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AuntiePickleBottom Thu 06-Jan-11 21:11:01

how can i tell if the owner is not just breeding for profit.

DooinMeCleanin Thu 06-Jan-11 21:13:32

You could rescye. Rescue workers aren't in it for the money. Many Tears gets a lot of puppies as they rescue from puppy farmers in Ireland and take in pregnant dogs.

Or you could consider an older rescue dog. Lots rae put into rescue between the age of 6 and 18 months, so they are hardly old.

Vallhala Thu 06-Jan-11 21:36:04

YABU to want to buy a puppy when hundreds of healthy dogs and pups are being killed in English pounds alone each week for want of homes.

Buy One, Get One Killed

charliesmommy Thu 06-Jan-11 21:37:19

Plenty of puppies are in rescue centres at this time of year. Ideal time if you really want a dog.

FabbyChic Thu 06-Jan-11 21:38:13

YOu dont get many pedigrees in Rescue Centres of a specific bread, the OP might want a Westie.

Vallhala Thu 06-Jan-11 21:41:20

FabbyChic, you'd be surprised. Many Tears, for example, generally has scores of pups.

Vallhala Thu 06-Jan-11 21:41:56

Many Tears Rescue

gremlindolphin Thu 06-Jan-11 21:46:33

That is an amazing video! So short but v effective.

spybear Thu 06-Jan-11 22:09:04

I would like to get a puppy/dog and have looked into rescuing a dig, but the places I have looked into wouldn't let me have one as I have under 5's.

spybear Thu 06-Jan-11 22:10:39

Also, if a breeder is In it for the money, they still may be giving the pups a good upbringing, like a fare almost?!

charliesmommy Thu 06-Jan-11 22:11:32

What breed would you be thinking of getting though.

Some rescues will consider families with young children, but will want to come and do a house safety check first, which is a reasonable request.

CalamityKate Thu 06-Jan-11 22:12:33

A really, really good breeder probably isn't making much profit, if any. In fact, bringing up a litter of pups properly can often result in the breeder LOSING money.

spybear Thu 06-Jan-11 22:13:25

I was thinking a small dog like a cocker spaniel, all of the centres I have looked at have said no.

Tolalola Thu 06-Jan-11 22:14:44

Rescue rescue rescue

FabbyChic Thu 06-Jan-11 22:15:55

I got my puppy from someone who advertised on the net, I wanted a Westie, the house was clean, wasn't happy with how the parents were kept, just wanted to get the little puppy out of the cage and take him home and look after him.

They could not even remember when he was born!

CalamityKate Thu 06-Jan-11 22:16:01

Back yard breeders are generally breeding because a) They see pound signs, b) "She'd make a luvverly Mum/it's nice for the kiddies to witness the Miracle Of Birth, innit/it's natural/it's good for them to have one litter before they're spaded*" or c) A mixture of a) and b).

*I am aware that the proper term is "spayed" but the sort of person who thinks it's a good idea to let their dog have a litter often isn't.

AuntiePickleBottom Thu 06-Jan-11 22:16:14

a jack russle pup, don't mind if it is pedigree or not, never seen the diffrence.

thanks for the link, will have a look now

LoopyLoopsOfSparklyFairyLights Thu 06-Jan-11 22:16:19

YABU. Why would you want to give money to someone who makes a profit out of inbreeding dogs when so many are homeless and put to sleep every day? Why would you even want a pedigree dog? They are much more likely to have genetic medical issues. Go to a rescue centre.

Vallhala Thu 06-Jan-11 22:16:46

Any reputable rescue will homecheck first, charliesmommy. One which doesn't should be avoided as a homecheck is for the benefit of both adopter AND dog.

The smaller, independent rescues are far more likely to judge on a family by family/dog by dog basis than the big rescues, such as DT and the RSPCA, who tend to have blanket policies about who they will home to, spybear. My advice would be to try various ones, remember that some rehome across the country not just locally, such as Many Tears, for example. This is particularly true of breed rescue - eg, German Shepherd Rescue UK will rehome across the country.

AuntiePickleBottom Thu 06-Jan-11 22:23:05

who said i wanted a pedigree dog.

it does not bother me, i have never bought a dog but i have always had jack russle dogs at home so i am have more knowledge on that breed

Slubberdegullion Thu 06-Jan-11 22:29:34

Val that you tube link you have posted has made me absolutely furious. do you really think that? That all the posters you regularly chat and give advice to in the dogs house topic who have bought puppies from reputable breeders are responsible for killing a dog?

Memoo Thu 06-Jan-11 22:32:28

We got a labradoodle pup from a rescue centre a few years ago. There were so many puppies and young dogs in there. I think we only paid about £30 and they immunised and spayed her too.

FabbyChic Thu 06-Jan-11 22:33:56

Labradoodles are lovely!

ComeAlongPond Thu 06-Jan-11 22:35:03

Oh goodness, that Many Tears site is heartbreaking. Georgio is gorgeous. I wish I was in a position to have a dog, but sadly I'm not at the moment. I may be next year but it will depend where I live.

Val, I have a question. My parents already have a labrador, he's lovely and I adore him. It's possible I could convince them to take on another dog (not sure, but will try). However, the labrador sees another dog and either decides they are best friends for life OR decides they are enemies, and his mind will not be changed. He isn't vicious towards other dogs, but he isn't friendly, either, if he takes a disliking to them. He can be quite territorial. What would the situation be with adopting another dog? Obviously it would be wrong to bring in another dog if they didn't get on, but would they get to meet first, that sort of thing?

Memoo Thu 06-Jan-11 22:35:51

She is lovely fabby, she is so gentle with the dc, we couldn't have got a nicer dog

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