Best Dog Carrier: In Shops? Cafes?

(34 Posts)
FragileTitanium Fri 08-Mar-13 19:16:23

We are just about to get a new puppy. I've noticed that a lot of websites selling "designer" dog carriers are selling the same thing (all of them seem to be made in China). Does anyone have any advice/experience on what is the best dog carrier that looks like a normal handbag?

I've also heard that with these types of bags, you can get away with going into shops etc so long as the puppy doesn't bark. Does anyone have any experience with this?

We are getting a bichon frise/shih tzu cross.

tabulahrasa Sun 10-Mar-13 10:21:30

The assured breeding scheme only recognises pedigrees, you have to apply for each breed, so you can apply for more than one breed...but not for crosses. On the plus side you know that any breeding stock from the breeds that they are on the assured breeding scheme for will be health tested, but if they're breeding crosses there's no checks at all on the number of litters and it is not something I'd expect from a breeder who has invested so much in a breed. The KC vet is not going to say that breeders bend the rules, lol, but that's usually what it's about.

Lung worm - most wormers on prescription from the vets treat lung worm as well.

rubyrubyruby Sun 10-Mar-13 10:24:53

Babyroger I have a Weimaraner too - I can just imagine the chaos grin

Floralnomad Sun 10-Mar-13 10:27:58

If you advocate every month and then Drontal or Milbemax every 4/6 months you'll be covered for all eventualities of worms apparently ( so I've been told) . I agree , I can't see why a Labrador or poodle assured breeder would breed doodles other than for the cash incentive . Having watched a bit of crufts I really can't understand why people pay big money for crossbreeds when there is such variety in the ' proper' breeds .

Chihuahuas Thu 21-Mar-13 22:51:44

I have 3 chihuahuas. One is very partial to her carrier for travelling on trains etc and would quite happily live in it I'm sure. It is a puppy angel one. It has to be hidden away otherwise she cries for it. the other two are fine on our laps when we travel. Although I can see myself getting a stroller for my old girl in the future as she can only walk for a bit and then her arthritis pain kicks in and she just sits down or refuses to walk any more and shows me her poorly leg smile

OP, if you are still around, would you be willing to PM me the name of your breeder?

Just an update on my puppy, vet said he could hit the pavements on Tuesday so yesterday we went for a walk with other dogs, he absolutely loved it but did need his doggy handbag which he happily jumped in and out of when needed. It was just what he needed as he could stick his head out the front, watch the other dogs and jump out again when he was ready.

Itsnotahoover Fri 22-Mar-13 23:18:44

My cross came from a KC assured breeder, however her litter was a total accident as they bred both Border Collies and Toy Poodles and didn't realise, until the litter was brn, that their Poodle stud dog had somehow got in with their BC bitch!

I agree with carrying the pup in your arms, not a carrier. They need to learn to socialise and a carrier is just cutting them off from the outside world.

issey6cats Sat 23-Mar-13 18:02:07

has no one picked up that the op said she went to a FARM to see this puppy or is it just me seeing red flags and puppy farming going on here

Chihuahuas Sat 23-Mar-13 18:34:33

I think this particular breeder just happens to actually live on a farm. Puppy farming doesnt have to happen on an actual farm.

If the breeder is selling LOTS of puppies and of different breeds and/or letting the pup go too soon then i would be worried. Around ten weeks is a good time to take one.

Questions I would also be asking are..how many litters has mum had (should be no more than 4), how old is mum (she should be younger than 8 and older than 1), who is dad..look into family history to make sure no inter breeding. Anything outside of this is not responsable breeding.

Of course if you take rescues then you dont have an opportunity to do any of this..two of my chis are rescues and are dogs with issues..one came from a puppy farm as a breeding bitch and was bred before she was one and is a sweet little thing and traumatised for life. sad

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