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About sandgrubber

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  1. The downside of DNA testing

    One exception. If sire and dam have tested clear, it may be possible to have a dog declared clear by inheritance. IMO this is not a good practice. There is almost no quality control in genetic testing, and I and other breeders have encountered testing errors in places like color genetics, where errors tend to be obvious.
  2. Fresh, clean chicken frame mince is bone rich and a great food for weaning puppies (in my experience, they love it, and it's a help when a large litter is taking too much out of their dam). From what I have read, adding Ca++ will unbalance the minerals, so not so good. Mixing chook frame mince and kibble is fine. I have yet to hear of any benefit from potato as opposed to grain in kibble. Danes eat a lot. The priciest food isn't necessarily the best.
  3. Main vs limited registration

    I agree with Rebanne, but if it would give you peace of mind you can always do up a sales contract that states that you make no guarantee that the adult dog/bitch that the pup grows up to be will be fit for showing or breeding.
  4. This has been going on for years. It has proven hard to verify. The quote above looks like the 2011 version. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/herky-jerky/?fbclid=IwAR3YGPOvTWpwLM9qiBptCOxeoCCToUuYuQv86blvfLhNMOgnGF_Ne__qH44
  5. BBC News - Coronavirus: Helsinki airport trials sniffer dogs as Covid-19 detectors https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54288067
  6. Puppy from dog with pulmonary stenosis

    Another resource https://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospitals/companion-animal-hospital/cardiology/pulmonic-stenosis-dogs As I understand it, the condition is widespread in the breed. A dog that is tested with a mild case may be preferable to one that is untested. You need information on the severity of the sire's case, and it will be best to discuss it with a vet, preferably one with some credentials in cardiology.
  7. False ultrasounds

    When I was breeding (Labradors, so fairly large) I lived near the Murdoch Uni Vet School. They had top grade equipment and radiographers. My girls pretty consistently had 9 or more pups. They never miscounted by more than one. BUT I don't think they wouldn't even attempt a count at 41 days. I always booked for 31. Ultrasound depends on amniotic fluids to work. By 41 days the pups take up too much room in the uterus for effective scanning... or so I understand it
  8. Tear jerker boy and pup story

    Thanks Boronia. Yes, same story (more ads). I forgot. I have a WaPo subscription
  9. Tear jerker boy and pup story

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/09/10/puppy-rescue-cleft-lip-boy-lacey/ A rescued puppy with a cleft lip had been at an animal shelter in Jackson, Mich., for almost a week, and staff worried that the dog wouldn’t be adopted. Then a man walked into the shelter who has a 2-year-old son with a cleft lip. ... the story goes on... Cute pictures
  10. Awaiting my new puppy, likelihood of scam?

    A lot of breeders don't list pups anymore because they get swamped with inquiries.
  11. Experiences with dog transport

    How awful. I don't know what to say other than that is soooo wrong. I've traveled with dogs a lot and never had any trauma.
  12. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05771-0 High level criticism of an unregulated market. " COMMENT 25 JULY 2018 Pet genomics medicine runs wild Genetic testing for dogs is big business. It is too easy for companies to sell false hope, warn Lisa Moses, Steve Niemi and Elinor Karlsson. They call for regulation."
  13. Boundary fence is being removed

    It will probably be hired chain link panels if it's a contractor. Generally 1.8 m high. A basenji can probably go under, so negotiate to have the contractor block the gap underneath. Contractors will often make an effort to avoid conflict.
  14. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-guineas-singing-dogs-found-alive-wild-180975704/ Apparently quite a few of them and not as inbred as those in captivity