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  1. Getting A New Maltalier Puppy.

    Maltese x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Not an ANKC recognised breed. But seeing as there is more than one way to ‘recognise’ a dog, they are a popular mixed type. I see them regularly in pet grooming.
  2. Also, it does depend a bit on what breed or type of dog you are looking for. The ANKC deals with a certain widely recognised breeds. other registries deal with certain types that are not ANKC recognised, such as Murray River Retriever, Cobberdog, Koolie etc. if you are looking for some of the increasingly popular ‘designer’ dogs like Cavoodle or Labradoodle, then breeders who are attached to a registry may be a better bet than those not attached to any registry, but that’s not guaranteed. If you’re looking for a ‘frug’ or a ‘moodle’ then really all you can do is make sure you meet the parents and look at the environment, and ask a lot of questions. ANY puppy from ANYWHERE should be at least 8 weeks old, and have paperwork verifying it has had a vaccination, and should be microchipped. If those things aren’t in place, run a mile!
  3. Ethical & responsible breeders can be found in any breeding arena, just as non ethical & irresponsible breeders can be found in any breeding arena. No registry on its own can guarantee quality breeding or ethical behaviour. It is up to you as a consumer to understand what the different registries bring to the table regarding breeding practices and health testing etc, and then make sure you are satisfied that the breeder in question meets the requirements of their registry, and complies with the animal welfare act. You can ask for breeder registration numbers and call the registry to authenticate their registration, and choose to either report or walk away from environments and practices that don’t match your expectations.
  4. Working lines vs show lines

    Yes Asal, I use the example of our ‘ beloved’ Australian breeds to demonstrate this. EVERY single Australian breed could only have existed in its current form since, well, since Australia began! And in all of those breeds I can think of, none of them ran off a ship in the form we know them today. They’ve all become what we know them to be today, since Australia was settled. Most recently, the Tenterfield Terrier, our newest ‘breed’ . I feel a little bit ragey when I see discussions about so called designer dogs. Pedigree show people get their knickers all mixed up decrying these dogs. But, in reality, I see new breeds and types emerging. Contemporary dogs bred for contemporary purpose. Just like the old days when the breeds we know and hold close today, we’re being developed, these contemporary ‘breeds’ don’t just hatch out of an egg. They take generations to emerge. We just happen to be the generations witnessing this transition, as I’m sure, in fact hope, that generations to come, will be able to witness the emergence of new dogs to suit their time and purpose. Because things change, and that is ok!!
  5. Working lines vs show lines

