the RSPCA
  7. FCR 4. If you are not happy with the responses then I suggest that you go out and get yourself some well bred brood bitches and have a go yourself. Then in a few years time, you will be able to let us all know how much each pup has cost you to produce. We are would all be interested to see some good objective research. Let’s face ir, even the Taxman will not accept that dog breeding (except on a large scale) can be a profitable business.
  8. I do not know how you have got that impression because Orivet test all breeds for breed specific problems as well as general parentage issues.
  9. I guess it comes down to whether you factor in the cost of looking after a number of dogs 24/7/365 i agree that in the short term I make a profit, in the long term I never come close! so, how far should the general public expect me to subsidise their purchase?
  10. I think you can also still import dogs that have been legally docked in their home country
  11. I see the biggest problem is who writes the standards, and who is interpreting that standard? People with different interests will put stress on different features/capabilities.
  12. I agree. Once the puppy is paid for and out of the gate the breeder has lost all effective control no matter which register it is listed on. People who think otherwise are fooling themselves
  13. I have seen this too. I think it was in an article about designing children’s play areas.
  14. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I am old enough to have been a breeder in the “olden days”. my pups still leave here on the main register because I am proud of them. They are and always have been , working dogs. They still look the same as they always have looked (no long coats and floppy ears etc). They have done my kennel proud as sniffing dogs all over the world. Do you think Dogs Vic or Dogs NSW cares? They do not even acknowledge us when our animals appear in the media etc. So why am I still a member? Because I believe in the Stud Book/Register which should be a record for all dog owners to see the history of their breed and the place of their dog in that history.
  15. Rural/forest here as well .We have a well fenced yard and still get kangaroos etc eating the front lawn/garden area. My dogs never get out of the house yard until we have “scouted” the area and unless someone is with them to keep them under control. Electronic collars etc are not an alternative to training
  16. Interest discussion. I have always found that three is the most unstable number of house dogs I have had. Maybe it is because two get on as friends and that makes one an outsider and fair game for the others. Maybe it is because the boss feels her position threatened. ( notice I refer to the boss as female because in the spaniel world the girls are always at the top! I don’t know anything about the Shepard hierarchy, but you will soon find out!)
  17. I think that not only do they need to be current members of DogsNSW (or equivalent State body) but also have been a member for a period of time not just joining to register a litter. Do you know someone who is a DogsNSW member? If so, they would be able to look at the A.N.K.C. **database to see what registration your breeder and the parents of this pup have. Alternatively you can aiways ring the DogsNSW office. ** not ANKC anymore they changed their name just before Christmas!
  18. The Code of Practice in Victoria applies to all breeders and is supposed to be law so get in touch with the appropriate government department and ask them for advice. As far as I recall, you are entitled to (at least) partial refund if the dog is under three years old. However, if you go this route be aware that you might have to give the dog back.
  19. I like Mareka Ley at Caroline Springs Veterinary Hospital. (8390 2266) Mareka is also a qualified chiropractor.
  20. I sent a few pups from Vic to New South Wales with Dogtainers- very good service. I got the pups met at Yass so that the new owners did not have to go into metropolitan Sydney. They stop at other places too.
  21. Depends why he is crying. Equally, a pup that stands back might not be very sociable so it all depends what you are looking for. I would wait until they are at least 7+ weeks old before I choose.
  22. No. That is one of the advantages of a crate, you are teaching him that crate=bed and security. You can move it wherever suits you and he will still think of it as his bed and safe haven. you can move the crate a bit at a time so that he gradually becomes used to a new position. Dogs who are properly crate trained look upon their crates as refuges and choose to lie in them when they want to relax. Get one big enough to accommodate his sleepy time toys and leave them in there so that he knows where to find them when he is tired. have to second the others —. He is very Cute!
  23. I agree with the above - no point in getting all uptight, we have all reared Singleton pups with or without a Mum. it takes a lot of organisation and forethought, but it can be done. Cheryl A- please feel free to PM me if you want a bit of support or tips for surviving. It will be a hectic few weeks but very rewarding.
  24. I have a litter at the moment who are almost this age. They have a bed area + a play area adjacent. They already know not to soil the bed area. (Mum can come and go a few ties a day). If it was a single pup I too would favour a Snuggle Safe and definitely a roof over the whole thing as babies can have great talent at escaping when you are not supervising. They are not really into toys yet, but spend the time exploring. They seem to be particularly interested in the boundaries!!!
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