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About sandgrubber

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  1. Brindle Pug in Australia

    I am not nor never have been with the pug breed. I think pug breeders, in general, have a lot to answer for... To repost a link that recently appeared in News... https://theconversation.com/vets-can-do-more-to-reduce-the-suffering-of-flat-faced-dog-breeds-110702
  2. Human Grade Glucosamine..

    I've seen zero evidence that glucosamine works as a preventative
  3. Brindle Pug in Australia

    I think pedigrees are a good thing. But, unfortunately, they have gotten hooked up with the show ring. Fine with me if some folks want dogs for show. I don't. The interpretation of breed standards in the ring tends to emphasise extreme breed characteristics, often with sacrifice of health, temperament, and/or working abilities. Those who are less interested in showing tend (1) to find they cannot buy on main register, (2) to be condemned as BYBers. Yet these are the group most likely to preserve dogs that have old traits that fell by the wayside because of some fad in the dog fancy... and suddenly seem desirable or even necessary for health or other reasons. P. S. BYBs are NOT supported. Quite the opposite.
  4. Brindle Pug in Australia

    Are you serious? Or just looking for a reaction?
  5. Brindle Pug in Australia

    There are many byb'ers who aren't greedy, and many registered breeders who are. As Asal states, getting a main register bitch is nearly impossible if you are not a member of the Pedigree clique... and even harder if you advertise that you want to, say, breed for lengthened noses in a brachy breed or a lighter coat in a heavily coated breed. Many breeders won't sell on full registry unless they are convinced that you are going to show.
  6. Why, then, are f1 hybrid seeds so widely used? I haven't systematically looked at hybrid dogs (I kenneled many shih tzu Maltese crosses and from recall, they seem much of a muchness) but from what I learned in biology class, the f1 generation is quite predictable. Mendel's peas, mules, and all that.
  7. Look at this guy go!

    Wish more bulldogs had it in them.
  8. Brindle Pug in Australia

    AI doesn't prove that all semen came from the AI. I suspect many would be breeders turn to "purebred but no papers" or breed despite spay neuter contracts and/or limited register out of frustration with the difficulty that newcomers have buying on full register... especially if they have no interest in showing. This problem is likely to be worse in breeds, such as the pug or the GSD, where there are health reasons to breed away from the interpretation of the standard that gets rewarded in the show ring.
  9. Brindle Pug in Australia

    There are a lot of myths about breed origin. Genetic studies put the pug quite close to the Jack Russell. https://retrieverman.net/2012/04/22/pugs-have-changed-a-bunch/ Not surprising given that pugs were in Europe for hundreds of years before the breed registry was established. I wouldn't put a lot of faith in that claim of "several thousand years", and very much suspect that pug origins are a Mish mash. Okay there may be other health problems with color links... I've never heard of any problem with brindle...other than making people ask if the neighbor's dog jumped the fence. Brindle marked Labs are embarrassing to the breeder and tend to be quietly disposed... more recently to pet homes at reduced price... historically I'd bet many were killed.
  10. A strange puppy Tale. (Not tail)

    Puppies tend to puke when traveling on a full stomach (cars and probably train as well) . With my first litter as a breeder I ended out paying a fairly large vet bill for a puppy buyer who thought the pup was sick because it vomited in the car.
  11. Brindle Pug in Australia

    Brindle like markings show up from time to time in Labs. It's a rare, recessive gene. I'd guess it's similar with pugs. I wouldn't worry about it or be overly concerned about impure genetics. I'll likely get flamed for saying this, but my guess is that few dogs are entirely pure bred if you go back a century or so. Given the huge changes in the appearance of pugs over time, I wouldn't be surprised to find a bit of cross breeding was done to get to the modern extreme brachycephalic form. Color, though one of the most obvious of parts of genetics, is largely (apart from white as affecting deafness and the problems od double merle) unimportant to health and temperament.
  12. Puppy Weight / Feeding Schedule

    If I followed the recommendations on the bag, my Labbies would be beyond roly-poly. It's always better to go by how fat or thin the dog is... For example, how much rib is showing. You can easily find diagrams for this using Google. I like to see a little puppy fat at 9 weeks, but trim by 16 or 18 weeks. 7-8 kg sounds like a reasonable range (with young Lab pups, my rule of thumb was a tad under 1 kg per week; I was working with relatively big boned, deep chested lines) but a higher figure might be appropriate for a very robust pup, and under 7 kg would be OK for a pup with relatively small frame.
  13. Dog Poo Composting

    I just bury the stuff... Not real deep. Easy, simple, and it eventually joins the soil
  14. More Bark Than Bite in Iran’s Ban on Walking Dogs https://nyti.ms/2Ux15QI
  15. Are Dog Parks Worth the Risk?

    This is the only one I know of. I wish more dog oriented folks would create such places, but it's a big ask, what with land prices in populated areas and council regulations, etc. Wouldn't it just be wonderful if golf courses could be converted here and there