    Try convincing the farmer with a ‘short coat border collie’ who works hard daily and saves him the wages of several men, that his dog is less worthy than the show winning pedigree border collie, and vice versa...... All dogs have value in the big picture. Before the introduction of conFORMation dog shows, domestic dogs were bred almost exclusively for purpose. And more often than not, practiced their purpose. The look of the dog was secondary to what the dog could do, and even when ‘looks’ we’re taken into account, preferences were usually based on the terrain the dog was expected to work in and how. as Conformation dog shows rose in popularity, that drove down diversity by its very nature. the concept of uniformity and purity has been a disaster for domestic dogs. Anyone who thinks dividing and limiting gene pools towards a dead end goal is a good thing for dogs, has their heads in a strange place. the very nature of the ‘working v show lines’ is so divisive and does dogs no good. Within breeds, I doubt breeding exclusively towards either goal is a great thing. It seems all the pedigree conformation system has done for dogs is divide, limit, reduce.... In days gone by, I doubt Fred would have cared if Dave’s Labrador had white feet. Dave probably would have watched Fred’s dog and if Fred’s dog had some ability that Dave thought could enhance his own dogs, blokes would have got the dogs together to see what the results were. Maybe they gained some desirable traits, maybe they didn’t. Because they were using the dogs for a purpose they could nut that out pretty quickly and decide their next move. Meanwhile, Mark from a few districts over might have heard about those pups, that were a bit short on leg and a bit too flashy in their marking for the purpose that Fred and Dave needed, but reckoned they might be just the ticket for his slightly different terrain. Once working his new pups, Mark worked out they were lacking in the scenting department for his needs, but decided to take a chance crossing one out to his best little spaniel, and managed to gain the best working dogs he ever had! ( for his purposes) The idea of conformity & purity in dogs is the biggest disease we have bestowed on ‘mans best friend’ and no amount of health testing can undo what driving toward that end has done, whilst ever we still drive in that direction.
  6. Baby food is great! I eat it as snacks myself because it usually has no added anything, unlike packaged food for adults. I hate, loathe, salt and find baby foods deliciously un salty. I also don’t know why packaged foods for adults has to have added sugar, or be artificially sweetened instead of genuinely no added sugar, another reason I like baby foods! I don’t understand why I can’t buy them in adult servings lol. Im probably the only person that buys the ‘no added salt’ tinned soup and baked beans! recently I bought one of those ‘no added sugar’ Feel Good ice coffee drinks. I was looking forward to having an unsweetened commercial milk drink on the run, but turns out it’s actually got loads of artificial sweetener in place of not adding actual sugar. I nearly spat out my first mouthful as it was so freaking sweet! I couldn’t finish it..... seems folks are addicted to sweet and salty. Oops a bit OT
  7. my cats who are 99% raw fed, do enjoy maybe 2x a week, a tiny amount of cat kibble. They get about 10 little bits each. They go mental for it like I have a bag of crack cat cocaine! I can live with them getting a little bit of commercial food. It makes them happy which makes me happy! so if Justice can deal with commercial foods, And there are some he likes, would it hurt to give him a little bit? Whether that is kibble, wet or semi moist.
  8. Yeah I’m not a big cottage cheese fan. It’s a texture thing for me. I reckon it’s about the texture of chunky vomit lol! anyway, these days as a cat owner who raw feeds, I’ve gotten more creative than ever. one thing the cats love is a whole cooked peeled prawn. They’re not as expensive as you might think when only buying 4 or 5. The cats also love love love the chicken giblets, chicken hearts & chicken liver that I usually get from supermarket. you can but canned prawns and canned crab meat at Coles but it’s usually in brine not water, so I drain and rinse well.
  9. Cottage cheese is good. It’s a pre digested cheese so doesn’t usually cause belly issues. and tinned tuna and tinned salmon would add variety.
  10. Patty Fatty

    That sounds like a ‘Cushings belly’ of course there could be lots of things but one of the more obvious signs/symptoms of Cushings is a ‘fat’ looking dog but the belly is low and back
  11. Looking for non-standard size dog crate

    Try google for example .... puppybars.com blackhound.com.au
  12. Looking for non-standard size dog crate

    There are companies who will make you custom fit, removable crating options for your vehicle. I have never used one of these companies myself but I reckon someone here will jump in with some options for you
  13. Burr problems w Springer ears

    Just about every pet spaniel & setter I groom ends up with clipped off ears! If there is no reason such as showing, and it is an impediment to fun, and annoying to fix, just clip it off. Actually Around the world the Irish & English setter are often shown without pendulous ear furnishings, especially the UK I believe?
  14. Is my dog a dingo

    Dingo isn’t the first thing I see either. maybe kelpie, shepherd, staffy mix or who knows what! And be aware if you are in SA as your profile suggests, that it is illegal to own or keep a Dingo or Dingo hybrid or mix as a domestic pet. There are very real repercussions and it won’t end well for you or your dog. So probably best not to suggest in any way whatsoever to anyone that you suspect there may be Dingo in your pet dog.
  15. Advice on breeds

    I wouldn’t get a dog in that situation. Like others have mentioned, every time you enter Australia your dog will be placed in quarantine kennels. perhaps look at what help you could be to local animal shelters & charities in the locations you visit, and in your local area at home. it will give you the chance to help dogs abroad and at home, and give you valuable experience for the day you may settle down from travelling and are in a better position to have your own dog. Perhaps you could also look at spending the money saved on moving your own dog around the world, to help dogs in need around the world