relative and partner got a lab puppy 2 years ago, did the whole FB survery for naming it posted every development, photos etc. and then a few months later gave it to relative's mum (in ireland so they dont see it) because it was too much to cope with. personally i think that was a fair thing to do as they have a young boy who has an as of yet undiagnosed condition that can become life threatening at any point and can need to be in hospital for months at a time. mum stays in hospital with little boy and dad continues to work full time. this has been their life since little boy was born 4 years ago so why they got the dog in the first place i will never know.
however, they have just posted another fb update looking name suggestions for a new female springer pup that they will be getting in 2 weeks and when one of their friends says she will be getting a springer pup when her own pup is older, relative says she will let her know if she breeds her in future!
i just cant understand what is going through their heads. they cannot commit to a dog. their little boy is only a few months out of a long hospital stay, they know his condition is likely to be lifelong and that he can take a turn for the worse at any time. but to even think of breeding the dog!
it has pissed me off seeing it. just had to vent. i know it's nothing to do with me. not my dog or my family but i feel sorry for the poor thing.
how about "Wow, you're brave, I've heard that they are so much more mouthy than lab puppies - I hope that you're all ready to be used as a teething toy for the next 9 months. They're so energetic too! I wouldn't have the energy"
i have decide against commenting. the relative is quite arrogant and truly believes he is right about everything and expert at everything he attempts. it would serve no purpose to comment. they will go ahead and get this puppy regardless.
Springers can be such hard work if you don't put the time in with them, and need shedloads of exercise.
My DH's nephew bought a lab puppy a couple of years ago - but he is in the forces and is often away, and his fiance works full time, so the lab goes in a cage all day. I can't bring myself to speak to them anymore.
Fortunately his father often pops round at lunchtime to take him out, but then apparently he just walks back into his cage when they get back. Poor sod.
It's so irresponsible. We know a family who have done this too. They got a little terrier cross who apparently was quite mouthy so it 'wasn't safe' for the kids. So poor terrier gets sent to the animal shelter. Next thing there are pictures of a glamorous cocker spaniel pup on Facebook . Husband tells me to just get over it but it makes me so mad!
i would go as far as compulsory neutering for anyone not legally registered as a breeder. i dont think there should be a right to breed dogs as a hobby/money maker. i think if it's something you want to do you undergo inspection, pay the costs involved and register for tax.
That jack Russell ad could be a puppy farm scam. 6 weeks old obviously wouldn't be a reputable breeder anyway. I have 2 springers and a 20 month old son. If my son was very ill there's no way I'd have time to give them the walks/attention they need. Good luck training a puppy. Oh and springers shed for England! Much more than a shorter coated breed. They're very slow to mature too.
Labs are born half trained, springers die half trained.