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  1. LOL. I love this superbly concise explanation of snake oil.
  2. Agree 100%. The lines between clear breed improvement (IE- breeding out health defects) and changing trends for shows seem very blurred to me, more so with particular breeds. I have seen breeders argue black and blue regarding breed standards and breed preservation vs what's required to win shows. I also like the term 'preservation breeder' but at the end of the day what's really important is the rearing of happy, healthy dogs. The practice of breeding in particular traits or colours that present as a risk to either health or happiness (EG Blue Staffies) is something we should
  3. It’s going to be very difficult to establish an underlying cause whilst you switch and change so much in the diet. I suggest you make a decision and hold some consistency for at least a couple of weeks and then see is if the situation stabilises. Noting the concerns around gastric acidity I would be looking at the Prime 100 cooked single protein diet rolls for a while. Once you have stabilised the situation you can start considering alternatives and even variety. At the moment, she has digestive upset of some description, and switching around between raw, cooked dry,
  4. I wouldn’t say that Prime BARF is better quality than leading raw, but it is single protein. I would be looking at going down this path as an elimination diet to see if it’s a particular protein source that upsets his tummy. One of the Stafford breeders here in Perth feeds all dogs and puppies exclusively on the Prime 100 SPD cooked rolls and all his dogs are in excellent health and condition.
  5. Just out of interest, who in your estimation should be the arbitrator of that which improves a breed?
  6. Agree with above post. I see a lot of troubled bully’s come through our rescue that have moderate to severe socialisation issues. The question of whether these issues can be trained out is impossible to answer, with every case being different. If you are looking for a mature Bull Terrier to join your family then speaking with breeders is a good idea. We occasionally forever home juvenile and adult dogs that have either a particular trait that we aren’t comfortable bringing into the breeding program or have been returned to us for various reasons. I find Bully beeeder
  7. I recommend using 4% of his body weight per day separated across 2 meals, supplemented by appropriate size raw meaty bones 2 times a week. From there you need to learn how to judge his condition, he should be lean and muscular and you can control this by moderating the daily %. You need to be weighing him at least once a week, so you have a handle the total weight to be feeding. Remember, overfeeding is a bigger risk to his development than underfeeding. Slow and steady development wins the race! It's absolutely true that you need to understand what you are doing to feed a la
  8. It's impossible to say from here, but my thoughts would be no, it will not be down to an appropriate level (ph: 2) whilst you are feeding predominantly kibble. FWIW I would advise the following: 1) Go to two meals a day if you are not there already. If you need guidance on qty then I would start with 1% of body weight for each meal and go from there based off condition. 2) Use the remaining kibble for one of the meals and then stop feeding kibble completely. 3) Purchase some commercially available BARF patties and once the kibble is used up split bet
  9. Hello Juice, Reading through the thread it sounds like you may have an issue with her gastric acidity. I would not conclude that your girl ‘just does better on kibble’. Assuming she does not have any underlying genetic issues or obstructions I think the combination of changing between cooked and raw foods coupled with all the medications that she has been given has probably led to her stomach ph increasing. The importance of gastric acidity to effective digestion of raw meat, bone matter, and vegetable matter seems to be overlooked by many advocates of raw diets.
  10. I remember a thread on here a while back where I was pilloried for suggesting that we as breeders don't have a fundamental right to pontificate to folks about mix breeding. I maintain my position. There is a very nice couple over here who breed Bull Terrier cross Staffords and are very responsible, caring and ethical in their approach. Similarly there are plenty of unscrupulous, unethical, and uncaring pedigree breeders around... I have a mixed breed dog boarding here for the rescue at the moment. I don't know what breed she is (if I had to guess it would be Amstaff cross Cattle Dog). H
  11. I've never had a dog with pancreatisis, but i do have a good friend that does. He uses one of the vans complete mixes about 2/3 of the normal ratio with a very low fat kangaroo and chicken mince he gets from one of the pet meat suppliers. Swears by it.
  12. paying for that is a waste of money. a lady had a purebred Australian Shepherd, paid for it to be dna tested. except there was a mixup and instead it was done for what breeds it was made up of. came back it had labrador, doberman, rottie an foget what else. Australian Shepherds are a breed descended from some dogs that arrived in America with a shipload of australian sheep, hence their name. parts of australia still keep and breed what they call German Coolies, no attempt has been done to my knowledge to get them accepted as an australian breed even though they have been a highly regarded
  13. This won't help with parentage, but your vet (or one in your location) should be able to do genetic testing, which will give you clarity of genetic make-up. It's not cheap though! Costs about $600 a pop here...
  14. He is, but he is covered, literally covered with bites. Horrific. And his wife!! The poor woman just started crying the moment she opened her mouth. Such trauma --- they will suffer to some degree or other for a long long long time. I’ve told this story before, but it happened again today. A woman who lives up the road from me has has her dogs attacked on several occasions. She is terrified now of large dogs. We were talking today at my front fence having met on the footpath walking our dogs. Because of past experience, the moment she said something about “I’m watching that big dog
  15. I didn't mean to stir up an argument, so apologies for doing so. Have found this thread a bit heartbreaking to be honest.
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