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  1. It’s the experience of being a major foster carer (had kennel holding) for this mob that led me to set up our own rescue in about 2009. I was on the receiving end of legal threats, as were others, and had to adopt 2 of their dogs I had in foster care, to bring them over to rehome through our rescue, when I left their rescue. It’s been rotten for a long time. I have nothing to do with rescue at all anymore because Salt & sugar look the same and it’s really hard to tell sometimes.
  2. 2 more from outside the box. One of my favourite breeds the Tibetan Terrier. A sturdy affable dog on the bigger side of small, really only terrier by name. The Lowchen too possibly. if you’d consider a small dog I’d take a serious look at the Papillion
  3. Maybe add Smooth Collie in there for consideration. An often overlooked breed with many great attributes.
  4. Most of the Standard Schnauzers I’ve dealt with tend to have a middle ground sort of personality. A sensible purposeful mindset without the working dog hype. Possibly Shetland sheepdog from the right lines. Some can be overtly timid but I’ve met some fabulous ones too.
  5. OMG I’ve been trying to find a succinct way of summing this up!! And there it is. crazy how everyone seems to want their own little bit of equality these days huh! Sorry folks, that’s not equality!
  6. Also you need to bear in mind that no breed or individual within a breed can really be deemed reliable with chickens (and possibly cats) until you have the dog and work out what level of management you need to implement for your situation. You might raise a bomb proof dog but it’s always wise to supervise and separate when necessary with chooks, and sometimes cats, when supervision is not available. a couple of other curve ball breeds in the slightly bigger than small category Standard Schnauzer (a bit more coat care. Most standards have harsher coat than Minis and is usually a
  7. Personally I don’t think you could go past the Border Terrier. Yes there are a few other breeds that might also fit your wants & needs, but the Border is a robust affable highly adaptable wash n wear terrier, and cute as hell to boot! other suggestions to look at Parson Russell Terrier ( a Jack the size of a Border) Manchester Terrier Smooth Fox Terrier i think most of the short legged terriers, such as Westie , Cairn, Australian etc would fit most of you brief aside from cycling, and also most of them are of course lower to the ground and have a litt
  8. If the rest of the coat is growing normally I doubt feeding anything will make that patch grow. id be more inclined to try something made for scars, like bio oil or whatever.. . The skin is damaged and unless it repairs to a level that allows hair growth, you may have a small bald spot.
  9. Also check the flew, that little folded pocket of skin about half way along the bottom jaw. Stretch the skin out and have a good look in there. Even the tiniest bit of salivary moisture build up in there can cause localised bacteria to explode and even the inciest winciest bit of bacteria/infection in that little fold can reek like you can’t imagine! keeping it clipped, clean & dry will help but if there does happen to be a tiny bit of bacteria/yeast in there, ‘cleaning’ alone won’t hep, it will need some medicine first, then maintain hygiene. might not be that but it’s certainly a c
  10. Do you have the kennel prefix? It would be on the blue or brown pedigree papers that should have come with your puppy?
  11. I’ve been looking for a dog for a long time now and it’s just getting harder, especially in SA. There isn’t much to choose from and the majority are extremely expensive fluffy mixes averaging 4000 to 6000. I saw a mixed poodle pup advertised in the next town from me for 8700.00 last week! People are even asking 2000 plus for Staffy mix, kelpie mix etc. the shelters are empty most days zero to a handful of dogs availability, add to that read their bios they are mainly bull breed mixes and working dog mixes and most are reading as poorly socialised, poorly conditioned, shy, anxious, fe
  12. I worked with Newfy for a few yrs at a big kennel. The young dogs were out in 1/4 acre grass runs with another juvenile to grow up. The only real structured exercise they got was show training. Newfy are giant furry wrecking balls when young! personally at that age I’d be dialling down the leash walking and ramping up Basic obedience training , trick training, structured play sessions. Also try hard to find somewhere to swim your dog. It’s excellent non weight baring exercise and Newfy love it! Keep you dog on a long line until you can trust him not to keep swimming to China! Newfy
  13. Regarding the supplement I looked up the brand and although it all looks fine, I am not personally a big fan of supplements. Reading through that website I see all the usual marketing drivel designed very carefully to make people question themselves about feeding their pets. The supplements are made from all the things that are entirely available in the raw diet, only in the raw diet are much more likely to be available, proportional, and digestible. And they are right there subtly pushing that idea that every meal needs everything in it..... aside from the extra calcium which if your pup is e
  14. I worked for a Newfy breeder for 3 yrs moons ago. Back then they were fed a mix of Eukanuba kibble & raw meats. if I owned one myself it would be entirely raw fed. a few things... at 7 months your pup is hitting ‘coat change’ where all that soft thick puppy fuzz starts to give way for the nice flat shiny strong adult coat. You might be able to see that stronger adult coat coming in around the shoulder area and along the back. During coat change a lot is going on with the skin and grooming needs to be doubled down on. Really thorough brushing down to the skin with a slicker brush. Pus
  15. Genetic testing is all well and good but one has to remember that it’s is also another problem in the ever diminishing available genes in a given breed. It’s a dead end road. A breed of dog by default has limited genetic material to work with to begin with, and genetic testing dismisses more and more genetic material within the bubble of genetic material within the breed.
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