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  1. I had a look at the website. It’s beautiful and has some impressive photos but I was concerned by some gaps. It claims that they’re breeding for a purpose rather than breeding designer dogs, but I couldn’t find any clear statement of that purpose. It also claims that “We are experienced in dog breeding, genetics and have the highest standards when it comes to health and temperament, as well as comprehensive DNA testing and hip and elbow x-raying all dogs used for breeding.” Despite the claimed experience in genetics, the site talks a great deal about the temperament and abiliti
  2. I agree with Scratch. I’d also add leash-free backyard games and independent exploration of the backyard if possible. Leash-free exploration lets him choose his own pace and direction, which is good for development of muscle and coordination. Games are good for mental and physical development and will make him more attuned to you. Hide and seek games are excellent. Hide a toy or part of his dinner in the backyard and send him to “go find”. Substitute backyard activities for much of his formal walks until you have addressed the pulling issue. He shouldn’t be given too many opportunities to rehe
  3. Yes, I was surprised to see the Bolognese on the list because. I thought I’d seen them on show catalogues. I’ve checked the site again and it is the Australian National Kennel Council FaceBook page. The notification was posted by Tracey Barry.
  4. I just noticed this on the ANKC FaceBook page: “Please note the following FCI recognised breeds have been added to the ANKC business system and their breed standards are available from our website. Yakutian Laika Cirneco DellÉtna Tornjak Bolognese Beauceron (Berger de Beauce)” I’m curious. Does this mean that applications have been lodged by people wanting to import these breeds?
  5. Definitely. I have no wish to own a Merle dog but I find the science of coat colour very interesting. I’d heard of cryptic Merle’s but the one “cryptic Merle” I’ve seen was actually much more like the M81m (M32) dog, but with Irish spotting superimposed. I I think (hope!) most ANKC breeders are aware of the risks of Merle-to-Merle breeding. I’ve never seen an obviously double-Merle purebred dog. I’ve seen a few farm-style short-coated collies or koolies with markings that made me wonder, and I’ve also seen an almost-certain double Merle “pig-dog” type dog on the back of a truck; it
  6. This is a fascinating explanation of different expressions of the Merle gene. http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/on-biology/2018/08/03/the-genetics-of-merle-coat-patterns-in-dogs/
  7. I was able to see full text and supplementary data by clicking on the Present Study Referenced link at the bottom of the original post.
  8. There are several adult German Shepherds available from kennels on the Dogzonline German Shepherd breed pages at the moment. An adult dog might be a safer bet than a puppy for a few of the breeds you’ve mentioned, including GSDs. I’ve owned several lovely GSDs but when I was training my last GSD I saw some highly overexcitable GSDs come to the GSD club for training.
  9. Be ready to line up for puppy in group. That’s where I found the catalogue most helpful - I checked the numbers in the breeds later in the group, so I knew whether I had time for a coffee break and when to take my dog for a toilet break.
  10. Chase looks wonderful. I’m sure you’ll do brilliantly.
  11. Wishing you good luck and good fun. is it the Dogs Qld show.? If so, there are five Airedale’s in your Group before the American Staffordshire Terriers. My girl was always early in her group - often the first breed - so I know how much it helps if you can arrive early and have everything set up in plenty of time. Have you downloaded the catalogue?
  12. Finding the right breeder is even more important than finding the right breed. Both breeds cover the spectrum from active to very, very active, depending in part on the breeders’ goals - show, sheepdog or gundog work, agility or other dog sports. Both BCs and labs should have enough energy to work all day, balanced by an “off-switch” for the quiet days. I’ve owned 3 young BCs plus 2 I took on in their senior years. They were all active dogs that needs mental stimulation, but they got much of their physical and mental exercise from participating in family activities. They all had pi
  13. Here’s one more thing to consider: Who is responsible for costs if the puppy develops parvovirus or another infection after you take it home? An initial vet check might not pick up an incubating infection.
  14. The current shortage of small dogs may not continue. In fact, I worry that a lot of dogs will need to be rehomed in the next year or so, because people who’ve bought dogs during lockdown can’t manage them when they return to work, and because other people are struggling to care for themselves and their families under the stress of longer working hours and/or less pay.
  15. Given the seller’s keenness to sell the dog interstate, my biggest concern would have been that it wasn’t his to sell - either that it was stolen or that it belonged to a relative or partner who didn’t want to part with it. There are so many people looking for small dogs that he should have been able to sell it locally. I wouldn’t assume that a purebred dog will be more expensive than a crossbred. Crossbred puppies are being advertised for outrageous prices, given the unlikelihood that their parents have been health tested. Breeders occasionally need to part with adult dogs, and
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