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  1. I am often looking at puppy for sale ads and prices have definitely dropped a lot in Australia. For example, the once popular breeds, such as the cross bred cavoodle, I have seen advertised for as low as $1,500 when they were up to $8,000 at the peak. It is my guess that you could ring a lot of people advertising puppies and offer what you can afford and they may take it as they cannot sell pups. It is a deterrent for people adopting when they can buy exactly what they want for a similar price.
  2. https://www.9news.com.au/national/dogs-for-adoption-melbourne-record-number-of-pet-dogs-being-given-up-in-victoria/444e42dc-554a-430a-b6a7-5e50490feae6 We could all see this coming sadly. There is a record number of puppies for sale on DOL as well.
  3. Sadly this breed of dog has become popular due to the show Bluey. As mentioned above people are buying them with no idea of the training and exercise demands. When I was young we had two stumpy tailed cattle dogs. They were brilliant dogs but needed constant training exercise and discipline. They were not good with small children, in fact we didn't trust them with small children.
  4. I was quite shocked and saddened to read this post but it has prompted me to do some more research into the use of animals for experimentation in Australia. I feel almost very ignorant to have discovered that over a million animals, ranging from baboons to mice are used each year in Australia for all types of experimentation. I just googled "animals used for experiments in Australia" and the statistics are alarming It really just makes me so very sad.
  5. Very good to see an actual punishment for this behaviour. I am waiting for a matter to go to court later this year for a scam that occurred to me (and many others) at the end of 2019. The court date has been adjourned twice so hopefully it will go ahead this time. I am heartened to see that the courts are actually taking this seriously.
  6. I have searched the forum for this topic but surprised to find no match. My dogs are all going crazy for grass lately. Like for the last month. We have had lots of rain and when they are let out of a morning they are heading straight for the wet fresh pick. This is a new thing for them. They even stop to eat the grass on our morning walks. I know it was always said that if dogs eat grass they are sick or lacking something but their behaviour is perfectly normal they are energetic and acting the same. I feed mostly black hawk kibble (yes recipe has changed) they also have a small amount of pet mince most days, and a fresh chicken leg once a week. I have bought a more expensive kibble called meals 4 mutts, and we'll see if this makes any difference but meanwhile wondering about others experiences please.
  7. I too would be interested to hear another's experiences with the new blend. I have ordered some and also have ordered some Advance as a backup plan. Mine have always preferred the Black Hawk to the Advance, but will eat either.
  8. Provided both parents healthy and DNA cleared as you have mentioned, there is no reason to be concerned. As @Podgus stated, the terms simply relate to size. Under 11 inches is toy, 11 to 15 is Miniature, and over 15 is Standard. In Australia. I once had a mains pedigree male registered as a Toy that grew to 13 inches. He was too big for my girls sadly. He was a beauty.
  9. So another perspective: For me, putting a pup on mains means that I believe it is suitable for both breeding and showing. I sell on mains whenever I think the pup would be suitable for BOTH. I am not a show person and rely heavily on breeder friends and mentors, and the breed standard as shown on this site. For example, poodles have to have a solid coloured coat and occasionally a spot of white may come through on the coat for whatever reason. Or the tail is not straight, or the points are not perfect. We learn as we go. Maybe to you colour sounds trivial, but it does matter, and although my dogs are fully health checked every year and DNA cleared if they don't meet the breed standard, I am not selling that pup on mains. I am however fully confident I am selling healthy pets. I would absolutely love to sell everything on mains and be very proud to see my prefix on other people's pedigrees. But I am only doing it if I believe pup is suitable. And even then no one has a crystal ball when you let a pup leave you at 8 - 10 weeks. Of course I can only speak for my breed but I am sure every other breeder has a breed standard they need to adhere to and may hold puppies back on limited for that reason.
  10. Interesting thread. I am an ANKC registered breeder. I made contact with a breeder listed on this site recently seeking a female on mains. She has pups for sale. She said "oh goodness no, I am very protective of my bloodlines did you know that the grandmother of one of the pups in question was BIS" Yes, the grandmother. She finally said that she would sell me a female on mains but she would have to be half owner to stop me from selling any of the pups I bred on mains. THIS is the mentality of some. Needless to say I was not interested in that arrangement.
  11. It is very interesting although I would suggest the pug, which often requires airway surgery, has far more issues due to being brachycephalic than the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ever does. I know it is desirable for the cavalier to have a shorter snout in the show ring although many purebred (not necessarily pedigree) CKCS pets I see actually have a longer snout. I bred pedigree cavaliers a few years ago, and I know then it was very difficult to get one that had a clear DNA profile from Orivet. If they weren't affected, they were a carrier of something. I thought being brachycephalic was the least of their problems. Little did I know apparently.
  12. My female vet has told me some awful stories too. She is a sole proprietor because she cannot recruit another vet to our small town, and she is a wife and mother. The 3 am calls and then people refusing to pay because they say "well if you loved animals you would do it for free." Morons. She said there is quite a lot of attrition in the veterinary industry as there are more female vets now and they are often leaving when they have families.
  13. As a Toy Poodle breeder, I like to stalk the Gumtree ads every now and then to see what is out there and what people are selling pups for. Well there is a new so called designer breed called an Aussie Pomfrugoolier Bulldog. You get a nice selection of pomeranian cross Frenchie cross pug cross toy poodle cross tiny toy poodle cross cavalier King Charles spaniel and then cross that with an Aussie bulldog. God help me. You can have one of these puppies for the bargain price of $5,000. What I'm most frightened about is that somebody might actually pay this.
  14. It's a tricky one, and when it comes to diet everyone is an expert. I do buy expensive kibble. I have tried supermarket kibble also. As an experiment I fed supermarket kibble for 2 weeks then slowly reintroduced the pricey stuff by mixing them together. My poodles were picking through it and leaving the cheap stuff behind. That was my answer for them. They get bones and raw mince, and raw chook also. I actually don't care what others do, or do I ever preach, I just do what works for us. As for vaccinations, we took 2 pups to a vet run puppy pre school for a bit of fun. They spent 50 percent of the time telling horror stories thereby trying to sell medications for worming etc and also said our new pups required FOUR vaccinations before 16 weeks. I almost choked.
  15. Have a look at Orivet.com It's what I use with my breeding dogs. But whether there is something better, I don't know. It works for me. Have a look at their website and it will show what they offer which is quite extensive.
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