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  1. Unless actively bred for work (what work will water dogs be doing in Oz), rare breeds tend to become novelty pets. Small breeding pool. High risk of inbreeding
  2. also to rebuff the argument that dingoes are just wild dogs so there's no point to preserving them. Genetic research isn't that expensive these days and can have side benefits, for example by building up the knowledge base for understanding hereditary conditions/diseases.
  3. Groups, yes, but stick to working dog or sporting dog groups to avoid the universal pet dog discussions on potty training, best food, crying in his crate, and puppies biting and chewing.
  4. I suspect the trend toward franchised practices, and the pressure of having a practice manager, contributes to the stress.
  5. If you want to find a good Spanner, I'd suggest joining NZ Working Spaniels FB group and describe what you're looking for. Springers are widely used in hunting in NZ, and some working dogs are highly disciplined. My impression is that there aren't many working spaniels in Oz.
  6. In all my years with dogs, I've never before had a neutered boy and an entire bitch. When a bitch came on season I've usually kept careful watch for a month. Yoli (entire) and Goofy (her son, desexed) started doing hanky panky at about day 7 and have stopped at day 17-18. She now tells him off if he looks at her the wrong way. Question: Is that an indication that she now safe to walk off lead?
  7. https://sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu/2019/10/15/tattoo-study/ maybe it's not as widespread as I thought Yes, it's done on male cats as well ...see photos
  8. I have flop eared breeds so this isn't a problem. But I don't get the point of ear tattoos. In the US, vets routinely put a streak of green dye into the incision wound. It works like a tat,lasts forever, and never seems to cause problems.
  9. How tragic...and infuriating. I thought VIC had pretty harsh laws about "restricted breeds". Why weren't the police called in immediately?
  10. https://cgejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40575-022-00120-x#ref-CR1 Attempt to get evidence based understanding on the rise of designer breeds. Good lit review on the issue of 'hybrid vigor'.
  11. BBC News - Pampered pooches ride Japan's Shinkansen in style https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-61543052 special coach for owners with pets on bullet train. Cute pictures.
  12. Worth noting that this was from a vet practice in Arizona. Perhaps a region where big mean dogs are seen as weapons
  13. No question, undisciplined biters are a menace. But it's not spare the rod and spoil the dog. Well behaved, lovable dogs are often taught in ways that are so soft you'd hardly call them discipline, and are treated almost as children. I doubt there's big overlap between vet-biters and dogs whose owners call them 'furbaby' and allow them on the bed and sofa. Formal training often isn't required to get a dog to be well mannered and reasonably polite. Just consistent gentle encouragement/discouragement by the owner. Often not much more than tone of voice and an occasional push or pull. Body language, tone of voice, treats for good behaviour, and patience cause puppies take awhile to catch on to some things.
  14. https://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/lab/corl/canine-genetic-testing/?fbclid=IwAR2kSkhycxEcTEAT6XSlGMMzd-bwHmDpIU3aA8wHTWacul8j-_exZLzknRI University of Wisconsin is announcing agenetic test predictive of cruciate ligament rupture in Labradors. It's the first test I've heard of for a polygenetic condition. No idea how good it is. In their dataset they found 62% heritability of CL rupture. If so, the test could be very useful.
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